Albeit impressive economic increase which is hailed for reducing absolute poverty by half, Ethiopia stands part the crowd to be challenged by sharing the benefits of this increase part its vulnerable urban poor, a group which has grown in size in the completed decade.
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Accordingly, the issue of the vulnerable and the destitute looks to be creeping on to the policymakers and their development partners in preceding months. Both the IMF and WB in their recent research works regarding Ethiopia has dealt with the issue of urban poverty and associated gain inequality. Almost equally alert is the Government of Ethiopia which has finalized its preparation to roll out a USD 559 million Urban Productive Safety Net Program, write Asrat Seyoum and Birhanu Fikade.