The Development Assistance Group (DAG), a body of 27 development agencies working in Ethiopia, has written to the Ethiopian Government about assessment visits it has made over the past two years to resettlement sites in the west, south and east of the country, including the Lower Omo Valley. The letter manages a delicate balancing act.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have always claimed that there is no evidence of ‘systematic’ human rights abuses being carried out by the Ethiopian government in pursuit of its development plans in the Lower Omo.
In a new paper entitled "What future for lake Turkana: the impact of hydropower and irrigation development on the world’s largest desert lake", the Nairobi based hydrologist and consulting engineer, Dr Sean Avery, considers the impacts on the lake of river basin development in the Omo Valley. The paper is based on reports submitted by Dr Avery to the African Development Bank (2010) and to the African Studies Centre at Oxford University (2012).
In the five years since it was launched, Mursi Online has become the most widely used source of accurate information about the Mursi on the web and feedback from visitors has been consistently positive.
'Shooting with Mursi', a DFID/UK AID film made by Ben Young with Olisarali Olibui, was selected for screening at the 30th Cinéma du Réel Documentary Film Festival in Paris (24 March – 3 April 2010) and at the 10th Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival (12-16 May 2010).
On 16 May 2010, Ethiopia’s Capital newspaper reported that the Gibe III hydroelectric dam, now under construction in the middle basin of the Omo-Gibe River system, is to receive a long term loan of nearly half a billion USD from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
In May 2008 a small group from northern Mursiland spent two weeks visiting the Melako, Sera, Namunyak and Kalama Community Conservancies in Kenya. They learnt about the management, benefits and challenges of these conservancies, and had discussions with members of the Maasai, Rendille and Samburu communities which are actively involved in them.