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NRC in Eritrea

NRC is providing skills training and hope to youth in Eritrea


A total of


people in need received our assistance in 2018.

Humanitarian overview

Decades of conflict and severe drought have affected Eritrea's agriculture-based economy. The country is one of the least developed countries in the world.

The signing of the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship by the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia on 9 July 2018 brought 18 years of a "no war, no peace" situation with neighbouring Ethiopia to an end. Consequently, two main border points between Eritrea and Ethiopia were reopened in September 2018, allowing people from both sides to reconnect with relatives. Since signing the declaration Eritrea has restored diplomatic ties with all its neighbouring countries. In addition, the United Nations Security Council voted to lift sanctions against Eritrea which had affected the social and economic structure of Eritrean society.

Despite the efforts to provide education to its citizens since independence, school enrolment rates are still very low. As a result, there is a significantly large and growing population of Eritrean youth who are uneducated, unemployed and lack relevant job skills and training that can enable them to engage in productive work to earn a livelihood.

People we helped in Eritrea in 2018

people benefited from our education programme

NRC's operation

We work with marginalised people and out-of-school youth from remote areas. Due to the high number of uneducated youth and the lack of NGO partners, we have launched an extensive education operation.

To provide alternative options for Eritrean youth, we work to increase opportunities for better and more diverse jobs, improved self-reliance and reliable livelihoods.

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We provide education opportunities for children and youth to improve their chances of employment in Eritrea. Our teams:

  • provide vocational training in pottery, weaving, hairdressing, electrical installation, masonry, plumbing and irrigation skills, fishery and net making
  • select the best students in each field and provide them with an opportunity to do an apprenticeship with renowned companies and institutions in Eritrea
  • train students in business management and provide them with a start-up grant and kits after graduation to help them start their own businesses
  • train teachers
  • equip vocational training centres with machinery and tools


​NRC Eritrea is grateful for the generous support from our donors:
  • UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
  • Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

About NRC in Eritrea

International staff
Areas of operation
Asmara (Country Office), Keren, Massawa, Aqordat, Aguymeyt and Gindae.
Budget 2019
USD 1.3 million
National staff


Country director

Amleset Tewodros


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