Donors May Continue Probe into Ethiopian Aid Misuse

Ethiopians wait for food aid. Major donors may continue their investigation of the Ethiopian government's aid misuse. Photo by: Evelyn_Hockstein / WFP

Major donors to Ethiopia may continue with their investigation into allegations that the African government is using foreign aid money to oppress its political opponents.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch issued a report in October, which stated that the government utilized “donor-supported programs” to control the opposition by denying it access to aid.

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The Development Assistance Group Ethiopia, composed of 26 donors, held a meeting recently to discuss the allegations, Sandra Baldwin, deputy director of the U.K. Department for International Development in Ethiopia, told Bloomberg in a phone interview Dec. 18. She did not reject the possibility of field research to probe into the accusations.

The group “has been actively discussing the additional work to follow up on the earlier” report into the allegations, Ken Ohashi, the World Bank’s country director for Ethiopia, told Bloomberg in an e-mail.

In a statement released in October, the donor group said it did not “concur with the conclusions” of the Human Rights Watch report.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

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