[EN] Support for the Heroes Risking their Lives – the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic​

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Let’s Support the Heroes Risking their Lives to Save their Fellow Citizens from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

  To: Ethiopians, Friends of Ethiopia, fellow humans in The Netherlands and across Europe

The Ethiopian health sector, which is under strain even in ordinary times, is currently under a heavy burden of saving the lives of its citizens from the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The chronic shortage of personal protective equipment (masks, testing kits and sanitizer) is now one of the most urgent threats to the effort of saving lives.

Without our concerted support, it could collapse very fast! 

 

The Ethiopian Professionals Network is helping organize a fundraising for the frontline health workers who are risking their lives and the lives of their family members to help the Ethiopian people. 

It is time to put together our prayers and contributions!

LET US SUPPORT THEM NOW!!


The Ethiopian Ambassador to The Netherlands, H.E. Million Samuel Gebre, is in direct contact with the National Coordinating Committee formed to combat the Coronavirus and is leading efforts to mobilise and coordinate support for health professionals confronting the Coronavirus Pandemic in Ethiopia.  

 

Because of logistical challenges, the most efficient way to support is bank transfer to an account dedicated to support the purchase of medical kits for Ethiopian Medical Corps:

Account Nr: NL88 INGB 0008 7177 66 

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia 

For large in-kind contribution or for any inquiries, please call The Ethiopian Embassy, The Hague:

Mr. Mulugeta: +31626651809
Dr Bogale: +31645219796

When you make a transfer, please mention your name, email address or telephone number. We will acknowledge your contribution and in due course report on what your generous support has achieved. 

EPN is established to provide a productive and trusted platform for the Ethiopian professionals in the Netherlands. It is led by a board that provides overall strategic direction for the day to day operations. EPN is registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK: 74010166). 

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[EN] Support for the Heroes Risking their Lives – the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic​

To: Ethiopians, Friends of Ethiopia, fellow humans in The Netherlands and across Europe:

The Ethiopian health sector, which is under strain even in ordinary times, is currently under a heavy burden of saving the lives of its citizens from the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The chronic shortage of personal protective equipment (masks, testing kits and sanitizer) is now one of the most urgent threats to the effort of saving lives.

Without our concerted support, it could collapse very fast!

The Ethiopian Professionals Network is helping organize a fundraising for the frontline health workers who are risking their lives and the lives of their family members to help the Ethiopian people.

[NL] Ondersteuning voor de helden die hun leven riskeren – de pandemie van het coronavirus (Covid-19)

Aan: alle Ethiopiërs en vrienden van Ethiopië in Nederland en in heel Europa:

De Ethiopische gezondheidssector, die zelfs in gewone tijden onder druk staat, staat momenteel onder zware druk om het leven van hun burgers te redden van de coronavirus pandemie.

Het chronische tekort aan persoonlijke beschermingsmiddelen (mondmaskers, testkits en ontsmettingsmiddelen) is nu een van de meest urgente bedreigingen voor het redden van levens. Zonder onze gezamenlijke steun zou de gezondheidssector in hoog tempo kunnen instorten.

De Ethiopian Professionals Network in Nederland helpt bij het organiseren van fondsenwerving voor de gezondheidswerkers die dagelijks hun leven riskeren om het Ethiopische volk te helpen.

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[NL] Ondersteuning voor de helden die hun leven riskeren – de pandemie van het coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Laten we de helden steunen die hun leven riskeren om hun medeburgers te redden van de pandemie van het coronavirus (Covid-19)

   Aan: alle Ethiopiërs en vrienden van Ethiopië in Nederland en in heel Europa

De Ethiopische gezondheidssector, die zelfs in gewone tijden onder druk staat, staat momenteel onder zware druk om het leven van hun burgers te redden van de coronavirus pandemie.

Het chronische tekort aan persoonlijke beschermingsmiddelen (mondmaskers, testkits en ontsmettingsmiddelen) is nu een van de meest urgente bedreigingen voor het redden van levens. Zonder onze gezamenlijke steun zou de gezondheidssector in hoog tempo kunnen instorten.

De Ethiopian Professionals Network in Nederland helpt bij het organiseren van fondsenwerving voor de gezondheidswerkers die dagelijks hun leven riskeren om het Ethiopische volk te helpen.

Het is tijd om onze gebeden en bijdragen samen te voegen!

LATEN WE ETHIOPIE NU STEUNEN!!

De Ethiopische ambassadeur van Nederland, H.E. Million Samuel Gebre, staat in direct contact met de Nationale Coördinatiecommissie die is opgericht om het Coronavirus te bestrijden en leidt de inspanningen voor het mobiliseren en coördineren van ondersteuning voor gezondheidswerkers die geconfronteerd worden met de Coronavirus Pandemie in Ethiopië.

