Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Welcoming Home Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Welcoming Home Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Addis Ababa, Ethiopia October 24, 2019 (As prepared for delivery)   It’s a great pleasure and honor to welcome you all here this evening. I’m particularly pleased to be joined in hosting you tonight by Jessye Lapenn, our newly arrived U.S. Ambassador …

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New U.S. Investment to Help Ethiopia’s Education System Prepare University Graduates for the Workplace

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Save the Children and Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced $2 million in new institutional capacity development support to Ethiopian higher education institutions through USAID’s Building the Potential of Youth Activity (POTENTIAL); a five-year project implemented by Save the Children. The support will address some of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at SolveIt Closing Ceremony

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the SolveIt Closing Ceremony Addis Ababa August 19, 2019 (As prepared for delivery)   The Honorable Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Daisuke Matsunaga, The Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mr. Makoto Shinkawa, Distinguished guests, colleagues, and friends, And most importantly, the wonderful and very impressive participants in …

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Call for Applications for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for Mid-Career Professionals

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a United States government-funded exchange program that brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Ethiopia Hacks! 5.0: River Basin Restoration

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted the Fifth Hackathon as part of its Ethiopia Hacks! Program.  Participants were challenged to develop technological solutions to support the Addis Ababa river basin restoration project. To help participants get started, the U.S. Embassy brought U.S. expert Dr. Melinda Laturi, Professor of Eco System Science and Sustainability Director …

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U.S. Embassy Embassy-Sponsored Hackathon Focused on Countering Misinformation

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted the fourth hackathon as part of its Ethiopia Hacks! Program.  In anticipation of World Press Freedom day, Ethiopia Hacks! 4.0 challenged participants to develop technological solutions for online fact checking. Participants began their work on Friday, April 19, with presentations from U.S. Embassy Spokesperson Nick Barnett, Associated Press …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Workshop on “Internationalization and Capacity Building in Ethiopian Higher Education”

The U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) are hosting a three-day workshop from March 5-7, 2019 in Addis Ababa focused internationalization – process where universities and colleges around the world seek opportunities develop mutually beneficial relationships, creating direct exchanges that drawing in diverse experiences, skills, and knowledge from around the …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at the Internationalization Conference

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at the Internationalization Conference Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 5, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good morning. I’m happy and honored to be here at the start of this conversation about the future of higher education in Ethiopia. I confess that when I first heard about this conference, the concept …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Africa English Language Fellows Midyear Conference & 50th Anniversary Celebration

The U.S. Embassy hosted the annual Africa English Language Fellows Midyear Conference that also marked the 50th Anniversary of English Language Fellow program from February 20 – 21, 2019.  The conference brought together more than 20 English Language Fellows serving in 13 African countries – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, …

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U.S. Embassy Organizes Second EthiopiaHacks! Hackathon on Digital ID

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa launched the second in a series of 12 hackathons under its Ethiopia Hacks! Program. The theme of the second hackathon, held at the American Center in Addis Ababa, was “digital identification”, where participants explored out technology could be used to register and correctly identify refugees and Internally Displaced People …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Ethiopia Debates!

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to launch Ethiopia Debates! Ethiopia Debates! is a nationwide program that creates an interactive platform for university students to engage in a series of debate competitions, during which they learn public speaking skills, and constructive dialogue and debate techniques on a variety of cross-cutting issues. Debate club members will have …

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U.S. Embassy Offers Training for Senior Media Editors

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is offering a week-long capacity building workshop for senior editors from private and state media organizations across Ethiopia.  The training is conducted by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) at the Oromia Broadcasting Network (OBN) headquarters in Adama from February 4-8, 2019. The workshop focuses on enhancing the …

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U.S. Embassy Launches 2nd SolveIT! — National Innovation Competition

The U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is sponsoring the second SolveIT! A national innovation competition, where Ethiopian youths will develop tech-based solutions to address community challenges. The program officially launched in Addis Ababa on February 1, 2019, with regional launches to follow in 14 other cities in …

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New U.S. Investment Continues Support to Strengthen Ethiopia’s Education System

– The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education launched the new READ II project to improve the reading and writing skills of 15 million children in grades 1-8. The five-year, $86 million READ II project will build on successful partnerships forged between USAID and the Ministry of Education …

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Ambassador Michael Raynor Addresses Jimma University Students

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Addresses Jimma University Students Jimma University, Jimma November 1, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Hi everyone, It’s great to see you all here; thanks very much for coming. My Embassy colleagues and I have a schedule full of great events during our trip to Jimma, including a visit to …

