Programme areas and target groups

  • Gambella Regional State (field office in Mattar and Gambella Town)
  • Somali Regional State (field office in Dolo Ado and Filtu)
  • Tigray Regional State (field office in Shire, Hitsats refugee camp and in May Tsebri)
  • Addis Ababa (capital city)

In Ethiopia, we work with refugees, IDPs and the Ethiopian population in need. Our focus is on youth at risk of irregular migration.

  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • Peacebuilding
  • WASH
  • Shelter
  • Basic Education

What we do

Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea was established in July 2018, after a state of war of 20 years. In August 2018, the recently elected Prime Minister Dr. Abiy facilitated peace talks between the two leaders of South Sudan.  The new Prime Minister has brought hope and has enlarged already the humanitarian space. This is good news for many people who are in need of assistance. ZOA-Ethiopia works with IDPs, host populations, returnees, and a large population of refugees who fled a lethal combination of violence and drought in Somalia, South Sudan and Eritrea.

More opportunities for refugees

The Ethiopian government has made bold commitments for integration of refugees in society.  ZOA has actively been participating in the debate with the Ethiopian government and the UNHCR on the Comprehensive Refugee Reference Framework in Ethiopia. Parts of ZOA’s approach have been made part of that policy, such as expanding out-of-camp policy and increasing work opportunities for refugees.

Water, latrines and shelter for internally displaced people

Conflict and natural disasters such as drought and flooding have resulted in more than two million internally displaced people in 2018. Most people fled empty handed and now live in spontaneous settlements or with host communities in very harsh and basic circumstances. ZOA supports IDPs through the construction of water points and latrines. ZOA also partners with IOM to provide emergency shelter kits.

We combine livelihood activities for Eritrean youth with psycho-social support, to help refugees who have suffered from trauma on their journey to Ethiopia.

Addressing root causes

Poor livelihood opportunities are a key driver behind irregular migration of young people in Ethiopia. ZOA participates in four consortia programmes, funded by the Dutch government, AECID and the European Union, that provide young refugees and Ethiopians with skills, employability trainings and job placements. This gives them better chances to build a life in Ethiopia.  As there is a huge demand for energy in the refugee camps and host communities, ZOA provides solar energy, electricity and briquettes and creates income generating mechanisms around them.

Donors and partners

In cooperation with

We work together with Norwegian Refugee Council, Danish Refugee council, International Medical Corps, Plan, Save the Children, DRA-Partners, several government partners such as ARRA, the Regional Governments, the Justice Bureau, the Water Bureau and DPPFSA, UN agencies such as UN-OCHA, IOM and UNHCR and local partners including DICAC and OWDA and OIC-E.

With funding from

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Dutch Embassy, European Commission, AECID, Tear Australia, IOM, UNOCHA, ZOA the Netherlands, private donors.