Programme areas and target groups

  • Dollo Ado, Gambella, Hudet / Moyale, Jijiga, Shire.
  • Refugees, IDPs and Ethiopian population in need, with a focus on youth at risk of migration.
  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • Peacebuilding

What we do in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the second largest refugeehosting nation in Africa, after Uganda, and the fifth largest in the world in 2016. The country hosts many refugees from Somalia, Eritrea and South Sudan. Many refugees also pass through the country on their way to seek a better life elsewhere. At the end of 2016, Ethiopia was hosting almost 800.000 refugees in 25 camps as well as in the cities. Ethiopia has been facing ethnical unrest despite substantial economic growth in recent years. El Niño hit the country hard, while the people are extremely vulnerable to such external shocks, resulting in a daily struggle for many Ethiopians to find food.

ZOA Ethiopia supports IDPs, refugees and host communities, often in remote locations where there is very limited assistance to the affected population. ZOA delivers support where needed and tailors the approach and assistance to the needs of the population. To that end ZOA has developed expertise in livelihoods, nutrition, energy, education, WASH and psycho-social support. The impact of El Niño has continued to affect millions of people in Ethiopia, not only by drought but also by floods. ZOA worked closely together with the local government and other (I)NGOs to combat this natural disaster. One of the initiatives was to collaborate in the Joint Response of the Dutch Relief Alliance. We have been able to provide food security and water to the areas that were greatly affected.

With Reconstruction funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs we have supported South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Gambella, working towards social cohesion. In Shire we have finalised a project providing Eritrean refugees with vocational training, aiming to improve livelihoods and increase future perspectives of refugees and host communities. We received further funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue the creation of economic perspectives for Eritrean and Ethiopian youth.