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United States Provides Back-to-School Materials for Displaced Children

The U.S. Government has provided new school materials for 147,000 displaced children in Oromia, Somali, and SNNP regional states. Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this effort is aimed at protecting vulnerable children’s rights to education following internal conflicts that have displaced approximately 2 million people in Ethiopia. USAID and the Ministry …

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U.S. Embassy Showcases Winning Projects from Solve IT! Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa wrapped up its SolveIT! competition with a public showcase of 31 innovative technology projects on September 22, 2018.  SolveIt! is a national innovation competition launched by the U.S. Embassy in collaboration with U.S.-based NGO Humanity plus (H+) and iCog Labs and an Ethiopian Artificial Intelligence (AI) company. The SolveIT! …

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Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at Solve It! National Competition

Michael Raynor  U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia at Solve IT! National Competition Mosaic Hotel, Addis Ababa September 22, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Her Excellency, Ms. Efra Ali, State Minister for Science and Technology. Distinguished guests, friends and colleagues. Thank you very much for being here this afternoon, as we celebrate the fantastic results of an …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell at SolveIt! Reception

Troy Fitrell U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affairs at Solve It! Reception U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa September 21, 2018 (As prepared for delivery)   Good afternoon and thank you all for coming. First, I want to congratulate each of you for being here – a huge accomplishment all by itself. You’ve been selected because you had an idea …

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2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Program

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program brings young African leaders to the United States for academic and leadership training and will create unique opportunities to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions in Africa. …

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U.S. Embassy Promotes Volunteerism and Community Service

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 30, 2018:- This summer the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa opened its American Spaces for young Ethiopian leaders to volunteer their time and expertise to others in their communities. The program builds on other initiatives where the United States is investing in the capacity of Ethiopians to achieve constructive change in their country. More than 50 …

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: FULBRIGHT AFRICAN RESEARCH SCHOLAR PROGRAM

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce the Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP) for the 2019/2020 academic year. The ARSP is administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a division of the Institute of …

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U.S. Embassy Warns of Scams – There Are No Fees to Enter the Embassy or American Spaces

The U.S. Embassy has been alerted to reports of scams, where unsuspecting residents are offered access to the Embassy compound for visa interviews, or to visit American Spaces.  The Embassy wishes to reiterate that no such fees are required. The Embassy’s American Spaces Program offers free public access to facilities that include state of the …

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Call for Applications for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a United States government-funded Fulbright program that brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Troy Fitrell at a reception in honor of the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows from Ethiopia

Congratulations to all the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders finalists and alternates!  You’ve been selected for one of the most exciting, inspiring and life-changing exchange programs from the Department of State.

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Troy Fitrell at the 4th ELPA Annual Conference

The U.S. Embassy is proud to support English language teaching in Ethiopia, and we have made it a priority in our engagement with universities and others.  In the 21st century mastery of English language is not just a luxury, it is a requirement for full engagement in the global economic and global scholarship. 

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4th English Language Professionals’ Association Conference Held in Addis

The 4th English Language Professionals’ Association (ELPA) Annual Conference was held from April 28 – 29, 2018 at the Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE) training center. The two-day conference focused on the theme of “Building Reading Culture in Schools” and brought together more than 325 English language professionals from throughout Ethiopia and ten …

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English Access Microscholarship Program Launched at Bahir Dar University

The English Access Microscholarship Program in Bahir Dar was launched at Bahir Dar University today.  “Through the Access program, Ethiopian youths will acquire English language and life skills that will create new opportunities and pave the way to a successful future,” said Counselor for Public Affairs David Kennedy.  He added, “These students are part of …

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United States Supports Widening Access to Justice through Clinical Legal Education

The U.S. State Department in partnership with the Addis Ababa University School of Law launched a new project titled Widening Access to Justice through Clinical Legal Education today and marked the event with a ceremony at Addis Ababa University. The project aims to improve access to justice through the provisioning of legal aid service to …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Troy Fitrell at Honoring President John F. Kennedy’s Legacy in Supporting Education

Remarks by Troy Fitrell  Deputy Chief of Mission in Honoring President John F. Kennedy’s Legacy in Supporting Education Hawassa College of Teachers Education, Ethiopia December 14, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon everyone. I’d like to thank Ato Mitiku Kajisho (mɪtɪku kɑːdʒʃɔː), Vice Dean of the Hawassa College of Teacher Education (HCTE), and Ato …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is pleased to announce the launch of the Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program – Ethiopia, which will  bring American scholars to teach, research, and collaborate in over sixty academic disciplines from 2018-2019 in Ethiopia. The program is launched by the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, in partnership with Bahir Dar University, …

