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14 Jun 2018 description

Addis Ababa, 14 June 2018: The Government of Ireland today announced the disbursement of €1 million to the office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in support of its work with refugees in Ethiopia. The money, made available through Irish Aid, Ireland’s official programme for overseas development assistance, will go to supporting the delivery of international protection and critical services to the over 920,000 refugees hosted by Ethiopia.

16 Jun 2016 description

On Monday 13 June, Irish Aid airlifted 23 tonnes of emergency relief items to families displaced by recent flooding in Ethiopia.

The El Niño weather event, one of the strongest ever measured, has caused unpredictable and severe weather conditions in Ethiopia. The country has experienced its worst drought in decades. Food production has declined dramatically, and the food and nutrition security situation in many parts of Ethiopia has deteriorated significantly. Over 10 million people are in need of assistance.

23 May 2016 description

When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.

WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.

02 Mar 2016 description
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In 2015 due to the El Niño effect, the spring and summer rains failed in many parts of Ethiopia. As most Ethiopian farmers rely on rain-fed agriculture, the failure of the rains has led to widespread crop failure and has devastated livelihoods. To make matters worse, the weather phenomenon has also brought extensive flooding to some areas of the country. This problem is expected to worsen in the coming months.

29 Jan 2016 description

Minister Charles Flanagan, MoS Sean Sherlock, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Africa, 2016,

- Ireland has now contributed €9.1 million emergency humanitarian relief for Ethiopian crisis

- Ministers acknowledge the scale of the humanitarian crisis and the leadership role played by the Ethiopian Government

21 Nov 2015 description

The Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation Seán Sherlock has announced that the Irish Government will contribute an additional €2 million to the international response to the drought in Ethiopia.

13 Nov 2015 description
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Lake Hawassa and its surrounding area in southern Ethiopia has suffered from environmental damage and climate change, with its soil, water and forest resources damaged by the expansion of agricultural land. An Irish Aid supported programme is helping to restore damaged land, to the benefit of over 40,000 locals, including small farmers and landless youth.

Irish Aid is supporting a group of Non-Governmental Organisations - SOS Sahel Ethiopia, Self Help Africa, Farm Africa and VITA – with funding of €1 million to rehabilitate the environment around Lake Hawassa.

13 Nov 2015 description

“As world leaders discuss climate change at the UN Climate Conference in Paris, we bring you stories of Irish Aid’s work to help poor communities tackle the effects of climate change”

Lake Hawassa and its surrounding area in southern Ethiopia has suffered from environmental damage and climate change, with its soil, water and forest resources damaged by the expansion of agricultural land. An Irish Aid supported programme is helping to restore damaged land, to the benefit of over 40,000 locals, including small farmers and landless youth.

23 Dec 2014 description

23/12/14 MoS Sean Sherlock, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Africa, 2014,

The Government is to provide funding of €2 million to aid agencies responding to the worsening crisis in South Sudan, Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today. The funding will be used to provide clean water and to tackle hunger among vulnerable communities in South Sudan and in refugee camps across the border, in Ethiopia.

05 Nov 2014 description

TIERKIDI REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, November 5 (UNHCR)– Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins has called on the international community to do much more to help tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia.

09 Jul 2014 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 9, 2014 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Irish Aid announced today a collaboration to provide funding to assist the development and adaption of technologies and business models required to transform the dairy sector in Ethiopia. The Dairy Innovation Fund will be used for the design, demonstration and field-testing of technologies and business models that can demonstrate high potential.

24 Dec 2013 description

The Government of Ireland has provided €100,000 to assist IOM’s ongoing post-arrival assistance to Ethiopian migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new funding will be used to provide post arrival medical assistance, meals, transportation within Addis Ababa and onward transportation to their hometowns and a cash allowance.

14 May 2013 description
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Learning Brief: Regional

Evaluation of the Irish Aid Ethiopia CSP (2008-2012) Executive Summary

In early 2012 Irish Aid commissioned an independent evaluation of the Irish Aid Ethiopia Country Strategy 2008-2012. The evaluation was carried out by a team of consultants from ITAD Ltd. The following is the executive summary of the evaluation with two lesson learning briefs.

Evaluation of the Irish Aid Ethiopia CSP (2008-12) Learning Brief RBM

23 Jan 2012 description

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., begins a five-day visit to Ethiopia on Monday (23 January) to see the impact of Ireland’s development programme.

Minister Costello will visit schools, health centres and agriculture projects which are supported by Ireland and targeted at the poorest communities in Ethiopia.

14 Dec 2011 description

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., today announced €250,000 in emergency funding to provide food, water and shelter to thousands of Sudanese refugees fleeing violence.

Minister O’Sullivan said Ireland would provide funding to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR) to support its efforts to provide emergency care to those arriving in refugee camps in western Ethiopia.

26 Sep 2011 description

The Tánaiste and Minster for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has called on the international community to find a long term solution to the famine in the Horn of Africa.

Speaking at an international summit at the United Nations in New York (full statement below), which was opened by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the Tánaiste stressed the importance of breaking the cycle of famine in the Horn of Africa, where more than 85,000 people have died this year as the result of a long-running drought.