Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Public Participation: Cementing GERD

The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam /GERD/ is being undertaken by Ethiopians at home and the Diaspora in all corners of the globe; no financial assistance from international, continental and regional organizations.

Director General of the Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation to the Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam /GERD/, Aregawi Berhe (PhD) stated that Ethiopia’s aspiration and commitment for development is best demonstrated through the unanimous support and contribution to the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

From the very inception, the GERD has been an attempt to answer what has been our generation’s quest for an equitable and reasonable utilization of the Abay River and other rivers contributing to Nile from Ethiopia.

Aregawi Berhe (PhD)

“As an Ethiopian citizen I have bought bond; as Director General of the Office I am working hard day in day out to help achieve the objective of the office I am responsible for.”

Besides bond purchase and fundraising events, the general public, the Diaspora, government and private institutions, as well as scholars in universities across the country have begun to show enhanced interest to raise public awareness on the Abay issue through organizing various seminars, workshops and public gathering.

Public involvement is necessary for the efficient implementation of development projects in Ethiopia. Public involvement is not only required for development projects affecting the environment, but is also necessary for identifying the impact projects will have on communities.

As Ethiopia is among the Least Developed Countries (LDC), striving hard to be a middle-income nation in the next few years, it will need to receive technical and financial international assistance in this area. Most importantly, it has to consolidate its plan to put in place the home-grown economic development initiative, thereby averting dependency syndrome the country has pursued for many years.

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