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Gebru Kahsay inspects his teff field with his grandson. Supporting farmers is a major part of Oxfam’s work in Ethiopia. (Photo: Eva-Lotta Jansson/Oxfam America)


  • Population: 99.5 million (2015 est.)
  • Human Development Index: 174 (among 188 countries)
  • GDP per capita: US $1,600 (PPP, 2014 est.)
  • Population below poverty line: 36.8% (2012 est.)

Sources: CIA – The World Factbook (as of 30 December, 2015); World Development Indicator 2015; Human Development Report 2015


Oxfam in Ethiopia

Since 1971, Oxfam has been operating in Ethiopia to bring lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Oxfam focuses on sustainable livelihoods, water and sanitation, agriculture, climate research, gender and humanitarian issues. It works together with the government, United Nations, civil society organisations, private sector and communities in all regional states of Ethiopia. Oxfam Hong Kong supports Oxfam in Ethiopia’s disaster relief and emergency programmes.


Our work's focus:

Sustainable livelihoods – Improve food and income security through better access to production technology and sustainable markets, especially for women, and by facilitating private and public sectors' engagement to enable access to markets.
Public services – Ensure people have access to improved public services as well as supporting women to lead decision making in service development and management; build capacity of communities and local government to manage their own public services; and support governments and donors to make investments in water, sanitation and hygiene services transparently and effectively.
Disaster risk reduction – Improve community preparedness to disasters, while focusing on women in emergencies; enable more people in disaster affected communities to access life-saving assistance, and rebuild and protect their livelihoods; and influence bearers to ensure timely responses to humanitarian crises in accordance with humanitarian laws and standards
Supporting women – Change attitudes and beliefs regarding gender based violence; empower women to act as leaders; and support women's access to economic opportunities.


Impact of our work:

'We have no land to farm, so it has always been hard for us to make money. For years we have just been eating one small meal a day. But the bee hives have changed that. Now we are able to afford clothing.'

Wubalem Shiferaw, member of an Oxfam supported beekeepers co-operative.