youth briefing in Adama

On August 18 TE Adama center has undertaken a half day briefing session with 50 youths in Adama town. The youths were gathered from three categories of the youth group, based on their level of responsibility and participation in the kebele level where they work. These groups are; Youth Federation (the official representatives of both youth federations and youth community), youth league (made up of politically active and vibrantly participating youth) and youth communion (including all young people). The representatives of the youth bureau, Ato Alemayehu, made an opening speech and underscored the vital roles of the youth in fighting corruption by working hand in hand with other governmental and non-governmental organization and by further extending their awareness to the community at large to develop a generation that condemns corruption and impropriety. The session was impressive, participatory and attractive. Finally, they definitely promised to work with us in the upcoming times. On behalf of TE, we encouraged them to keep in touch with transparency Ethiopia via email, face book.

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Youth briefing session

collageTransparency Ethiopia conducted a half-day briefing session with 50 Bole sub-city youth leaders on the topic of meaning, characteristics and impacts of corruption generally and the impact of corruption on the youth specifically. Mr. Bireda, the youth department project officer at Bole sub-city, gave a keynote speech on the importance of these kinds of training to fight corruption and more importantly the huge impact it has for the youth. Mr. Bireda also greatly appreciated Transparency Ethiopia for willing to conduct such kinds of training and on the overall activities, TE has undertaken to fight corruption. Following the briefing, the participants were grouped into 5 groups, each group containing 10 participants, and were given two discussion topics (what is the impact of corruption on the youth and what should be the role and responsibility of the youth in the fight against corruption). Each group exhaustively discussed the topics and presented their views by their group representative. 
The presentation was impressive. Core issues were raised in the presentation as to how corruption affects the youth; like unemployment, hopelessness, migration, unpatriotic etc. and as to the role of the youth in the fight against corruption, the participants raised reporting corrupt activities, standing alongside the government and other concerned bodies in the fight against corruption, giving more emphasis on ethics and social values etc. 
According to the pre and post-assessment report the participants filled out, they acquired a better understanding and knowledge about corruption, its impacts, and the means to fight it, after attending the briefing session. And almost all participants found the briefing to be useful. At the end, the participants agreed to pass on the lesson they got from the training to youths in their respective district and requested for other and similar briefing sessions to be given to them in the near future.

 

Doctor, Artist Tesfaye Sahilu

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We have lost one of our childhoods tutor and a great father, who has laid the ethical foundation for many of us. This great man has shaped many children of our generations in the right pattern and was more influential in doing so better than schools and even parents. We thank you honorable Doctor, Artist Tesfaye Sahilu, for the many years of unreserved, priceless and persistent dedication you’ve showed towards children and the youth in teaching ethics, morality, and good manners.  Many of us are in a decent and respected positions in our lives and a humble and ethical member of the society all because of you. Many of us wouldn’t be where we’re at today if it wasn’t for you. We salute you and our condolences goes to his family and close friends and to all Ethiopians. May your soul rest in peace!

Dialogue platform on the issue of land governance and responsible large scale agricultural investment

Transparency Ethiopia organized and conducted a one day dialogue plat form with different stake holders from CSOs, government actors and the private sector, engaged in agriculture and related fields, on the issue of land governance and responsible large scale Agricultural Investment with the financial support granted by the EU civil society fund II and GIZ in Addis Ababa on August 16, 2017 at Panorama Hotel.

The platform aimed at briefing the gathered stakeholders on the matter of land governance in general and responsible large scale agricultural investment in particular and revolved around rules and regulations governing the land administration systems in Ethiopia and the voluntary guideline which Ethiopia has adhered to. The objective of the platform was to sensitize the use of such platforms to address existing issues and problems.

In the platform a brief presentation on TE and its activities was presented by Mr Samuel K followed by an in-depth presentation by Mr Endalkachew G. on rules that govern land administration in Ethiopia and voluntary guidelines. A group discussion was also made and presented by each group on a sample land contractual agreement. At the end reflection and comments were forwarded by the participants. The absence of land use and administration policy in Ethiopia was raised by many participants as a setback regarding land related issues in Ethiopian legal system.

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Corruption Crackdown

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A few days ago the government has arrested about 34 higher government officials, brokers, and business man suspected of corruption. On July 29, additional information was released by the federal attorney general. In the press release, the federal attorney general Ato Getachew pointed out that the number of government officials, brokers, and business man suspected of corruption and put under police custody has reached 42. Ato Getachew underlined the operation of arresting those suspected of corruption will continue. Also, the amount of money embezzled from the government and the people was put in detail by the attorney general. Accordingly,

  • From the federal road authority 1 billion 358 million birr,
  • From Sugar Corporation, Tendaho and Omo Kuraz Sugar Development Projects worth 1 billion birr 21 million birr,
  • From Ministry of Finance and Economic Development,  1.1 billion birr,
  • From Addis Ababa City Roads Authority over 198 million birr and
  • From Addis Ababa Housing Development Project Office, over 41 million birr

Source; Addis Ababa, FBC (Fana Broadcasting Corporate S.C.), July 29, 2017

The aggregate of the listed amount of money believed to be embezzled is more than 3.7 billion Ethiopian birr. This is a huge amount of money. It may not seem to be that huge when it is indicated in numbers. But the loss is very cumbersome when it is estimated in terms of how many significant and very essential   infrastructural projects which our society desperately is in need of, are stolen and put into greedy individual’s pockets. Imagine if these much money was spent on the proposed plans, if it was spent on building large hospitals in every region, imagine how many lives could have been saved. So many schools could have been built which could have graced us with the next scientist, doctors, engineers, lawyers, leaders etc. imagine how many houses (condominiums) could have been built for the many Ethiopians who don’t have houses. Imagine how many roads could have been built, connecting Addis Ababa with different regions making activities like trade very smooth and contributing a lot for the region’s economic development and creating job opportunities for the many unemployed fresh graduates. Instead all this money is accumulated in the hands of the few who are very greedy, selfish, and cruel citizens who abuse and live a lavish life style at the expense of the many who are economically poor. But the action being taken recently by the government on these individuals is very encouraging. These people should be brought to justice for they have committed the worst possible crime out there, corruption. The government should be appreciated for these honorable act and once again for standing beside the people.