Ethiopia is marching in vibrant socio-economic development towards prosperous nation by uplifting the living standard of its citizen. Although in relative terms there is much to be done to eradicate the deep rooted poverty level, significant proportion of the society who are benefiting from the fruits of these socio-economic development undoubtedly are the rural community and the urban middle class, indicating how the implemented pro-poor socio-economic policies are aligned with the social needs and aspiration of the society at large.
For centuries, as a result of natural and manmade calamities, Amhara peoples had suffered with multitude of problems and lived in extreme poverty and destitution. Among the population that are affected more are the marginalized class of the elderly, disabled, and people exposed to social evils.
Elders are facing loss of guardianship at times of their retirement and exposed for chronic illness and even apparently seen no one to feed and treat them in nearby. The prejudice and stereotyping of the society on persons with disabilities (PWD) compounded by environmental barriers and their already inflicted injury and impairment remained one of the challenging issues that require an aggressive move on public awareness involving multi-sectoral approach and comprehensive development intervention strategies.
The bureau is also thriving to regulate the labour mobility in and out of the region. It manages and deals with the labour issues that arise in business enterprises which are governed by the labour law. Its ultimate objective is to create decent work, ensure and maintain the industrial peace.
According to the Central Statistics Authority (CSA) census report of 2007, out of the 18 million population of Amhara National Regional State, the elderly and disabled persons account for 5.9% and 1.1% respectively. Nevertheless, around 29% of the populations in the region live in extreme poverty. The CSA report discloses that the urban & rural unemployment rates of the regional state to be 14.3% & 0.6% respectively. Despite with all the limitations, there are also good news in terms of private and public investments currently creating more jobs which will be expected to expand significantly in the times to come.
In a nut shell, the Amhara National Regional State Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs avail itself provided that without the support and active involvement and participation of all pertinent stakeholders including the community, our vision cannot be realized. We upheld a candid way of community based programs as means of sustainable intervention strategy and underline the importance of Networking.
Therefore, this platform will serve us to synergize our effort and allow the flow of smooth and timely information with regard to our achievements in anticipation of boosting our capacity to address those managerial issues of efficiency and effectiveness. Let’s clamp our hands and sail together for the common good of our society.