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Key Figures 2012

Total Assistance:

US$3.2 billion

Humanitarian Assistance:

US$484 million

Cost of multilateral
peacekeeping operations:



US$7.2 billion

Key Facts

  • In 2012, Ethiopia received US$484 million in international humanitarian assistance, making it the seventh largest recipient. Initial estimates for 2013 total US$550 million.
  • Ethiopia has been in the top 10 recipients of humanitarian assistance in all of the last 10 years. Humanitarian assistance peaked at US$937 million in 2008, when it was the second largest recipient.
  • The United States (US$233 million) was the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia in 2012, followed by the United Kingdom (US$68 million) and the EU institutions (US$58 million). The US provided 55% (US$3.1 billion) of all humanitarian assistance to the country between 2003 and 2012.
  • Between 2003 and 2012 Ethiopia received US$29 billion in official development assistance (ODA), making it the fourth largest recipient. In the same 10-year period the proportion of ODA given as humanitarian assistance averaged 22%, ranging from 41% in 2003 to 14% in 2012. Ethiopia received the equivalent of 9.3% of its gross national income (GNI) as aid (ODA) in 2012.
  • 4 million people, 31% of Ethiopia’s population, were living in extreme poverty in 2011 (PPP$1.25, World Bank).
  • As reported by EM-DAT CRED (data downloaded May 2014), an average of 2.2 million people a year have been affected by natural disasters in Ethiopia over the last 10 years. Drought has had the largest impact, affecting 34 million people between 2004 and 2013.
  • Humanitarian assistance and ODA can be viewed in the wider context of resource flows that can be mobilised in Development Initiatives’ Investments to End Poverty (ITEP) report –Ethiopia country profile.










You can access various indicators and indices, together with information on engagement and data publication for each country from this Google Doc.


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Briefings and Reports

From here you can access all our briefings, reports and humanitarian analysis on Ethiopia.

Horn of Africa food crisis, July 2011 – This fact-sheet is a round-up of facts and aid data for Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and Somalia.

Humanitarian aid financing to Ethiopia, 2000-2010 – Ethiopia received an above average share of its official development assistance (ODA) in the form of humanitarian aid – 17.6% between 2000 and 2009.

East Africa crisis briefing – East Africa has been affected by acute food insecurity conditions resulting in approximately 11 million people being in need of assistance as of May 2014.There is a risk that food insecurity conditions will be further exacerbated by below-average rainfall over upcoming months and conflict and insecurity which continue to undermine trade flows.