Action for the Needy in Ethiopia to Launch its Pioneering Efforts in Relief and Rehabilitation of IDPs

Since July 2018, under the guidance of the Government of Ethiopia, ANE has been engaged in in the provision of critical support in relief and rehabilitation of an estimated number of more than half a million vulnerable people (IDPs) displaced as a result of the renewed inter-communal violence in Gedo Zone and West Guji Zone, Southern Nations , Nationalities and People (SNNP) and Oromia Regions.

Obviously, this represents a huge challenge. The good news, however, ANE has been able to meet the challenge with concrete and exemplary achievement ensuring the basic support and protection of the IDPs in terms of relief and rehabilitation. Moreover, ANE is launching its pioneering efforts in relief and rehabilitation of IDPs at the end of January 2020. The EVENT, to be launched in Bule-Hora, is expected to be attended by Ministers, high level Government Officials including from ARRA, and other invited guests and stakeholders including UNHCR, representatives from Embassies, Consular Offices, Civil Society Leaders, Chairman and Members of ANE’s Board, Managing Director and Senior Management, Heads and Staff of ANE’s field offices as well as Representatives from the community.

One block with 3 rooms for SGVB and inpatient room rehabilitated in Bule Hora Hospital, West Guji Zone
implemented by ANE + Funded by UNHCR
Other Health Post in Bule Hora
implemented by ANE + Funded by UNHCR

Indeed, ANE’s role in the relief and rehabilitation of IDPs is of paramount importance. But, it also needs to be seen from the viewpoint of the fact that it represents nothing more the ice berg of what ANE endeavors to do in the big picture of its broader mandate supporting refugees and vulnerable host communities and providing humanitarian services and livelihood support in the different parts of the country.

In overall terms, since its establishment in 2012, ANE has served a total number of more than 2 million beneficiaries through its various interventions including relief, recovery and rehabilitation, health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), shelter and infrastructures, education, livelihood support, environmental protection and psycho-social support responding to the humanitarian and livelihood support needs of refugees, vulnerable host communities including IDPs.

School Maintained in Bule Hora
Maintained by ANE + Funded by UNHCR
Water Development Program in Bule Hora
implemented by ANE + Funded by UNHCR

Some of the highlights demonstrating the progress in terms of location-specific service delivery and partnership engagement are briefly sketched as follows:

  • Between 2014 and 2017, ANE has supported more than 5,000 vulnerable community members and refugees providing different basic food items including supplementary feeding packages in Arsi Zone, Dillo and Megado Refugee Camps with support from the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, Turkish Diyanet Foundation and Upstream Investment
  • In June 2014, more than 9, 000 refugees and vulnerable and host community members in Dillo and Megado Refugee Camps have benefited from ANE’s water supply services with support from the Agency for Refugee and Returnee Affairs(ARRA), UNHCR and the Embassies of the People’s Republic of China and Australia in Ethiopia
  • In 2015 and 2016, ANE has facilitated provision of water supply for the vulnerable host communities in Bule Hora Woreda, Oromia Regione with the system consisting of the construction of three springs, three hand-dug wells, two shallow wells and two rain water catchments in addition to the construction of two blocks of communal latrines with assistance from the Japanese Embassy in Ethiopia.
  • In 2015, more than 170, 000 refugees and vulnerable host community members in Jewi, Kule, Terkidi and Negunyyiel Refugee Camps in Gambella Region have been supported to access sustainable water supply at the average rate of 20 liter/person /day in response to the critical humanitarian and development needs.
  • In 2016, more than 5,220 vulnerable orphan children were assisted in Negele, Udet, Moyale and Bule-Hora (Oromia Region) and in Addis Ababa with support from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Ethiopia.
  • Between 2015 and 2018, more than 13, 000 emergency, transitional and improved- transitional shelters in the refugee camps and about 80 K.M of access roads were constructed in Gambella, Benishangul-Gumz and Somali Regionss with support from ARRA, UNHCR and the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) through the Qatar Red Crescent. Shelter and access roads have significant impact in ensuring the required level of protection and wellbeing as well as communication benefiting refugees and vulnerable host communities

Given its continuing engagement in the provision of water supply to refugees and vulnerable host communities in the different parts of the country, ANE is increasingly recognized as a key player with increasing commitment, capacity and leadership in the development of water and infrastructure including construction of shelters and access roads.

While development of water and infrastructure seems to represent a quasi-mainstream area of focus, some of the complementary services ANE facilitates appear to be well- beyond what can be can be expected to be accomplished by NGOs. This was vividly demonstrated in 2018 when ANE took the initiative and completed the construction of the Air field in Melkadida with virtually no external support. This had to be done as a matter of humanitarian imperative to facilitate the humanitarian aid flow to the refugee camps in Melkadida where as many as more than 220, 000 Somali refugees were sheltered

With increasing humanitarian and development needs in the country, ANE is stepping up its efforts to consolidate and expand its organizational and operational capacities to be able to contribute more optimally in the different areas of need based on growing support to be mobilized from traditional and potential partners. In this context, ANE is actively working to expand its fund raising activities both nationally and internationally approaching potential donor governments, organizations and individuals for possible funding support. This will be based on the implementation of ANE’s rolling plan for 2019-2021 within the framework of its five-year strategic plan.

ANE remains grateful to all its partners for their continuing support throughout our journey striving to respond to acute and challenging humanitarian and basic development needs affecting an increasing number of refugees and vulnerable host communities. Their critical support is what enabled us to achieve our objectives in the diverse areas of humanitarian and livelihood support needs. In particular, we find it impossible to close this short review of service delivery and partnership engagement without duly acknowledging the decisive contribution and support from ARRA and UNHCR without whose support, as primary partners, ANE would not have achieved what it has achieved to-date delivering on the ground and responding to the growing needs of refugees and vulnerable host communities with increasing efficiency and impact.