What we do

Our work here focuses on disaster risk reduction, equal rights for men and women, strengthening civil society and fighting hunger, HIV and AIDS.


Despite some steps that Ethiopia has been taking towards economic development, the country is one of the poorest countries in the world. The poor live in the rural areas and make a living by primitive small-scale farming or as pastoral people. The small-scale agriculture provides livelihoods for over 80% of the total population, which is estimated to be 84 million.


The battle against food insecurity is one of the greatest challenges facing Ethiopia. Every year more than 10 million people depend upon relief food assistance; and even more people starve when the country is hit by drought or floods. The country’s too much dependency on rain for farming and water resource has made it extremely vulnerable to negative effects of climate changes. The unequipped poor to cope and adapt such conditions have been worsening the situation. 

The great challenges of discrimination against and lack of support to people who suffer from HIV/AIDS is another of DanChurchAid’s focus programme area along with gender and capacity building interventions. 

The Charities and Societies law introduced by the government in 2009 contains some restrictions and issues for further clarification. This makes it difficult for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to efficiently operate.   

What we do in Ethiopia

DanChurchAid works in the mountainous highland in the north where we improve the living conditions of small farmers, and in the southern part of the country, where pastoral people struggle to survive in drought-stricken regions. To a large degree it is the local partners that enable us to reach the poorest in the rural areas.

DanChurchAid’s projects in Ethiopia fall under the following types of programme:

Food/Livelihood Security

• Enhances productive capacity of the rural poor through community and household levels’ interventions to increase food availability, access, and utilization;
• Builds and strengthens the resilience of vulnerable communities through disaster risk reduction, climate change  adaptation and mitigation measures;
• Strengthens partners’ capacity for project implementation and promotes collaboration, networking, and dialogue on poverty issues and policy alternatives at local and national levels.


• Empowers vulnerable groups, in particular rural girls and women, to  protect themselves against the risk  of HIV/AIDS;
• Ensures that people infected and affected by HIV are protected from stigma and discrimination, have access to necessary health and social services  as well as economic interventions;
• Integrates gender issues in HIV/AIDS programmes to reduce women’s risk of HIV/AIDS infection.
• Ensures that the responsiveness of legal and moral structures to protect vulnerable groups from HIV/AIDS is increased.

Gender & Capacity Building

• Builds the capacity of local civil society organizations (CSOs) and faith based organizations (FBOs) in  implementing women’s empowerment programmes;
• Supports networking and joint learning among  partners;
• Ensures gender mainstreaming in other DCA’s programmes;
• Supports civil society and partners to work with/for improved accountability.

