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.

Today, H.E Dr.Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Health and Ambassador Jens-Petter Kjemprud together inaugurated a Norwegian donation of two warehouses for the main UNICEF storage depot in Addis Abeba. Read more

Photo: Jens-Petter Kjemprud/Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa.

Somali refugees from Southern Somalia flow into Ethiopia due to the difficult situation in their home country. UNHCR has a serious funding gap for their operations. Ambassador Jens-Petter Kjemprud thus joined a visit to the camps of Bokolmayo and Malkadida in Ogaden yesterday. The two camps, run by the Ethiopian refugee agency ARRA and UNHCR, hosts more than 30.000 refugees living under difficu... Read more

On April 23rd, the Embassy held an annual meeting regarding the support given by the Embassy to the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and Ethiopian Mine Action Office (EMAO). It consists of 42 million NOK to be given for the period 2009-2011, and supports the capacity-building on Mine-Detection Dogs as well as the expansion of the Entoto Mine Action Training Centre. After the meeting, Embassy staff... Read more

Photo: NRC.

NORCAP consist of some 850 members ready to deploy within 72 hours to anywhere in the world. During 2009, eight members contributed a total of 41.7 months work in Ethiopia. Read more

Last year, two relocatable storing halls were given to Unicef in Ethiopia through the NOREPS programme. The halls are now fully operational. Read more

Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa.

“Raya Valley could be the bread basket of Tigray” notes regional President Tsegay Berhe. Looking down on this dry, dusty and seemingly arid piece of land from a viewpoint on the way from the regional capital of Mekele, one might be tempted to disagree. However, during a 400 km tour of the area on 26 January, Ambassador Jens-Petter Kjemprud, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) Country Representative Hans... Read more

Dr. Bernt Lindtjørn, Professor at the University of Bergen, is currently involved in a pilot project where, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Health Officers are educated to be able perform caesareans, thus making deliveries safer and reducing the number of deaths related to giving birth. Read more

The Global Fund to fight AIDS,TB and Malaria has released 336 million USD to buy 50 million mosquito-nets for five African countries. The board of the organization has been meeting in Addis Abeba since Saturday. Norway is a major contributor to the Global Fund. Read more