Country Program

Ethiopia is one of the world’s fastest-growing countries with an estimated population of 110 million people. Yet despite increased economic growth in the past decade, Ethiopia still ranks near the bottom of the Human Development Index. In the country since 1973, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) responds to crises and needs by assisting refugees, Internally Displaced People (IDPs), and vulnerable local communities. In 2021, the country program supported more than 313,000 persons through psycho-social, livelihoods, food security, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), environmental protection, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) projects.

Ethiopia is dealing with the effects of climate change, internal unrest, and the conflict in Tigray. The 20-month conflict came to an end in early November 2022, with a peace agreement between the federal government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Humanitarian work resumed quickly after that even if the area still struggles from the lack of many critical services, eg. banks. In addition to the emergency operations in Tigray, LWF builds people's resilience and runs projects for longer-term livelihoods and food security work, like distribution of seeds. In Tigray, LWF World Service works together with DASSC, the diaconal agency of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Mekane Yesus, an LWF member church.

Updated: 30 January 2023


Partners and donors

LWF staff distribute IMO-sponsored non-food items at the Wada IDP site in Seweyna woreda, Oromia province. The Lutheran World Federation supports internally displaced people in several regions of Ethiopia. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
  • ACTAlliance
  • ACT Church of Sweden
  • AID Canada
  • Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS)
  • Bread for the World
  • Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  • Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR)
  • European Union
  • Evangelical Church of Württemberg
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)
  • Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)
  • German National Committee of the LWF
  • German Cooperation (GIZ)
  • Icelandic Church Aid
  • Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • ILO
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Government of Sweden
  • SIDA

Help us make a difference in the lives of people in need in Ethiopia and other places throughout the world.

supported in 2021
received psychosocial services
received cash and relief goods after the desert locust plague
individuals have increased access to sufficient food all year round

Photo: LWF