Ethiopia is one of the world's largest refugee hosting communities, with close to one million registered refugees and asylum seekers from Somalia, Eritrea, and not least South Sudan, accounting for close to half of all refugees in Ethiopia. The high influx of refugees has put the region of Gambella under stress by shifting the ethnic balance which has caused tensions between refugees and host communities. Moreover, the many needs in the refugee camps concerning funding, food security and livelihoods are still not adequately address and of continuous and great concern.
The project seeks to address these needs and has for this purpose received funding from the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) of EUR 861.649,00. Within the overall aim of the Action to contribute to the improvement of refugee’s and host communities’ well-being, the project will, more specifically, aim to improve both access to diversified food items in a dignified manner for South Sudanese refugees through e-voucher support as well as the level of income of South Sudanese refugee and host community households through appropriate and relevant livelihood activities in camps and the Itang Woreda. These objectives are reached by implementing e-vouchers to purchase fresh and diversified foods, monitoring the implementation/use of e-vouchers and organising cooking demonstrations in the Kule and Nguenyyiel camps. Moreover, DCA sees to the arrangement of trainings and capacity building workshops, support agriculture, fishery, and poultry production, and link all food producing groups with vendors contracted for e-voucher assistance. It is estimated that a total of 29.486 people will benefit directly from the action (of which 28.946 will be refugees, and 540 non-refugees) and that the project will reach 260.315 indirect beneficiaries.