WASHINGTON, June 27, 2022 — The World Bank’s Board of Directors has approved the second phase of the Development Response to Displacement Impacts in the Horn of Africa Project (DRDIP II) for $180 million in funding from the International Development Association (IDA*) to help Ethiopia improve access to basic social and economic services, expand livelihood opportunities and improve environmental management for refugees and their host communities .
About 2.5 million people in Ethiopia, one-third refugees and at least 50% women, will benefit from the new DRDIP funding. This ongoing project has already helped more than 5 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda since 2016.
DRDIP II will expand the geographical scope of the project to cover all communities in Ethiopia affected by the presence of refugees and to deepen support for the implementation of government refugee inclusion policies. Refugees are included as direct beneficiaries of this new phase, and their concerns will be better integrated into local development planning with particular emphasis on the economic and social empowerment of women. The government has also agreed to third-party implementation and monitoring in areas at high risk of ongoing conflict to ensure that needs in all refugee-hosting areas in the country are met.
“DRDIP II activities will complement humanitarian assistance to refugees and host communities,” said Boutheina Guermazi, Regional Integration Director for Africa, Middle East and North Africa at the Bank. world. “This will contribute to the ongoing transformation of the government’s approach to refugee response, from a short-term humanitarian model to a more sustainable, long-term development approach.
Ethiopia has long been a generous host for refugees and its political response to forced displacement has been progressive. It is the third largest refugee-hosting country in Africa and the ninth in the world. Most refugees in Ethiopia are from South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea and face protracted displacement due to regional instability. They reside in camps, usually located on the outskirts of the country.
DRDIP II activities respond to the impacts of the presence of refugees by upgrading and constructing public infrastructure such as schools, health centers, water supply systems, roads and markets for better services and for coping with the pressure that refugee influxes can put on service delivery. Activities aimed at mitigating environmental degradation are also included. To take advantage of opportunities presented by refugee influxes, livelihoods activities support income generation for host communities and refugees so that they become self-reliant and reduce their dependence on humanitarian aid.
*The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and loans at low or no interest rates for projects and programs that stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and improve the lives of the poor. IDA is one of the largest sources of aid to the world’s 74 poorest countries, 39 of them in Africa. IDA resources bring positive change to the 1.3 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has provided $458 billion to 114 countries. Annual commitments averaged around $29 billion over the past three years (FY19-FY21), of which around 70% went to Africa. Learn more online: IDA.worldbank.org. #IDAworks
PRESS RELEASE No.: 2022/094AFE
In Addis Ababa