A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Ethiopia is one of Africa’s poorest nations with half of its 77 million people currently living below the poverty line and its level of child malnutrition is the highest in the world. In Ethiopia Oxfam focuses on sustainable livelihoods, water and sanitation, agriculture, climate research, gender and humanitarian issues.
After more than three decades of civil war, Ethiopia has been drained of its scarce resources and deprived of its regular agricultural production. Drought and environmental degradation have been major issues forcing large numbers of people to leave their homes.
Drought crisis - Oxfam is responding
Ethiopia has suffered erratic and failed rains for the past 18 months and the situation has been made worse by this year’s super El Niño. We are currently responding to the drought crisis in Ethiopia, led by the government, in three regions: Siti (Somali Region), Afar, and West Arsi (Oromia Region). We have helped around 135,000 people so far. (January 2016). You can help now.
Oxfam in Ethiopia
We have been working in Ethiopia since the early 1970’s to address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization.
We focus on improving food and income security through better access to production technology and sustainable markets, especially for women, and by facilitating private and public sector engagement to enable access to markets.
We work to ensure people have access to improved public services as well as supporting women to lead decision making in service development and management. We work closely with communities and local government to build their capacity to manage their own public services and support government and donors to make investments in water, sanitation and hygiene services transparently and effectively.
Disaster risk reduction
We work to improve community preparedness to disasters, with a key to focussing on gender in emergencies. We work to enable more people in disaster affected communities to access life-saving assistance and support to rebuild and protect their livelihoods. Oxfam influences key duty bearers to ensure timely responses to humanitarian crisis in accordance with humanitarian law and standards.
We push to change attitudes and beliefs on gender based violence, and to empower women to act as leaders and to support their access to economic opportunities.