2022 Humanitarian Assistance Other

Recurring Disasters: Swedish Humanitarian Assistance to Ethiopia

Emma Öståker

This study shows that Ethiopia at regular intervals during the last decades has suffered from disasters and emergencies during which Sweden contributed relatively large sums of humanitarian aid. The study raises vital questions about how Sweden, the donor community and the Ethiopian government have worked to strengthen Ethiopia’s capacity to respond to recurring famines and crisis situations.

The report has been commissioned as a complement to EBA’s ongoing evaluation of long-term development cooperation between Sweden and Ethiopia. The purpose is to provide a historical background to today’s Swedish humanitarian and long-term work in the country. The mapping looks at the period from the mid-1970s until 2020 and thus does not include the most recent years.