Ethiopia Adopts Mobile Technology for GERD Fundraising: Lottery and SMS Text

The government of Ethiopia has introduced new methods to raise funds locally for construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a multi-billion dam being built over River Nile.

The National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Dam has introduced two programs to raise funds – Mobile SMS and Lottery.

Fana Broadcasting Corporation and Ethio Telecom have agreed to offer these services for free of charge. The fundraising program will last for six months, ending in March 2015.

All the money to be collected from the fundraiser will solely be used for the GERD project.

Text to number 8100A in Ethiopia’s Tele Network for a chance to win daily and weekly prizes.

Items to be won include:

  • A 3 bed room condo in Addis Ababa (Lideta area – Click for Map)
  • Cars
  • Several scholarships: from High school to PhD levels
  • Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar return flight (4 nights stay)
  • Motorcycles
  • TVs
  • Laptops
  • Refrigerators
  • Bicycles
  • Mobile phones
  • And many more items

If you are in Ethiopia, try your chance to win for just $3 Birr (about 15 cents USD) per SMS text. 

Here are two video ads being run in Ethiopian media:

Video: Ad #1

Video: Ad #2

Good luck!



4 Responses

  1. There is no doubt Ethiopia’s future is very bright unless some one stubborn to accept the truth

  2. I think iam winners of SMS 8100A lottery

  3. iam already subscribed for prizes?

  4. How much money is planed to generate through the new sms lottery method?

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