Fighting that erupted in the northern region of Tigray in November 2020, and spilt over into neighbouring Afar and Amhara last year, has eased since a unilateral ceasefire by the federal government in March. read more
“The resource will be used to finance the activities designed to support … basic services,” the ministry said in a statement late on Monday.
Services that stand to benefit are education, health, water supply and a special effort to support survivors of gender-based violence in conflict-hit areas, it said.
Areas in Amhara, Afar, Tigray and the regions of Oromia and Benishangul-Gumuz are targeted to receive the funds, it said, adding that the government would sign up with third-party organisations to execute the project in high-conflict areas.
The violence in Oromia and Benishangul-Gumuz, home to several ethnic groups, is separate from the war in Tigray.
Reporting by Addis Ababa Newsroom, George Obulutsa in Nairobi; Editing by Clarence Fernandez