Government response

Ethiopia Peace and Development programme

Response to reports in The Guardian and Daily Telegraph about the Ethiopia Peace and Development programme

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Responding to reports in The Guardian and Daily Telegraph about the Ethiopia Peace and Development programme, a spokesperson said:

Not a penny of British money will go to the Liyu police force. Reforming the Special Police is critical for achieving a safe and secure Somali Region and, following a request from Human Rights Watch, we are discussing with UN partners how we might work together to improve the Police’s human rights record.

The Peace and Development programme will bring safety, security and justice, as well as healthcare, water and education, to hundreds of thousands of people in the Somali region of Ethiopia. The safety and justice part of this programme will boost personal safety and the quality and reach of justice services, particularly for women and girls.

Background

The Peace and Development Programme will create a more peaceful and inclusive Somali Region by helping:

  • 17,000 more girls and 39,000 more boys attend primary school
  • 75,000 more people access health services
  • 341,000 more people access improved water sources
  • 600,000 more women access to security and justice services
  • 700,000 people get a job and earn an income.

More about our work in Ethiopia

Published 11 January 2013