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.

The LWF Ethiopia Program largely focuses on humanitarian response due to the recent crises in the Northern part of the country. The conflict between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Federal Government and its allies, as well as the spill over in Amhara Region have resulted in massive loss of lives, internal displacements, violence against women and girls and damage to civilian infrastructure. LWF Ethiopia responds to the humanitarian needs in Tigray and the neighboring Amhara region targeting the most vulnerable such as internally displaced persons, people living with disability, the elderly, women and children. 

LWF Ethiopia works with disadvantaged communities in building resilience and sustainable livelihood, and provides humanitarian services such as food assistance, water supply, hygiene and sanitation, Shelter/NFIs, cash distribution, education in emergencies, general protection, child protection and gender-based violence prevention and response, environmental protection, psycho-social support, and camp coordination and camp management.  

Updated: 12 February 2024


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
  • ACT Alliance 
  • ACT Church of Sweden 
  • AID Canada 
  • Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) 
  • Bread for the World 
  • Canadian Foodgrains Bank 
  • Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) 
  • Christian Aid 
  • Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) 
  • EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) 
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) 
  • Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg 
  • Finnish Evangelical LUtheran Mission (FELM) 
  • LWF German National Committee 
  • German Society for Development Cooperation (GIZ) 
  • Icelandic Church Aid 
  • Government of Iceland 
  • International Labor Organization (ILO) 
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) 
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) 
  • Irish Aid 
  • The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) 
  • SIDA 

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

in Tigray, Amhara, Gambella, Somali and Oromia regions
all of them national staff
supported in 2022
million Euro
total budget 2023

Photo: LWF