Vanwege logistieke uitdagingen is de meest efficiënte manier van ondersteunen het overmaken van geld naar een speciaal account:

Rekeningnummer: NL88 INGB 0008 7177 66

T.n.v. Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Voor grote bijdragen in natura of voor vragen kunt u bellen met de ambassade van Ethiopië, Den Haag:

Dhr. Mulugeta: +31626651809
Dr. Bogale: +31645219796

Vermeld bij uw overboeking uw naam, e-mailadres en telefoonnummer. We zullen uw bijdrage erkennen en te zijner tijd rapporteren over wat met uw genereuze steun is bereikt.

EPN is opgericht om een ​​productief en vertrouwd platform te bieden aan de Ethiopische professionals in Nederland. Het wordt geleid door een bestuur dat strategische richting geeft. EPN staat ingeschreven bij de Kamer van Koophandel (KvK: 74010166).

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[EN] Support for the Heroes Risking their Lives – the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic​

To: Ethiopians, Friends of Ethiopia, fellow humans in The Netherlands and across Europe:

The Ethiopian health sector, which is under strain even in ordinary times, is currently under a heavy burden of saving the lives of its citizens from the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The chronic shortage of personal protective equipment (masks, testing kits and sanitizer) is now one of the most urgent threats to the effort of saving lives.

Without our concerted support, it could collapse very fast!

The Ethiopian Professionals Network is helping organize a fundraising for the frontline health workers who are risking their lives and the lives of their family members to help the Ethiopian people.

[NL] Ondersteuning voor de helden die hun leven riskeren – de pandemie van het coronavirus (Covid-19)

Aan: alle Ethiopiërs en vrienden van Ethiopië in Nederland en in heel Europa:

De Ethiopische gezondheidssector, die zelfs in gewone tijden onder druk staat, staat momenteel onder zware druk om het leven van hun burgers te redden van de coronavirus pandemie.

Het chronische tekort aan persoonlijke beschermingsmiddelen (mondmaskers, testkits en ontsmettingsmiddelen) is nu een van de meest urgente bedreigingen voor het redden van levens. Zonder onze gezamenlijke steun zou de gezondheidssector in hoog tempo kunnen instorten.

De Ethiopian Professionals Network in Nederland helpt bij het organiseren van fondsenwerving voor de gezondheidswerkers die dagelijks hun leven riskeren om het Ethiopische volk te helpen.

Contact Us

info@epnholland.org

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EPN Knowledge Transfer Project is Launched

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EPN Knowledge Transfer Project is Launched

As EPN moves determined to realize its vision, we are working on one of our primary objectives – facilitating knowledge transfer to Ethiopia. Needless to say, Ethiopia is among the top African countries suffering a high rate of brain drain, which is resulting in severe professional skill gap. On the other hand, the Ethiopian professionals in The Netherlands possess very valuable expertise that can be channeled to alleviate the skill gap in Ethiopia. That is why EPN has formed a highly motivated team dedicated to champion this cause. And the knowledge transfer team is already taking crucial steps. Some of the potential knowledge transfer areas have been identified in consultation with the relevant Ethiopian institutions.

 

One of our exciting upcoming projects is knowledge transfer to Ethiopian universities. A recent study shows that Africa generates less than 1% of the world’s research. Evidently, Ethiopian universities are struggling to deliver quality research partly due to shortage of skilled research supervisors. This project aims to alleviate this skill gap by involving interested EPN members in co-supervision of (masters or Ph.D.) university students in their research projects. The project also encompasses delivering relevant courses (trainings) to the universities; as well as facilitating partnership between Dutch institutions and Ethiopian universities. We are pleased to announce that we are actively working with some Ethiopian universities to start a pilot program this year.

In addition, the Ethiopian government has identified a list of prioritized sectors for knowledge transfer from The Netherlands. EPN’s knowledge transfer also endeavors to address this prioritized areas, which can be undertaken in different forms, such as providing trainings, working on projects, and establishing partnerships between Dutch and Ethiopian institutions. In this regard, we have had alignment discussions with both the Ethiopian embassy in The Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia that is coordinating the knowledge transfer initiatives.


Overall, EPN is gearing up to expedite knowledge transfer to Ethiopia! And we count on you as members of EPN to volunteer for this noble cause. Surely, this is a great opportunity for you to inspire students and professionals back home, as well empower Ethiopian institutions to achieve more. We believe that you will embrace the opportunity.

So why wait? If you are not a member of EPN yet, register to become a member. If you are already a member, you can also send send us an email at info@epnholland.org to show your interest to take part in this exciting journey.

Together we can make a difference!

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Lessons from Wageningen

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Lessons from Wageningen

Featuring Michael Hailu, Director CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU)

In this post we bring some words of wisdom from a seasoned professional, Mr. Michael Hailu,  who was a  guest speaker at EPN’s Wageningen networking event on December 14, 2019. 

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Michael tells the story of an ambitious young man who started his journey in Ethiopia as an intern in an international research institution called ILCA. His professional journey has taken him from Ethiopia to the US, Kenya, Indonesia, and The Netherlands. In the last thirty years, he has served in various positions in international research companies which finally led to his assignment as Director of the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA).

