Despite recording double-digit economic growth in Ethiopia over the past decade, more than 20 million people are living below the poverty line. Every year several million people require emergency assistance to meet their basic survival needs. Ethiopia is furthermore the biggest recipient country for refugees on the African continent. In June 2015, Ethiopia is hosting close to 700 000 refugees, mainly from the neighboring countries South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea. (Sources: OCHA, UNHCR). The Norwegian humanitarian contribution to Ethiopia in 2014 was 42 million NOK. The main recipients are UN organizations and the civil society.

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It was reported on Wednesday 22nd that the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brian, releases resources to stagger the severe hunger, malnutrition and water shortages. The funds will improve access to water and health, nutritional and agricultural services for many of the 785 000 people in the region. Read more

In 2016 Norway supported Save the Children's programme for school meals in drought affected areas. 
Photo: Save The Children.

Today, on January 17th 2017, the Government of Ethiopia together with humanitarian partners such as the UN, NGOs and donors, officially launched the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2017. The HRD is a comprehensive document describing the humanitarian needs of affected populations, taking into account different sectors ranging from agriculture to water and sanitation, to education. Read more

Ambassador Andreas Gaarder in Joint Norwegian Emergency Response Update. 
Photo: Hilina Abebe.

Thursday 8 September, Ambassador Andreas Gaarder attended the Joint Norwegian Emergency Response Update, where he emphasized the importance of cooperation between Norwegian NGOs in Ethiopia. Read more

Tsore refugee camp. The Norwegian MFA supports the UNHCR globally, approximately 40 million dollars are used for operations in Ethiopia. . 
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On Monday 20th June, the Royal Norwegian Embassy celebrated the World Refugee Day at Tsore refugee camp in the region of Benishangul-Gumuz, west in Ethiopia. The camp is the youngest in Ethiopia, opened in July 2015. Read more

The World Food Programme provides relief food to Afar populations affected by the drought, as well as to chronically food insecure populations enrolled in the governmental Protective Safety Net Programme (PSNP). Here at a distribution site in Harsis kebele of Mille woredas. . 
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On May 31st – June 2nd, the Royal Norwegian Embassy participated in a Nordic Mission to the regional state of Afar, together with representatives from the Embassies of Denmark, Finland and Sweden. The purpose of the visit was to get a better understanding of this emerging region, with a particular focus on livelihood and resilience, the effects of the current drought, the situation for the... Read more

Norway is allocating an additional NOK 30 million in humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia. 
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The drought in Ethiopia is having enormous consequences for the population. More than 15 million people are now dependent on food aid. ‘The number of people who need food aid may rise dramatically if the international community fails to provide enough aid quickly enough. Norway is now allocating an additional NOK 30 million in humanitarian assistance,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge... Read more

Norway will provide an additional NOK 20 million in food aid to Ethiopia this year as the weather event El Niño has hit the country especially hard. 
Photo: MFA/Astrid Sehl.

Norway has entered into a new partnership agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) on core funding of NOK 237 million a year from 2016 to 2019. ‘Sufficient core funding is crucial if WFP is to be able to respond quickly to crises. This agreement ensures predictable and flexible funding that can also be used for forgotten crises and to help people in need of food in the most vulnerable... Read more

Many Ethiopians have lost their livestock due to the current drought. 
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On Sunday 31st January, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) organised a high level conference on the drought crisis currently affecting Ethiopia. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, and Ethiopia’s deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, were keynote speakers. Read more

Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Tone Skogen visiting one of the refugee camps in Shire. 
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On Tuesday 26th January, the Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Tone Skogen, payed a visit to the refugee camps in Shire in northern Ethiopia. The purpose of the visit was to get a first-hand impression of the humanitarian situation for the Eritrean refugees inhabiting the camps, as well as to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of secondary movement, resulting in... Read more

At least 4.5 million people in Ethiopia are in need of food aid, as a result of erratic and failing rains and, subsequently, food production. 
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‘The Government is proposing the largest humanitarian budget ever. Acute, large-scale crises in the Middle East and Africa make this concerted effort necessary. Norway’s humanitarian budget is being increased by one billion kroner in 2016,’ Foreign Minister Børge Brende said. Read more

The weather phenomenon El Niño, have had severe consequences with regards to food production. 
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At least 4.5 million people in Ethiopia are in need of food aid, as a result of erratic and failing rains and, subsequently, food production. “It is important to implement relief measures before the situation further deteriorates. The Norwegian government provides 15 million Norwegian kroner in humanitarian relief to the affected populations”, says Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Read more

Deputy Director of ARRA, Mr. Ayalew Aweke, UNHCR Deputy Representative in Ethiopia, Ms. Milagros Leyn and Ambassador Mr. Andreas Gaarder at Shimelba Refugee Camp in Northern Ethiopia. 
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“21- 22 September the Norwegian Ambassador, Mr. Andreas Gaarder, payed a visit to the refugee camps in Shire in northern Ethiopia, together with other colleagues from the Embassy, the deputy director of the Ethiopian Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), Mr. Ayalew Aweke, and the UNHCR Deputy Representative in Ethiopia, Ms. Milagros Leynes. Read more

Vidar Helgesen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, meeting refugees in Kara Tepe, Lesvos. 
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The Government is prepared to make a major contribution to a joint and intensified European effort to improve systems for receiving refugees and asylum-seekers in the years ahead. 'We will offer to provide funding for asylum and migration projects in countries that receive support through the EEA and Norway Grants, if they are willing to contribute to the work of receiving refugees and... Read more

On Tuesday 18th August, the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners launched the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) mid-year review. The document is a revision of the multi-agency needs assessment presented in the HRD from March this year, and it stipulates that the humanitarian requirements in Ethiopia have “increased in the second half of 2015, as a result of failed rains, and... Read more

On September 17, the Norwegian Embassy, represented by deputy head of mission Ms. Tove Stub, participated in the graduation ceremony for youth that have completed one year vocational training through the Youth Education Pack in the Adi Haroush Refugee Camp in the Tigray region. Read more

Photo: Kjell Ivar Breili,NPA.

Currently, 16 Sudanese staff from Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) in Southern Sudan, as well as the Southern Sudan Demining Authority(SSDA) are being trained on use of Mine Detection dogs on the Entoto Mine Action Training Centre in Ethiopia. Meanwhile, Ethiopian authorities are well underway when it comes to clearing Ethiopia for landmines within 2015. Read more

Development cooperation reports have a tendency to be very technical, making it difficult to access for others than experts. Norwegian Peoples Aid in Ethiopia wants to avoid that when reporting on its Mine Action programme. Read more

In response to the International Committee of the Red Cross( ICRC) Emergency Appeals for 2010, the Government of Norway has allocated ETB 8,6 million to the activities of the organization in Ethiopia. Read more

Between 31 May – 8 June the first external course was conducted at Entoto Training Centre by Ethiopian Mine Action Office (EMAO) with assistance from NPA MA Ethiopia. 9 representatives from South Sudan Demining Authority (SSDA), United Nation Mine Action Office in Sudan (UNMAO) and NPA MA Sudan participated in a Mine Detection Dog Introduction Course. Read more

The Humanitarian Response Fund (HRF) for Ethiopia is an emergency funding mechanism managed by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and established to address gaps in critical, life-saving emergency response. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that Norway is contributing NOK 5 million (just under USD 2 million) to the HRF for Ethiopia for 2010. Read more