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USAID-funded TV Series to Boost Reading, Writing, and Social Skills

In a collaborative effort to improve the reading and writing skills of Ethiopian students, the U.S. government supported a local social enterprise in the production of the Tsehai Loves Learning educational T.V. series. The episodes were launched at the Ethiopian National Archives and Library Agency in Addis Ababa. The Tsehai Loves Learning episodes are part …

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Remarks by Troy Fitrell at Peace Corps Ethiopia Swearing-In Ceremony

Remarks by Troy Fitrell Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy At Peace Corps Ethiopia Swearing-In Ceremony  U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa September 15, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Selam nau and indemen aderachu!  Aqam Aqam! Kemey Wu’elkum!  Good afternoon! My duties as Charge d’Affaires require me to perform many functions, but this is my first opportunity …

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39 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn in at U.S. Embassy

Charge d’Affaires Troy Fitrell administered the oath of service to 39 new Peace Corps Volunteers at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa today. These Volunteers will be working as English Teachers in the four administrative regions of Amhara, Tigray, Oromiya, and SNNPR. With this new group there are now 130 Peace Corps Volunteers in Ethiopia …

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Improving Access for Persons with Disabilities

The U.S. Embassy and the National Archives and Library Agency (NALA) today signed a $90,000 (over 2 million ETB) co-financing agreement for the construction of a public-access elevator that will make the resources of the Library and the Colonel John C. Robinson American Center user-friendly and available to all. The partnership between the U.S. Embassy …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Troy Fitrell at the Elevator Installation Grant Signing Ceremony

Remarks by Troy Fitrell Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Elevator Installation Grant Signing Ceremony American Center, Ethiopia September 14, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, In any society, everyone needs to have a role in contributing to success.  As communities, we need to make an effort to enable all …

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U.S.-Ethiopian University Linkage Seed Grant Competition

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia Grants Notice: U.S.-Ethiopian University Linkage Seed Grant Competition   The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia is pleased to announce a competition for U.S.-Ethiopian University Linkage Seed Grant projects through the Public Diplomacy Grants program.  The purpose of funding these projects …

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Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the International Community School

Remarks by Peter Vrooman Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Classroom Building at the International Community School of Addis Ababa June 02, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Thank you for the introduction and for the invitation to attend this important event.  I would first like to acknowledge …

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Call for applications for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

FULBRIGHT PROGRAM FOR MID-CAREER PROFESSIONALS The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a United States government-funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.  Initiated in 1978, this program is part of the Fulbright exchange programs. The Humphrey Fellowship brings accomplished professionals from designated countries in Africa, Asia, the …

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50th Anniversary of JFK Library at Addis Ababa University Celebrated with Photo Exhibition

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – In honor of the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy Memorial Library  at Addis Ababa University (AAU), The United States Embassy partnered with AAU to host an event opening a new photo exhibition commemorating President Kennedy’s life and work.  The exhibition will be on view at the University from May 15, …

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USAID Support to ISTEP Program Gets People with Disabilities into the Workplace

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 5, 2017 – Over the past three years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) Association to help hundreds of people with disabilities to prepare for and enter the workforce. The Inclusive Training and Employment Program for and by persons with …

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USAID Provides School Supplies for Students in Drought Affected Areas

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 27, 2016 – The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development, has completed the printing and delivery of critical scholastic materials for an estimated 2.8 million boys and girls throughout Ethiopia. USAID’s efforts were aimed at protecting vulnerable children’s right to education, following one of the worst droughts …

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English Access Microscholarship Program Launched at Hawassa University

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 24, 2016: The English Access Microscholarship Program in Hawassa was launched at Hawaasa University today.  “Education is the key to success, and through the Access program we are supporting Ethiopian youths to reach their full potential as citizens and future leaders,” said Cultural Attache Li Ping Lo.  She added, “With the …

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U.S. – Ethiopia Universities Seek Partnership to Ensure Food Security And Broader Engagement

The Public Affairs Section of U.S Embassy in Addis Ababa organized a workshop on Higher Education Linkages between U.S. and Ethiopian universities August 15-17, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel. The workshop was divided into two segments: a one-day workshop on August 15 for the U.S. delegation and 12 leading Ethiopian agricultural universities focused on food …

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