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31 May 2018 description

Main Objective and Actions

The overarching objective of the Refugee Protection Working Group (RPWG) is to ensure a timely, effective and coordinated refugee protection response in Ethiopia, underpinning the broader refugee response in the country. Toward this end, the RPWG will:

  1. Work collaboratively to establish/confirm the refugee protection objectives that form the essential foundation of the Ethiopia refugee operation;

21 Jun 2017 description

Ethiopia was hit by one of the worst drought for the first time in history in 2015. The seasonal assessments that followed the occurrence of the drought were able to identify the needs in the various sectors including the precarious protection situation of vulnerable groups including women and children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, internally displaced persons etc. The various requirements including protection needs were subsequently highlighted in the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document.

21 Jun 2017 description

1. Background

Ethiopia, one of the world’s fastest growing countries, continues to be affected by various natural disasters which impact its economic progress. The recent El Nino induced drought has affected the lives and livelihoods of many Ethiopians causing food insecurity, malnutrition and water shortages in the affected areas, forcing some into displacement. The consequent humanitarian needs have been documented in the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD), jointly prepared by the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and humanitarian partners.

15 May 2017 description

1. Background

Due to alarming drought situation in Dollo Zone UN Joint Mission comprised of IOM, WFP, UNHCR and NRC accompanied by DPPB - Abdi Masjid Mohamed official from Dollo Bay Woreda, Afder Zone visited the IDPs site at Darso for situation assessment.

29 Mar 2017 description
  1. Background

The Somali Regional State is the worst drought affected region in Ethiopia. The El Nino weather phenomenon in 2015/16 induced drought which a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of the people in the area. Since late 2016, the region has been further affected with a new Indian Ocean Dipole -induced drought.

16 Mar 2017 description
  1. Background

Activated in 2008, the UNHCR-led Ethiopia Protection Cluster focuses on the rights and needs of specific vulnerable groups, including women, children, persons with disabilities, elderly and Internally Displaced Persons (‘IDPs’), and is led by UNHCR. The first sub-national Protection Cluster in Gambella Regional State was established in December 2016.

13 Feb 2017 description


167,688 The total number of IDPs in 2016 according to the Displacement Tracking Matrix carried out between September and October 2016

10.2M Individuals affected by the drought according to the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document.

USD 23.8M Protection funding requirements 21.5 % funded


24 Jan 2017 description
  • 131Child Protection Hotspot 1 Woredas out of 265 Woredas (Severely affected districts in 5 regions)

  • Mobilization of $ 5.5 Milloion for Child Protection.

  • BOWCA -led Coordination Structures in 5 regions (BOLSA in Tigray)

  • Child Protection included in the HRD 2016 for the firest time.

07 Nov 2016 description

Key Figures

684,705 The total number of IDPs including protracted and new caseloads in the country as of July 2016 373,231 Individuals displaced due to the flooding as of July 2016.
264,079 Individuals are still displaced due to the impact of El Niño as of July 2016.
10.2 M Individuals affected by the drought according to the Humanitarian Requirements Document.
USD 23.8 M Protection funding requirements 21.5 % funded

Key Facts

14 Jul 2016 description

The Protection Chapter in the 2016 Humanitarian Requirement Documents (HRD) addresses the issue of gender based violence (GBV) as one of the life-saving humanitarian interventions. The 2013 National Policy and Strategy on Disaster Risk Management also recognizes that disaster risk management activities should be implemented in a way that provides due attention to social protection and reduces vulnerability.