From his impressive background, we did not want to pass the opportunity to share some of his advice for the EPN community and young professionals in general. Here are ten points he jotted down for us.

1. Always keep learning

Michael points out that learning never stops and you should always seek out courses and certificates that help you professionally. He laughingly warns that this doesn’t mean to grab every certificate out there but to select those that advance us in our career. A good example from his own experience is the Strategic leadership training he took at Stanford University in the US. Michael says this has helped him in his leadership and management positions across a couple of organizations. 

2. Challenge the status quo.

With this point, Michael mentions that unless you are willing to go further than what is set as the bar by others, you may find it hard to stand out from the rest, however good you are.

3.  Look for a win-win situation

This is a very important point, especially as you move up the ladder, Michael says. And he adds, finding win-win solutions may also require more effort, patience and some creative thinking.

4. Surround yourself with positive people

This may have been said by many but Michael points out something that we Ethiopians usually find hard to do: cutting out friends and associates who do not have a positive influence on our lives. He says with a smile, “Of course we might have those that we are stuck with for one reason or the another.” He says it is up to us to expand our horizon and include in our lives those people that we can earn from and those who can be our mentors.

5. Be respectful to your colleagues

As Ethiopian, we might say this is part of our culture, but Michael also stresses that this should be the case whether they are our juniors or seniors. What is more important to note here is that this does not mean we have to agree with every person’s idea but rather to convey our point respectfully. Here he mentions the Indonesian saying that “no one wants to lose face,” where it is always preferred by Indonesian to receive constructive feedback one-to-one and not “lose-face” In front of other people.

6. Strive for a work-life balance

Here Michael stresses that one must choose what kind of life one wishes to have, especially when undertaking an international career. He mentions that although these kinds of jobs offer a lot in professional advancement, they also introduce some challenges related to the repeated move away from loved ones, stress on spouses’ career, children’s schooling, and so on. He says as a young, ambitious person, one may neglect family, focusing on one’s work and later pay sacrifices in his or her family life.

7. Learn how to navigate politics

As professionals, this is often an overlooked issue, especially early on in our career. But as you move up the ladder, this becomes important and you should be aware of it. Michael points out that it helps if you have strong values to help you navigate your way through complex institutional politics without losing your focus and reach your goals.

8.  Time passes much faster than you think

No surprises there, right? No matter how often you hear this, sometimes you find yourself wondering where your time goes and even surprised as you count the days, months, or years that have passed by since you started working. Michael admits that sometimes he also procrastinates on some issues, but he advises to do what you planned without much delay. Time will be passing anyway. You might as well do that thing you planned last year or last month!

9.  A bad decision is better than no decision

Michael borrows this quote to pass on to us that the fear of not making the right decision should not hold us back from making one. In any case, you might think you made a bad decision, only to find out later that it was after all not such a bad one or vice-versa. So, when the time comes, make your decision. You either succeed or learn from your mistakes; both take you a step forward!

10.  Embrace Change

This last one is especially fitting for our time, where everything seems to be changing fast. Michael shares a story of how being appointed to new positions thousands of miles away from his homeland had been difficult each time. Still, those changes had come with rewards and enriching experiences that would not have been achieved otherwise. He also remarks, with the rapid pace of change in climate, technology, and politics, our survival depends on being able to adapt to this dynamic situation.

Finally, we would like to part with Michael’s encouraging words: You have already embraced change by coming to the Netherlands as students, professionals or otherwise, it would not be too difficult to make the next step. Go for it! We would like to hear your story.

Stay tuned for our next networking event! 

Our deep gratitude  goes to

Mr. Michael Hailu,

Yodit Kebede, for organizing the event

Attendees at Wageningen event, for joining us

 Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU, for providing the venue

Kisanet Haile, for the speaker notes

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Ethiopian and Ghanaian diaspora received entrepreneurial training

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Ethiopian and Ghanaian diaspora received entrepreneurial training

Some members of EPN have participated in an exciting entrepreneurial training. The training, that has run for five consecutive Saturdays starting from Sept. 7 is part of the ED4D project that aims at encouraging Ethiopian and Ghanaian diaspora living in the Netherlands to engage themselves as entrepreneurs in their respective countries.

The twenty trainees, comprising of ten diaspora entrepreneurs from each country, had compelling business ideas that were either at a start-up phase or scale-up phase. The diversity of the business ideas were rather impressive – spanning a wide range of industries such as agriculture, IT, entertainment, tourism & hospitality, construction, manufacturing, health, and etc.

 

In addition to receiving training on a comprehensive set of entrepreneurial skills (covering business model development, financial model development, product design and development, HR & leadership, communication, and crowdfunding), the entrepreneurs also had the chance to network and have fun!

At the end of the trainings, there was a captivating competition where the entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas before a jury of ambassadors from the two countries and some experts. Guess what? Two of the three winners of the pitch competition are EPN’ers!
Hurray!!

Certainly, this training is an important enabler to realize EPN’s aspiration to engage in the development of Ethiopia through entrepreneurship. We thank our partner IOM for inviting us to participate in the training.

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