Amaretch (29) is a single Ethiopian mother of two, who lives with her parents. To cultivate her 0.75 acres of land, she stands alone. In her region, Tigray, women may own land, but they are not allowed to plough it. It must be done by a man who is then entitled to receive half the harvest. Such practice is not exactly beneficial for food security in a region where 30 to 40% of the households are female headed. Tigray lost many men under the Derg regime and during the war with Eritrea. Fortunately Amaretch was able to rely on the programme of Caritas and ADCS.
Belgium has announced a new contribution of EUR 18.75 million spanning 2015-2017 that will help UNRWA provide essential health, education, relief, social services and emergency relief assistance for Palestine refugees. The generous donation will help improve the lives of Palestine refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, and provide UNRWA a degree of sustainability in aid delivery.
On the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, the Federal Council of Ministers today approved a new list of fourteen partner countries for Belgian Development Cooperation. The present list of partner countries had not changed since 2004. Two new partner countries make their entry: Burkina Faso and Guinea. Besides the new list of partner countries, the international partner organisations of the multilateral cooperation were also decided.