New financial assistance from the EU to help Ethiopia to deal with the deteriorating humanitarian situation

April 12, 2016

Hat: The European Commission decided to provide 122.5 million euro aid to help the country to deal with a deteriorating humanitarian situation caused by El Niño

Funding Scheme: 2016-04-12

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


“El Niño” is an extreme weather phenomenon characterised by rising temperatures of surface sea water, which by the interaction with the atmosphere causes different extreme events, from floods to droughts. While El Niño has is particularly affecting large regions of Africa, in particulier Ethiopia, the worst-hit country so far.


European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides and European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, currently in Ethiopia in the framework of the College to College (C2C) conference taking place in Addis Ababa, where Commissioners from the European Union and the African Union are meeting, were notably concerned by the humanitarian situation in the country. 

El Niño, causing floods to droughts, strongly impacts food security, health, and access to water and hygiene conditions of millions of people. The European Commission has therefore announced €122.5 million for Ethiopia to address the immediate needs of people affected by the worsening humanitarian situation. This new EU funding comes on top of a first El Niño emergency package announced in December that consisted of €79 million for the Greater Horn of Africa region and from which nearly €43 million will benefit Ethiopia.

The EU has been providing both emergency humanitarian funding and long term development support to Ethiopia. Ethiopia is in particular the largest beneficiary of EU development assistance, with a country programme of €745 million for 2014-2020, through the 11th European Development Fund.

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