Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods and Landslides - Apr 2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Aug 2017
- Ethiopia: Measles Outbreak - May 2017
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Ethiopia: Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) Outbreak - May 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Apr 2016
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Ethiopia: Drought - 2015-2018
- Ethiopia: Floods - Oct 2014
Most read reports
- UNICEF Ethiopia Humanitarian Situation Report #8 – Reporting Period: August 2018
- Ethiopia: Some 1,786 Displaced Persons Return Home
- Displaced Ethiopians, returnees need continued support
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in close coordination with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, has allocated a 500,000-euro financial contribution to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the regions of Gedeo and West Guji, in Ethiopia. The contribution will mainly be used to provide emergency shelters as well as relief material and support to mobile clinics.
Alfano: “Political, social and environmental problems in the Horn of Africa cause large migration flows. In Ethiopia, living conditions are made extremely difficult by the El Niño climate phenomenon, obliging the Country to tackle one of the most serious climate shocks in its history. According to the WHO, it is the most serious humanitarian crisis of the last 30 years.”
Italy has allocated 3.9 million euros for emergency interventions to support the provision of essential services to South Sudanese refugees and to the most vulnerable segments of the hosting populations in South Sudan and in the neighbouring Countries (Uganda and Ethiopia). Lack of food and assistance, compounded to precarious hygiene and sanitary conditions, determine a real threat of famine, epidemics and tension between the refugees and the local populations.
In response to the serious emergency situation caused by the “El Nino” climate phenomenon, that for months has been affecting the Horn of Africa, and Ethiopia in particular, the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has decided to allocate one million euros for food security interventions in Ethiopia. The Italian cooperation funding will be equally divided between the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Minister Paolo Gentiloni signed three new cooperation accords with Ethiopia during a visit to Addis Ababa, on food security, socio-economic support for women and healthcare system development.
Ethiopia important for Italian cooperation
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The State Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Ethiopia, H.E. Ato Ahmed Shide, and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, H.E. Mr Lapo Pistelli, signed today the new three year Ethio-Italian Cooperation Framework which envisages new initiatives in the two priority sectors of agriculture and rural development, and provision of basic services (health, education and WASH), with a specific focus on the cross-cutting issues of private sector development, gender and environment.
The Italian Cooperation is launching a new 1.3 million euro post-emergency program in the South and the South-East of Ethiopia, focusing on areas affected by recurrent adverse climatic events and, in some cases, subject to refugee flows from neighboring countries.
The five areas identified within three Regional States, Oromia, SNNPR and Somali, are characterized by a chronic shortage of potable water and adequate sanitation facilities. Such condition is often exacerbated by drought events which are particularly intense in the dry-lands of the Horn of Africa.
The second phase of the DGCS initiative in Ethiopia began with the publication of guidelines for the formulation and presentation of NGO proposals. The project is concerned with risk reduction in the sectors of water, sanitation, environment and health. On 4 August 2011, given the worsening crisis in that country, and following the Ethiopian government’s appeal to the international community for humanitarian assistance, the DGCS approved a total of €1.3 million in refinancing for the Aid 9386 emergency fund.
Rome 02 August 2011
In response to the serious drought situation in the Horn of Africa involving over 11 million persons in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti, Minister for Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini instructed the Italian Development Cooperation to arrange for a food air-lift on behalf of the Somali refugees in the Dadaab camps in Kenya. The cargo will be dispatched on the night of 2 August from the UN Depot in Brindisi to arrive in Nairobi the following morning.
29 July 2011 Over 11 million people (11.3 million) are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance as a rising number of refugees, particularly from Somalia, seek shelter and assistance in the camps of bordering countries. The situation is dramatic in the Horn of Africa, especially in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti, which is in the throes of the worst drought in the last 60 years.
The Italian Cooperation will be contributing to the development of Ethiopia's healthcare system through a donation of €8.2 million. Ambassador of Italy in Addis Ababa Renzo Mario Rosso and Ethiopian Finance Minister Ato Ahmed Shide today signed a bilateral accord on a project to contribute to the 2010-2012 healthcare sector development plan of that African country.
Attending the signing ceremony were representatives from the country's health ministry and from the Italian Cooperation, which is financing the initiative.
Rome December 7, 2009 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 800.000 euros to OCHA in response to urgent humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, following the "Humanitarian Requirements" developed by the local government in cooperation with the United Nations and will finance the fund named "Humanitarian Response Fund".
Rome December 24, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 200.000 to FAO to finance the Regional FAO Office in Nairobi (REOA - Regional Emergency Office for Africa) activities, including coordination in emergency response in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes regions, in close cooperation with twenty-four African countries.
Furthermore, the initiative "Initiative on Soaring Food Prices" is to facilitate the exchange of information on food safety among all …
Rome, October 7, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 8.200.000 euros to WFP in compliance with the commitments made by the Italian government in FAO Headquarters last June, to face the food crisis in place and in response to urgent humanitarian assistance for the population in needs.
The contribution will finance ongoing programs of the countries listed below and marked by acronyms under specified:
- Central African Republic: "PRRO 10189.2 " …
Rome, July 10, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 545.200 euros to OCHA, to support the 'Humanitarian Response Fund' established for Ethiopia, following the 'Ethiopia - Revised Humanitarian Requirements for 2008'.
The donation will cover needs identified by OCHA.
POC: Alessandro Pirrone- MoFA Rome - Emergency Office on +39 3691 8153
Rome, June 19, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 500.000 euros to FAO in response to urgent humanitarian assistance for the population of Ethiopia.
The donation will cover needs identified by FAO under the intervention named "Strengthening Pastoralist and Agro-pastoralists' Livelihoods in Lowlands of Ethiopia" in food sector.
POC: Alessandro Pirrone- MoFA Rome- Emergency Office on +39 3691 8153
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - In response to the Ethiopian Government's appeal for assistance to curb the consequences of the recent floods on affected populations, the Italian Government announced, on August 28, 2006, a contribution of over 1 million birr (100,000 Euros) to the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The money is to be used for emergency coordination and first aid efforts in the Southern Region of Ethiopia.
Rome, March 21, 2001
Eritrean troops near a tank. Rino Serri believes that both countries embarked on a race to rearm after the outbreak of war, not before.
Either Collaboration or Conflict
This is the destiny of these two countries which have to reckon with each other.
Here, the European Union's envoy for this conflict analyzes causes and possible solutions
by Roberto Rotondo and Gianni Cardinale
"Because of their history, their culture, their ethnicity and their geographical positions, Ethiopia and Eritrea either have to collaborate or wage war.
Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Rino Serri and Representative of the European Union Presidency for the resolution of the Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict will be in Algiers on Sunday. He made the following statement:
"Sunday morning in Algiers, Eritrea and Ethiopia will sign the proposal of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) that ratifies the end of hostilities and the formation of a peacekeeping force.
The efforts of the many that have been working for peace have obtained a first important result that stimulates two considerations.