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Ethiopia

Our work in Ethiopia focuses on deepening our active role in contributing to the government’s efforts to alleviate poverty. We are also working to prevent the spread of HIV and provide livelihoods opportunities for those who are HIV-positive.

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 94.1 million
  • Population living below $1.25/day: 30.65%
  • Life expectancy: 63.64
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 47
  • Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 68
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 350
  • Literacy rate: 39%
  • Females with at least some secondary education: 7.79%

As chronic drought caused widespread crop failure, we responded to a nutrition crisis in the Amhara Region and reached over 35,500 malnourished, vulnerable children and pregnant and breastfeeding women with food assistance.

Concern has worked in Ethiopia for 40 years, and we have been working to help the poorest improve food and income security, nutrition, health, water, and gender equality. Climate change has spurred frequent and prolonged droughts that have impacted parts of the country. In response, we promote natural resource conservation, climate-smart agriculture, and land rehabilitation. In Addis Ababa, our vocational training program is helping the poor and vulnerable as well as migrants from rural areas develop skills for livelihoods in an urban setting.

Ethiopia hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa, with an estimated 700,000 fleeing from Somalia, South Sudan, and Eritrea into the country. In 2014, we expanded our work to Gambella to provide emergency aid to South Sudanese refugees. As chronic drought caused widespread crop failure, we responded to a nutrition crisis in the Amhara Region and reached over 35,500 malnourished, vulnerable children and pregnant and breastfeeding women with food assistance.

Some of our programs