The priority of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) in Djibouti is to provide life-saving assistance to refugees and to look for durable solutions to their plight.
Djibouti hosts more than 23 700 refugees, mainly from Somalia, who are in need of basic shelter, clean water, and protection services.
Following the Yemen crisis, refugees from Yemen have started to reach Djibouti, adding an extra burden on the Djibouti authorities and humanitarian partners in the country.
The number of people at risk of hunger in Djibouti has increased since the 2011 drought, accelerating the already substantial ruralurban migration flow. A combination of high food prices, water scarcity, climate change and reduced pasture, is further deteriorating the country’s structural food insecurity.
ECHO has been supporting resilience programmes whose aim is to improve food security and nutrition. In these activities, ECHO seeks close collaboration with development actors to ensure sustainability and linking relief, recovery and development (LRRD).