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06 Dec 2016 description

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), through its offices in Yemen, Djibouti and Ethiopia is assisting vulnerable and stranded Ethiopian migrants to voluntarily return to their country of origin. Since the conflict broke out in Yemen in March 2015, IOM has been providing this assistance to nearly 10,000 Ethiopian migrants.

02 Dec 2016 description

A total of 108,750 poor rural households in four regions of Ethiopia are expected to benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Ethiopia to boost small-scale irrigation schemes.

29 Nov 2016 description
report UN Women

“After I came to this shelter, it was like a new beginning. I am back in school and I am a good student. I want to help other girls who are survivors of violence,” shares Tigist Getachew who lives in the Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD), a shelter for survivors of violence located in an unmarked, confidential location in the center of Adama town, Ethiopia.

27 Nov 2016 description


  • Favourable prospects for 2016 main “meher” season crops

  • Below-average pasture conditions in southern and southeastern pastoral areas

  • Given the starting of the main harvest, cereal prices stabilized or declined though at high levels

  • General food security conditions improving with newly-harvested “meher” crops available for consumption

26 Nov 2016 description

Ambassador Taye Atseke-selassie, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, meeting with Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, Special Envoy for the Somali refugee situation and Ms. Clementine Nkweta-Salami, Representative of the UNHCR to Ethiopia, on Wednesday (Nove 23) reiterated that Ethiopia stands committed to sustain its help for the protection of refugees in addition to promoting their livelihoods.

25 Nov 2016 description

Continuing drought and endless fighting has made life unbearable for many people in Somalia. For those within reach, the Ethiopian border town of Dolo Ado offers safety, food and the healthcare they lack at home. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) operates a clinic in Dolo providing healthcare for those escaping the chaos as well as the local community.

23 Nov 2016 description

The Ethiopian Government is planning to construct two new dams to mitigate Ethiopia’s devastating and recurring floods. The decision comes just a few months after flash floods ravaged the country, causing as many as one hundred fatalities and displacing tens of thousands of people.

The construction, orchestrated by the Awash Basin Authority of Water Resources, Irrigation (ABA) and Energy Ministry, will take place in the Afar region and is estimated to cost 11.7 billion Birr.

20 Nov 2016 description

Addis Ababa November 18,2016 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have signed today a Letter of Understanding (LoU) and a joint plan of action to further strengthen their partnership in responding to the needs of refugees and host communities in Ethiopia.

The agreement signed outlines key areas of collaboration in child protection, education, health and nutrition, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

17 Nov 2016 description
report IRIN

James Jeffreyvv Freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa and regular contributor to IRIN

Ethiopia has never been an easy place to operate. But a six-month state of emergency, combined with internet and travel restrictions imposed in response to a wave of anti-government protests, means it just got a whole lot harder.

17 Nov 2016 description

Focus on the operation

Innovative approaches at Ethiopia’s South p. 2  

“Creativity and innovation are central to achieve results.” A second- generation refugee in Ethiopia’s Kebribeyah camp p. 4   

Operational Updates 

Donors visit new arrivals in Gambella PART I p. 5  

A day in the life of a UNHCR site planner in the #Gambella Emergency p. 7   

Refugee Voices 

An insider look into the life of an urban refugee in Ethiopia p. 8 

17 Nov 2016 description

Addis Ababa November 17, 2016 The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) has finalized preparations to conduct a survey in 246 pastoralist and crop producing woredas to determine humanitarian needs.

The survey to be carried out for about three weeks will cover pastoralist and crop producing areas of all the regional states and Diredawa City Administration.

Exclusively talking to ENA, NDRMC Disaster Response and Rehabilitation Director Rahel Asfaw said the survey is aimed at identifying and providing full-fledged response to people who need support.

16 Nov 2016 description

BEIJING - The Government of the People’s Republic of China has made a contribution of US$10 million towards the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) emergency operations currently supporting El Niño drought-affected people in Ethiopia and Somalia. The Chinese Minister of Commerce, Gao Hucheng, signed an agreement with WFP’s Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, during the UN General Assembly in New York. Earlier, the Government of China also signed a US$2 million agreement with WFP to support its emergency operations for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

15 Nov 2016 description

Ethiopia is bracing for a new drought across significant swathes of livestock-dependent southeastern areas of the country, mere months after the worst drought in 50 years severely affected smallholder crop production and claimed hundreds of thousands of livestock nationwide.

14 Nov 2016 description

Ethiopia has completed the most widespread and impressive seed distribution campaign ever undertaken during an emergency in the country’s history. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and over 25 NGOs and agencies reached 377 woredas across six regions with a historic 32 000 tonnes of seed. The seed provided restored depleted household supplies after a catastrophic El Niño induced-drought crisis in 2015 and 2016.

11 Nov 2016 description

The Finnish Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Helena Airaksinen said yesterday (November 8) that her country would continue providing professional and financial assistance to Ethiopia.

She said the assistance would focus on rural water supply and sanitation as well as the expansion of primary school education. The Ambassador added that Finland had the desire to carry out concrete works in these selected sectors during the second Growth and Transformation Plan.

10 Nov 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

AFAMBO, Afar Region, Ethiopia – Fatuma Ahmed was married off when she was just 13 years old, in 2011. Like most girls from the remote Afar Region of Ethiopia, she had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was only a baby, and it was expected that her scars would open up during her wedding night.

Unusually, they did not open. Then she became pregnant. When she delivered her baby, the scar tissue had to be cut open – an excruciating experience that continues to haunt her.

09 Nov 2016 description

Nearly one year on from the start of a wave of protests that has left at least 800 people dead at the hands of security forces, the Ethiopian government must take concrete steps to address grave human rights concerns in the country, Amnesty International said today.

The protests began in the central Oromia region on 12 November 2015, in opposition to the Addis Ababa Masterplan, a government plan to extend the capital Addis Ababa’s administrative control into parts of the Oromia.

09 Nov 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • From 3 September to 30 October 2016, 36,673 South Sudanese refugees have crossed the border into Gambella Region in Western Ethiopia. The average daily arrival rate has decreased from 1,000 at the beginning of September to 630 by end October. A new refugee camp, Nguenyyiel, has been opened.

08 Nov 2016 description


An outbreak of wheat rust disease in critical wheat-growing regions of Ethiopia is threatening recent crop production gains in parts of the country, following a long period of El-Niño-induced drought. In late August, survey teams first spotted the rust in Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s (SNNP) regions. The crop-killing fungus has since spread to Amhara and Tigray regional states.

04 Nov 2016 description

Africa and the African Union