Articles about Ethiopia

Terms of Reference for Consultancy Service to conduct an in-depth Analysis of Gambella Refugees Camps and the Host Communities for Livelihood Support programme
Millions of people are suffering from the drought in Ethiopia. That is going to be one of the greatest challenges Cecilie Winther has to tackle as DanChurchAid’s new Country Director
Without waste management, latrines, access to safe water and promotion of good hygiene, a crowded refugee camp will result in the rapid spread of disease.
A new fresh food voucher system introduced in Ethiopia is benefiting 3,000 South Sudanese refugee families in Tierkidi camp in Gambella.
The newly introduced nutritious and stress tolerant crop, quinoa, is doing well in Ethiopia. The crop, still on trial at research and farmers field, has shown a great potential. Dan Church Aid Ethiopia is working with Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute (EIAR) to release the variety in the country.
DanChurchAid Ethiopia’s gender and HIV unit are working in collaboration to address communities’ health and gender issues in Goro and Berbere district
For the past six years, DCA Ethiopia has implemented integrated food security programmes in five parts of the mountainous Bale district in collaboration with its local partner Agri Service.
Lathyrism, a disease caused by consuming a lot of grass pea, has been affecting thousands in Ethiopia. A DCA partner, EOC- DICAC has raised the issue and discussed with participates on short and long term solutions.
Securing water through constructing a new pond helped Fate Hussen, a mother of five from migrating and her children from dropping out of school. (see also video at the bottom)
Eight months after conflict broke out, thousands of South Sudanese refugees continue to flee into Ethiopia but lack of funding makes it difficult to provide shelter, clean water and proper sanitation. In August 2014, DanChurchAid visited Leitchuor camp in the Gambella region of south western Ethiopia.
Everyone in the village try to eke out a living from the poor stony soil. After a short training Asemamaw swings his sledge hammer with ease as if he was a son of stonemasons.
Entrepreneurship training, small business venture management and seed money have changed Libsitu’s life in remote Ethiopia
The harvest is ruined and thousands of people have been forced to leave their land. DanChurchAid’s communication officer in Ethiopia, Fikerte Abebe, reports from the drought affected Borena area in Southern Ethiopia.
“OWN, SCALE-UP and SUSTAIN” is the motto of the 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Africa (ICASA) to be held from 4 - 8 December 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
A beauty contest among HIV positive women was held on 6 September 2010 at the Global Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The motto, “Living Positively” confronts stigma and discrimination and the twenty contestants represented all regions of Ethiopia.
Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in Ethiopia. Thousands have been displaced and field crops have been destroyed
Download full version of the new book by Malene Haakanson, who portrays the struggle of an Ethiopian family over the course of one year.
Traditionally, Dehana district in the mountains of central Ethiopia is very fertile, but climate changes mean that almost fifty per cent of the population needs food assistance.
The study 'Overview of Civil Society Advocacy Work in Ethiopia: A Mapping Exercise by Six Agency Group in Partnership with CRDA' examines how advocacy can contribute most efficiently to the democratic process in Ethiopia.
On 6 January 2009, the Ethiopian parliament passed the long awaited - and feared – new bill on voluntary associations and organisations.
At first, it was the media and the opposition; now the civil society feels the iron fist. Ethiopia has begun a surprisingly short journey from democracy to dictatorship. Journalist Jeppe Villadsen writes from Addis Ababa – the article was first published in the Christian Daily, Denmark, on 21.11.2008.
The Danish government has established an Africa Commission on effective development cooperation with Africa.
DanChurchAid and the Danish NGO-forum invites young people from all over Africa to apply for participation in the African Youth Panel, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 16-19. 2008. The Youth Panel will be a lifetime opportunity to influence the future of Africa by developing recommendations to the further work of the Danish Africa Commission.
Heavy torrential rains since August 16, 2008 in the Gambella regional state in Ethiopia have caused severe flooding, affecting thousands of people and destroying farmland and homes.
A goat story
Mahder Tsegaw is one of the ‘‘GIVE A GOAT ’’ beneficiaries in Amhara regional state in Dehana, namely in Berbera village. Receiving the donation of goats has changed her life.
The joint ethio-dansih NGO programme in North Wollo started in 1997 and is a collaboration between the three Danish NGO's Save the Children, Danish Red Cross and DanChurchAid and their Ethiopian partners. The purpose was to relieve the food crisis and support agricultural development in North Wollo, a very poor area in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is on the verge of a hunger disaster. In the Southern Oromiya region people are already suffering.
Contact information: DanChurchAid's regional office in Ethiopia
Climate change, which results in floods, unpredictable rain, drought, and hunger, occurs in many African countries today. Traditional pastoral people are among the worst hit. The pastoralists depend on the welfare of their animals, which means adequate access to water and fertile grazing land.
A group of 100 marginalized women have this summer been selected to participate in a goat husbandry project in order to ensure sustainable livelihoods. They are all from an area of Ethiopia that has struggled with drought for the last six years.
Adanech Eriso is the mother of four children and recently she became the owner of four goats through DanChurchAid’s goat husbandry project. She has decided that each goat should provide for each child’s school fee.
Due to illness, kidnapping and forced marriage, 21-year-old Medina Duna had to quit school. She is one of the 100 participants in the DanChurchAid’s goat husbandry project and she now hopes it will make her able to send her oldest daughter to school.
Heavy torrential rains in Ethiopia have caused severe flooding in the Amhara and Gambella Regional States affecting more than 60,000 people and destroying farmland, roads and homes. The intensity of the rainfall and the magnitude of the floods is reported to be worse than the 2006 rainy season in which approximately 98,000 people were affected in the various areas of the region.
One of the poorest parts of Ethiopia got an extraordinary visit in mid June. The Danish Minister of Development, Ulla Tørnæs, visited the DanChurchAid agriculture component of the Ethio-Danish Joint programme in North Wollo.
Not every year can tell good news about the harvest in Ethiopia. But after last year’s drought which affected millions of people, and huge floods affecting another hundreds of thousands, the Ethiopian government announces that a good harvest is expected in 2007.
On Thursday, March 15, DanChurchAid and 20 of its local partners paid a notable visit to the Ethiopian Parliament. The group saw the parliament in session in the morning and in the afternoon the group met with chairpersons of three Standing Committees. This is the first time in a long while that the civil society and members of Parliament engage in a dialogue and the meeting was mentioned in the evening news on th...
A study carried out by the Poverty Action Network Ethiopia, PANE, shows that food aid is important for the most vulnerable groups but the study also uncovers major problems of dependency.
ACT Ethiopia Forum members - DanChurchAid, Christian Aid, Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC), Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) - are preparing to respond to floods in Ethiopia. The response will be implemented mainly through EECMY’s South West Synod in Omo Valley and EOC in Dira Dawa region.
DanChurchAid supports HIV/AIDS prevention and control projects. A HIV/AIDS programme has been initiated to prevent the further spread of the disease and to protect the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.
East Africa is in the grip of its worst drought for more than 20 years. The UN estimates that more than 8 million people across eastern Africa are in desperate need of food and water.
Christian Aid, a member of ACT International, is working in Ethiopia helping to provide water and work for the Borana so that they can find ways to cope with this crisis.
The 2005 national election in Ethiopia witnessed 116 women voted into parliament, thus implicating that women now hold more than 20% of the seats. That is three times as many compared to previous elections and a higher female proportion than in many European parliaments.
The Ethiopian Muslims’ Relief and Development Association (EMRDA) is an indigenous faith based NGO established in 1994 and legally registered with the Ministry of Justice with the objective of preventing abject poverty and unemployment through participation and sustainable integrated rural development.
African Development Aid Association (ADAA) is an indigenous non-profit making NGO established in 1988. It currently operates in the central & southern parts of Ethiopia, specifically in Oromia Regional State.
Talent Youth Association (TAYA) was established by ten youths who came from different colleges, universities and institution of higher learning. TaYA is legally registered with the Ministry of Justice to function as a local NGO in Ethiopia.
EECMY/LWF (Lutheran World Federation) is an active partner of the DanChurchAid food security programme and has a strong network throughout Ethiopia.
DanChurchAid is working with women’s rights through local organisations in Ethiopia.
Agri Service Ethiopia (ASE) is a national, non-governmental and non-profit making development organization, established in 1969. ASE is focussing on integrated food security projects.
DanChurchAid and Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Inter Church Aid Commission (EOC/DICAC) started to cooperate in 2005 in Wadla, North Wollo, Ethiopia. EOC/DICAC is specialised in rural development projects.
Kambatti Mentti Gezzimma-Tope (KMG) is a women-focused, community development organization established in 1997. Funded by DanChurchAid, KMG has implemented a project around the 2005 national elections to increase the participation of women.
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