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Sustainable water and pasture management to alleviate the plight of Ethiopian pastoralists

A group of Ethiopian men and women beside a half dried-up pool of water, using picks and shovels to dig new basins.

01.06.2015 - 31.08.2020

Drought, fodder scarcity and conflicts over natural resources make life difficult for pastoralists in southern Ethiopia. The SDC has taken various measures to improve their food security and their resilience to crisis situations, ranging from the rehabilitation of pastureland and water points to the introduction of land use plans and the diversification of income sources for women.




[1] For the sake of simplicity, pastoralists and agro-pastoralist will be referred to as “pastoralists” hereafter.



Country/region Topic Period Budget

Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
Environment protection
Disaster Risk Reduction – Prevention
Integrated water resource management (watershed)
Agricultural development
Environmental policy and administrative management
Water resources conservation (including data collection)
Disaster prevention and preparedness

01.06.2015 - 31.08.2020

CHF 6'753'920

Healthy people and animals in Ethiopia thanks to an interdisciplinary project: Jigjiga University One Health Initiative

African farmer ploughing a field with an ox.

01.01.2015 - 30.09.2020

Nomadic pastoralist communities, which constitute one tenth of Ethiopia’s population, have little access to health services. In the Jigjiga University One Health Initiative, the SDC is helping to establish local healthcare services by supporting an interdisciplinary centre of excellence at Jigjiga University in eastern Ethiopia.

Country/region Topic Period Budget

Health system strengthening
Primary health care
Health policy and administrative management
Basic health care

01.01.2015 - 30.09.2020

CHF 2'100'000

Building Regional and National capacities for improved Migration Governance in the IGAD Region

01.01.2022 - 31.08.2027

The Horn of Africa is of high interest for Switzerland in terms of migration policy. Swiss support to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and its Member States will contribute to improve their migration governance capacities so as to enable the organisation to effectively implement regional, continental and global regulatory standards for the protection of refugees and vulnerable migrants in the region.

Reducing Food Losses through Improved Post Harvest Management in Ethiopia

01.07.2018 - 31.12.2022

Ethiopia continues to experience high post-harvest losses around 30% annually due to inappropriate use of technologies and mal-practices. Building up on the success stories and knowledge gained from SDC’s long-term engagement in post-harvest management and lessons learnt from the first phase, the second phase aims at promoting affordable and effective on-farm storage technologies and management practices to reduce post-harvest losses for smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.

Project completed

Support to the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF)

15.05.2017 - 31.12.2017

The Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) managed by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) provides flexible funding for life-saving interventions in Ethiopia. The consecutive underperformance of the past rainy seasons, compounded by a severe AWD/cholera outbreak, has led to a deep humanitarian crisis affecting Ethiopia’s southern pastoral areas. Switzerland’s contribution to the EHF will allow for a rapid and needs-based response.

Nutrition Emergency Assistance to the Drought Affected Pastoralist Communities in Doolo Zone of Somali National Regional State, VSF-CH, Ethiopia

15.05.2017 - 14.08.2018

The failure of two consecutive rain seasons is having devastating effects on the mostly pastoralist population of Ethiopia’s southern arid and semi-arid areas. The number of people in need is dramatically increasing, with the drought affecting multiple aspects of human life. The Doolo Zone, where pastoralism is the main livelihood, is one of the most severely affected. By supporting VSF-CH, Switzerland will contribute to improve the nutritional status of the affected population.

Contribution to government and development partners platforms

15.04.2017 - 14.04.2021

The Development Assistance Group (DAG) and Rural Economic Development & Food Security (RED-FS) platforms are two development policy fora between Development Partners (DPs) and the Government of Ethiopia (GoE). They play a critical role in the implementation, coordination and monitoring GoE’s 2nd Growth & Transformation Plan[1] (GTPII). This contribution will allow Switzerland to actively participate in discussions and to link its programmes to existing policy processes for upscaling and policy influencing.


[1] 5-year development plan (2015/16–2019/20) of GoE, with macroeconomic targets following GTPI (2010/11 – 2014/15.

Project completed

Contributions to OCHA Field Operations in 2017

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

OCHA’s mission is to mobilise and coordinate effective humanitarian emergency assistance of the United Nations in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies. It is responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent and timely response to emergencies. Therefore, SDC seeks to provide support to OCHA field offices in relevant humanitarian contexts, in line with SDC geographic and thematic priorities.

Project completed

Additional Allocation of SDC Funding to ICRC Operations in 2017 – Ethiopia

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises. SDC funding to ICRC operations allows the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to respond proactively and to provide immediate protection and assistance for people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.

Allocation of SDC Funding to WFP Operations in 2017

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises. SDC funding to WFP operations allows the World Food Programme (WFP) to respond proactively and to provide immediate food assistance in life-threatening situations.

Project completed

IOM Information Management & Policy Development for Durable Solutions for IDPs in Ethiopia

01.07.2016 - 31.12.2017

There are over 777’000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ethiopia today. More than half of them are in the Somali Region and are extremely marginalized. Their specific needs are badly known and the vast majority of the humanitarian and development interventions fail to include them in programming. This SDC contribution to the IOM will improve the availability of evidence-based data on IDPs to inform longer term programming, advocacy and policy development needed to devise durable solutions for protracted IDPs in Ethiopia.

Project completed

VSF-CH, Emergency nutrition and livestock intervention in Siti Zone

15.04.2016 - 28.02.2017

The failure of two consecutive rains, amplified by the El Nino phenomenon, has had devastationg effects on the mostly agro-pastoalist population of Ethiopia and dramatically increades the number of people in need of relief assistance (e.g. food, water). Siti Zone/Somalia region has been one of the most severley affected with only a limited set of responses. By supporting VSF-CH, Switzerland will contribute to improve the nutritional status and early recovery of the affected population. 

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