Operating context:

Africa Oil Ethiopia (AOE) is a key oil exploration company in Ethiopia. With blocks in the North East, South East and South West of the country, AOE operates those in Adigala and the Rift Basin Area and is Joint Venture partner in both South Omo and the Ogaden. These cover the East Africa Tertiary Rift trend, the Jurassic and Permian-Triassic Rift trends. (Read More...)

Development Context:

Since 2009, Africa Oil (Ethiopia)'s CSR activities have focused both at the community level within Adigala Blocks 7&8, South Omo and the newest Rift Basin Area, as well as the national level. The areas around Africa Oil's activities are largely pastoralist communities, have limited access to infrastructure (ex. 4% of population in South Omo Zone has access to energy) and low educational uptake at primary education levels ( approximately 30%) which drops off even further (7%) at secondary levels.

Within this development context, Africa Oil's community development initiatives have focused on strengthening community health and education. Africa Oil will evaluate the development needs on an on-going basis as exploration activities evolve.

The following are some of the projects supported by Africa Oil in Ethiopia:

Community Health
  • Ambulance donation to Hargelle Zonal Hospital
  • Construction of Human Health Posts (HHPs) - (Balidari, Oman, Qabobe, Idhadami, Mahder Kebeles)
  • Construction of Alternative Basic Schools (Abakarrow, Golbalayo,Dolobay,Dirhindir)
  • Distribution of human drugs to clinics (Hargelle, Dolobay and Elkere districts)
  • Doctors training in Karamara Hospital
  • Irrigation pumping system in Dolo Bay - Bedessle
  • Construction of Birkas/water point (Burkhale and Duhnkung)
  • MCM Intensive Care Unit - equipment donation
  • Intensive care unit nurse training program in partnership with Trauma Care Ethiopia
Education and Skills
  • Construction of 8 class rooms, Teacher's residence and Latrines at Adhigala Primary School,
  • Construction of water tanker basements for 2 schools and supply of school desks
Access to Energy
  • Solar lamp distribution to students (Mette, Hadahkalay, Ayliso, Harray, Harawa and Milo kebeles)
Sustainable Livelihoods and Economic development
  • Distribution of farming hand tools to communities settled by riverside in Hargele, Elkere and Dolobay districts.
  • Distribution of Vet drugs in Milo Kebele

Community Health: MCM Hospital

In 2010, the Lundin Foundation funded the construction and equipment for MCM Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - the nation's most modern and well equipped Intensive Care Unit. In 2012, to further strengthen ICU capacities in the country, the Foundation also funded the first BSc ICU nursing program offered in collaboration with Millennium College, Trauma Care Ethiopia and St. Paul Hospital. The program has admitted 16 nurses from across the country and will now be integrated into the regular training curriculum at St. Paul's Hospital, as well as being replicated across other medical institutions.

The ICU has since been benchmarked by the Ministry of Health as a key model for referral for other hospitals and is now being used as a practical training site for ICU nursing students.

Education and Skills: Milo School Expansion

Milo School Expansion

AOE conducted a needs assessment in the Adigala concession which revealed that the Milo school had limited capacity to accommodate the needs of local communities. Expanding the school was a high priority given the high density of population and Milo's position as the capital of the pastoralist community and cultural centre in the Adigala concession.

AOE funded the construction of the school and furnishings including 120 school desks, blackboards and chairs, all sourced from local contractors, furthering the local economic benefits. Since the handover of the school to the local community, Milo school has expanded to include grade 10 and has improved local access to education.

Community Health: Ambulance Service Hargelle Zone

The Hargelle Zone in the Ogaden Block has one modest hospital facility servicing over 450,000 inhabitants. During AOE's operatorship of the block, the community had identified a significant barrier to accessing quality health care. This was the lack of an ambulance capable of responding to trauma cases or referring complicated childbirth cases to better-equipped facilities nearby. The Zone Elders and Administrators requested AOE's intervention to provide an ambulance dedicated to the hospital. After consulting the Regional Health Bureau, AOE funded the purchase of an ambulance which is now owned and operated by the Zone Hospital.