DRC has been operating in Ethiopia since 2010 and has accumulated significant knowledge and experience in supporting refugees, host communities, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country. In all areas of Ethiopia where DRC is working, relief assistance is implemented directly, and is targeting refugees as well as the communities hosting them.
Emergency and development aid activities have been carried out in Jijiga since 2010 and in Dolo Ado since 2011 – areas which are both bordering Somalia. In 2011, DRC further provided integrated emergency and rehabilitation relief in Gambella in support of internally displaced people as well as South Sudanese asylum seekers displaced by ethnic tension and armed conflict.
DRC works in close collaboration with the Ethiopian government’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA). This partnership allows DRC to play a role in ensuring timely and transparent assistance taking into consideration specific local needs and requirements in the country.