Compounding the rise in Ethiopia’s humanitarian requirement needs is
the COVID-19 pandemic, displacement, disease outbreaks, rain shortfalls
in some parts of the country and floods in others

US$ 1.65 billion required to address COVID-19 and other humanitarian needs of 16.5 million people, up from the US$1 billion appeal made in January 2020 targeting 7 million people.

With just $288.3 million international contribution thus far, the revised requirement faces an urgent gap of $1.36 billion. Some critical, life-saving sectors have received no or minimal funding, including emergency shelter and non-food items, protection, logistics, emergency education, agriculture and health

Addis Abeba, June 09/2020: The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners released today a revised 2020 humanitarian requirement outlining additional humanitarian priorities since the release of the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan on 28 January. This joint Government and humanitarian partners’ document is targeting 16.5 million people with emergency food and non-food assistance at a cost of US$1.65 billion, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said.

The annual joint government and humanitarian partners’ document released on January 28/2020 targeted 7 million people with emergency food and non-food assistance and was estimated to cost US$1 billion. The targeted beneficiaries of the humanitarian support was reduced from the 8.3 million people targeted at the beginning of 2019, which the UN hailed was “a result of better targeting of the most acute needs this year.” The joint document is now revised to US$1.65 billion targeting 16.5 million people.

“The spike in humanitarian needs is mainly due to COVID-19-related multi-sector impact. $506 million of the $1.65 billion revised requirement is for COVID-19 impact response. Of the 16.5 million people targeted for humanitarian response, 9.8 million people are targeted for COVID-19-related interventions.”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in March 2020, the major drivers of humanitarian need in Ethiopia were, and continue to be today, food insecurity, displacement, disease outbreaks, rain shortfalls in some parts of the country and floods in others. In addition, the worst desert locust infestation reported in 25 years hit Ethiopia and neighboring countries in late 2019 and continues to affect many communities to date, leading to livelihood loss and deepening food insecurity.

The Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), Mr. Mitiku Kassa, noted that “like many countries around the world, Ethiopia has been dealing with the unforeseen threat paused by the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020. The Government of Ethiopia has been taking the necessary measures to prevent further spread of the virus and boost mitigation and preparedness measures. COVID-19 is our immediate focus. However, we will not lose sight of the multi-faceted and simultaneous humanitarian challenges across the country, including food insecurity, desert locust, floods and protracted displacement. All these are further compounded by the pandemic.”

On her part, Dr. Catherine Sozi, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia, stated that “COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis first. Weak health systems are being stretched beyond capacity. The daily number of new COVID-19 cases has been drastically increasing since the second week of May. Gains made in other health outbreaks also risk relapsing. Cholera cases are being reported. Measles, yellow fever and other diseases should also not be overlooked. COVID-19 pandemic is also an economic crisis. Income losses as a result of slowing economic growth and unemployment threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of food insecure and vulnerable Ethiopians.”

“Today, more than ever, the Government and people of Ethiopia need the steadfast support from international partners. The country needs urgent additional financing to not only control the pandemic before it further spreads across the country, but to also mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19 on the already dire humanitarian context,” added Dr. Sozi.

At federal level, the COVID-19 response is coordinated by the national Emergency Coordination Center led by the NDRMC Commissioner. Regional-level coordination centers/ taskforces have also been established, mirroring federal coordination mechanisms. Humanitarian partners (UN and INGOs) are supporting the Government response to COVID-19 and other humanitarian needs.  Humanitarian partners have also committed over $ 150 million to the COVID-19 National Emergency Response Plan through re-programming existing funds, whilst continuing to mobilize additional resources. UNOCHA



  1. Due to lack of funds Ethiopia has postponed census counts repeatedly , now Ethiopia is also postponing the national elections . “People can raise the question of a transitional government or a care taker government but it is unconstitutional when put to practice” recently said PM Abiy Ahmed .

    This action the parliament recently took of illegally giving one more year to the Prime Minister should not be considered as extension of his current term rather it should be considered as borrowing one year term from the next term , if the election is held one year later whoever is elected next year should only serve four years instead of five years .Or If the election is delayed for two years then whoever is elected at the next election should only serve a three years term because the two years extension has borrowed two years from the five years . There is no legality for the PP’s parliament to extend it’s own term on its own without a transitional or care taker government
    the only sensible legal ground the parliament should take is to step in the next term without election. What the parliament is doing is it is borrowing from the next election, PP should consider it as it dipped into borrowing from the next term because this current term ends September 2020. Time will not stay still just because the “parliament” wants time to stay still . According to the constitution in the year 2025 there will be another election as in 2030 and the only body that got the right to interpret this constitution is the Ethiopian people not PP’s parliament or PP’s government.

  2. According Ethiopia’s government the Capital City of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is currently estimated to have a total population of four million seven hundred and ninety four thousand ( 4,794,000) people living in it , even though critics disagree with this number since population census count had been postponed three times so far it is too difficult to estimate the statistics number of people populated .

    According to the government of Ethiopia out of these 4,794,000 people in Addis Ababa, close to 10,000 of them are estimated to be homeless children under the age of 18 who lived on the streets of Addis Ababa were mainly surviving by begging until the government recently started talking the initiative to place these Addis Ababa’s homeless children in shelters due to the state of emergency declared in Ethiopia to slow down the spread of Covid-19 .

    Currently it is being reported that almost half of the homeless children of Addis Ababa are provided with temporary shelter services , meaning about five thousand of the ten thousand total number of homeless children in Addis Ababa are placed in temporary shelters.

    Also it is estimated the remaining five thousand homeless children of Addis Ababa will soon be placed in shelters too. These shelters are not orphanages and these homeless children are not up for adoption as many couples were hoping because after the children spend six months in these shelters, then the children are expected to be reunited with their relatives or with their communities .

    Ethiopia moves children from streets to shelters to slow coronavirus


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