As of 6 September, the US$3 billion requirements for the 2022 Ethiopia Humanitarian Response Plan was 39.2 per cent funded with $1.2 billion donor funding for conflict, drought, and flood-induced humanitarian needs. The water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); camp coordination and camp management (CCCM); and protection sectors are the least funded according to current data. Funding gaps are reported across all sectors, hampering the mobilization of timely response.
Looking at the drought response specifically, a total of US$700 million is estimated to have been contributed for the drought response to date by donors. Between January and July, more than 8 million people were assisted with food, 1.4 million people with nutrition supplements, 2.9 million people with agricultural support, and 2.5 million people with WASH services. But this coverage is significantly low compared to the vast needs and more funding is needed to meet them.
Since the beginning of 2022 and as of 31 August 2022, the Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund (EHF) received US$49.7 million in confirmed contributions from the governments of Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This represents decrease of $15 million compared to the same period last year. Two reserve allocations totaling $22.5 million have been disbursed since the beginning of the year to respond to drought ($15 million) in three most affected regions, namely Somali, Oromia and SNNP; to support the emergency in northern Ethiopia with the initial construction IDP sites in Amhara Region ($5 million); and to strengthen rapid response mechanism for sudden onset disasters across the country ($2.5 million).
Currently, the EHF is preparing its first standard allocation strategy following consultations with clusters and partners.
In parallel and in complementarity with the EHF, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$12 million since the beginning of the year to address food insecurity in drought-affected areas in Somali, Oromia and SNNP regions. Partners who received the funds have started projects’ implementation in June.
Continued donor support is critical to enable humanitarian partners to maintain and strengthen the delivery of assistance to vulnerable people in conflict and natural disasters-affected areas across the country.