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NRC in Ethiopia

The refugee population continues to rise in Ethiopia with the war in South Sudan and a steady influx from Eritrea. NRC has provided assistance since 2011.

Facts

A total of

585,662

people in need received our assistance in 2020.

 

Humanitarian overview

Conflict, drought, flooding and the socioeconomic impact of Covid-19 are the main causes of displacement in Ethiopia. Amidst the political transition, armed conflict and community violence remains a critical concern across Ethiopia, from Benishangul Gumuz, to Oromia and Tigray. Heightened competition over resources due to pressures from climatic shocks, Covid-19 containment measures, and desert locust infestation in certain areas, create further inter-communal tension, violence, and displacement.

The number of internally displaced people at the end of June 2021 was 2,105,387, majority of which were displaced due to conflict. Most displaced people are living in Oromia, Benishangul-Gumuz, Tigray and Somali region. Those who are displaced struggle to rebuild their livelihoods.

Surrounded by a region in conflict, Ethiopia is Africa's third largest refugee hosting country, hosting 785,322 refugees. They are mainly from neighbouring South Sudan, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia.

People we helped in Ethiopia in 2020

46,976
people benefited from our education programme
65,028
people benefited from our food security programme
67,394
people benefited from our shelter programme
104,677
people benefited from our ICLA programme
301,234
people benefited from our WASH programme

 
NRC's operation

NRC is present in seven regions (Tigray, Oromia, Amhara, SNNP, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Somali region) and one city (Addis Ababa) in Ethiopia. We provide refugees, host community members and internally displaced people with emergency relief and help them to rebuild their lives.

NRC EducationEducation

 
We give children and youth a chance to return to formal schooling. Our education teams:

  • give quality education and catch-up classes to displacement-affected children and youth
  • train teachers
  • give literacy training to adults
  • provide vocational training where students receive professional certification in trades like hairdressing and carpentry
  • construct temporary learning spaces and distribute school materials in emergencies
     

NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

 
People affected by displacement often require assistance to interpret and navigate legal frameworks. We:

  • help people understand their obligations and entitlements during displacement
  • assist displaced people to access legal identity documentation and housing, land and property rights
  • collaborate with government bodies and partners to ensure that the legal framework of the country serves to protect displaced people in the long term
     

NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security

 
We strive to improve living conditions and access to food and livelihoods. We:

  • give graduates from our vocational training courses business training and start-up packages that enable them to start their own businesses
  • help displaced people to access markets and market chains
  • distribute seeds and agricultural tools
  • give training sessions on food security and agricultural production
     

NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

 
NRC is among the main shelter providers in refugee camps in Ethiopia and is present in several border areas. Our teams:

  • provide refugees and host communities with shelter
  • provide temporary and transitional shelters
  • distribute household items like cooking utensils and plastic sheeting
  • construct schools
  • provide shelter construction training
     

NRC Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion

 
We improve Public Health and strengthen resilience of populations affected by displacements, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks. We:

  • facilitate access to clean water through the construction and rehabilitation of water infrastructures
  • promote the use of renewable energy like solar in provision of water
  • construct and rehabilitate latrines including for health and school institutions
  • promote behaviour change through raising hygiene awareness
  • respond to disease outbreaks like Cholera and public health related diseases
  • use markets to provide hygiene items like soap and water storage containers
  • provide water for multi-purpose use like for irrigation and animals
     

Child protection (CP)

Due to the high number of unaccompanied Eritrean children in the refugee camps in Shire, northern Ethiopia, NRC runs a child protection programme. We:

  • identify care arrangements for the children
  • provide shelter and food
  • employ social workers and caregivers to support the children
  • refer children with special needs to specialised agencies
     
NRC Ethiopia is grateful for the generous support from our donors:
  • United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR)
  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
  • Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
  • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 
  • Swiss Secretariat for Migration (SEM)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
  • Wellsprings
  • Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • LUMOS
  • German Federal Foregin Office (GFFO)
  • The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
  • Norwegian Embassy
  • Poul Due Jensen Grundfos Foundation

About NRC in Ethiopia

Established
2011
International staff
6
Areas of operation
Addis Ababa (Country Office), Benishangul Gumuz, Somali Region, Oromia, SNNPR, Gambella, and Tigray.
Budget 2020
USD 25 million
National staff
286

Contact

Country Director

Sumananjali Mohanty

Phone

+251 116 619978/80