Population: 109 Million
Development Context: National Priorities: Refugee response, smallholder farming, natural disaster response
Recurring disasters: Droughts and floods
Solid regional opportunity in the Horn of Africa for achieving self-reliance through entrepreneurship for refugee, IDP and host communities.


  •  With about 109 million people (2018), Ethiopia is the second most populous nation in Africa after Nigeria, and the fastest growing economy in the region. However, it is also one of the poorest. Ethiopia’s location gives it strategic dominance as a jumping off point in the Horn of Africa, close to the Middle East and its markets. [1]

 Key Issues

  • Ethiopia has identified and received UN-support for the following milestones: [2]
  • Refugees: The implementation of a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) that aims to deliver a more predictable and sustainable approach to refugee management for refugees’ self-reliance, enhanced basic and social services for refugees.
  • Smallholder Farming: Industrial and service sector growth interventions for micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including small farming businesses.
  • Natural Disasters: Coordinated humanitarian response to recurrent drought and internally displaced people (IDPs).


UMR Engagement

  • UMR Ethiopia is committed to identifying and filling gaps in national aid, in alignment with national and UN-supported priorities. UMR has a strong footprint in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa at large in the sectors of education and health – especially for refugee communities; and recently, we have started building local partnerships for smallholder farming as a means of building sustainable household food security.

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