Ethiopia Water
In Ethiopia, women and girls may have to walk hours or days to find clean drinking water for their households. USAID rehabilitates water points, supplying life-saving access to clean drinking water in a country where over 5 million people are in need.
Kelley Lynch

Latest Ethiopia Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

During an August 19 event commemorating World Humanitarian Day in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa, USAID/Ethiopia Mission Director Leslie Reed announced approximately $35 million in new USAID funding to respond to the critical humanitarian needs of drought-affected populations in Ethiopia. The new contribution brings the total U.S. Government humanitarian funding for Ethiopia to nearly $774 million since October 2014.

The Government of Ethiopia released the mid-year review of the Humanitarian Requirements Document for 2016 on August 12, calling for more than $612 million to provide emergency food and other humanitarian assistance to an estimated 9.7 million people through December 2016.

The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team visited USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance supported relief program sites in Amhara and Tigray regions in early August.









Total USAID and State Assistance to Ethiopia


*These figures are current as of August 19, 2016.


Following consecutive seasons of unfavorable rainfall and harvests in 2010 and 2011, Ethiopia experienced localized precipitation shortages during the February-to-May 2012 belg rainy season in 2012, which hindered recovery for populations that experienced significant food insecurity and malnutrition in 2011. Drought is a major contributor to vulnerability in Ethiopia, as resulting crop and livestock losses have a profoundly negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists.

Populations continue to confront several other challenges—including seasonal flooding, localized inter-communal conflict, above-average food prices, disease outbreaks, and limited access to health and WASH services—that contributed to sustained humanitarian needs and an ongoing complex emergency in Ethiopia.

Last updated: August 23, 2016

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