Enhancing urban resilience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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The World Bank’s City Strength diagnostics aim to measure a city’s capacity to address different kinds of shocks and stresses, from natural disasters and environmental vulnerability to health crises and social risks. The latest issue of the City Strength series focuses on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s booming capital city.

In this video, Lead Urban Specialist Maria Angelica Sotomayor presents some of the key findings from the diagnostic, and explains how the World Bank is collaborating with local stakeholders to make Addis Ababa a stronger, more resilient city.

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January 11, 2016

Very interesting framework to define risks in cities. A framework on financing is a task still on going within international community.

January 31, 2016

Dear Sotomayor:
Thank you so much for the video. This video is yet another testimony of Ethiopian officials land grab from Oromo farmers. The impact of Ethiopian land use policy need to be examined both at Macro and Micro level. The land is a commodity that few ruling party members are garbing illegally from farmers depriving their livelihood and their family's future. This is happening in major cities in the county, in particular in Oromia state.
This far more than 150 Oromo students killed while peacefully protesting. How come this is not taken under consideration in your study. What is the impact of land use policy and who is benefiting from the policy?
On the other side there is a false narrative about Ethiopia - Ethiopia rising. Its GDP growing. See the attached "Ethiopia: Ban Urges World to Support Ethiopia's Efforts to Battle Worst Drought in 30 Years (1/31/16)". The county is in a worst famine year to year. You can't help your family from abroad depriving them of food for political servitude. The country couldn't feed its people. The ruling party is enriching itself. All of ruling party kids are in foreign schools at the expense of government. Where is a hope for democracy when the opposition party members and journalists are silenced and let die in prison.
It is my sincere request that world bank look into its narrative about Ethiopia from factual on the ground perspective. Thank you so much,