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Ethiopia: Unemployment

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps he has taken to tackle unemployment in Ethiopia; and if he will make a statement. (211821)

The Department for International Development's work in Ethiopia is focused on three main areas: improving governance, promoting human development, and encouraging sustainable growth. Through the Productive Safety Net Programme cash or food is provided for vulnerable households in exchange for temporary employment on public works. In addition, our contribution to the Protection of Basic Services programme enables the Ethiopian Government to pay the salaries of staff working in health and education.