H.E Ambassador Asfaw Dengamo,
Chairman, ANE Board of Directors,

Today, despite multiple efforts made, there is still a need to exhibit extra commitments at all levels including at the level of individuals, organizations, associations, governments, UN Agencies and donors to continue the provision of optimal humanitarian assistance to improve the daily lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable people including refugees, internally displaced persons(IDPs) and the victims of drought and other adverse factors in Ethiopia.

Although the progress made to date is quite notable and , at times, remarkable, the multi-faceted challenges facing the refugees and vulnerable host communities in Ethiopia still remain to be brought under control through collaborative efforts with broad-based engagement in humanitarian and development endeavors with more sustainable focus on provision of enough food, , core relief items, water supply, infrastructure including shelter and , access roads, health services, access to education, access to hygiene and sanitation services, and relevant activities promoting livelihood s

Action for the Needy in Ethiopia (ANE ), born out of the belief that civil societies can contribute significantly to the alleviation of human suffering in Ethiopia, has been doing its level best reaching out to the most needy and playing an important auxiliary role complementing the efforts of the Government and other stakeholders . As a result, the relentless effort to date has enabled ANE to reach and serve more than 1.5 million beneficiaries including refugees and most vulnerable communities including IDPs and populations affected by drought and other adverse factors In partnership with multiple Ethiopian government organs as well as donors, ANE was able to provide humanitarian assistances under the thematic areas of provision of food and core relief items(CRIs), health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), infrastructures(shelter and access roads), education, livelihood support, environment protection, energy and psycho-Social support for people with specific needs, responding to the humanitarian and development needs of refugees, drought affected host communities and internally displaced persons in Oromia, Gambella, Benishangul – Gumuz, Oromia, Somali, South Nation Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP), Tigray and Afar Regional States of Ethiopia.

To reach the desired stage, where the humanitarian and development needs of the diversity of beneficiaries are met in a way that ensures the basic standard of living that everyone deserves, represents nothing less than a huge ambition and a feat that can only be achieved through the sustained collective commitment by all concerned in including the government organizations, civil societies and national and international donors.

Based on its growing experiences with the rising scale of progress it has made to date with proven capacities to deliver, ANE is redoubling its efforts with greater commitment to doing more within the global framework of the comprehensive refugee response framework(CRRF) which encourages a process of more predictable and equitable responsibility sharing among the real and potential stakeholders . To facilitate the roll out and implementation at country level, the National Strategy of the Government in Ethiopia has been enriched with a view to focusing not only on emergency needs but also more importantly on durable solutions that can improve the lives and livelihoods of the beneficiaries including refugees and vulnerable host communities.

As the CRRF also calls for a whole-of-society approach to ensure broad-based support from a wide range of stakeholders, ANE is working hard to consolidate and expand its institutional and operational capacities with increasing support being mobilized from international and national partners and supporters. The renewed focus on consolidation and expansion will, we believe, enable ANE to contribute more optimally supporting more and more beneficiaries and further demonstrating its capacity in the implementation of the CRRF as adopted within the National Strategy of the Ethiopian Government.

On behalf of ANE’s Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to the Government of Ethiopiar our national and international donors and partners UN Agencies, Embassies, Civil Societies, Private Sector Organizations and Individuals who have substantially supported us in the past eight years. I would also like to close with a note of greater optimism as I believe that, in view of the very massive humanitarian and development needs in the country, all the stakeholders will rise up to the challenge actively contributing to make a difference in the lives and livelihoods of the beneficiaries in line with global call through the CRRF and the broad-based country strategy adopted by the Ethiopian Government

Thank you,