Looking to the Future

In 2011, a catastrophic drought struck the Horn of Africa, affecting Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. CARE continues its work there, helping communities become increasingly resilient for the future. 

The Horn of Africa Food and Refugee Crisis: One Year On

Responding to Crisis

Liz McLaughlin, Executive Director of CARE's Foundation Unit, traveled to the Horn of Africa in 2011 to see CARE's response to this massive emergency. She captured her journey on camera. 

Fighting Poverty & Drought with Honeybees

Nuriya, an Ethiopian mother of six children, has been able to make ends meet on her own since her husband passed away 11 years ago. By farming bees, a trade usually engaged by men, Nuriya is able to provide for her family.

Country Info

CARE started working in Ethiopia in 1984 in response to severe drought and famine that devastated the population and claimed the lives of nearly one million people. Since then, the organization’s activities have expanded to address the root causes of poverty and vulnerability.

As part of CARE Ethiopia’s development of a focused and long-term program approach to poverty, the office targets three groups of people:

  • pastoralist girls
  • chronically food-insecure rural women
  • poor young girls living in cities and on the outskirts of urban areas

Our Work in Ethiopia

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Ethiopia

CARE on the Financing for Development Conference: “Goals without proper funding are a hollow shell”

Press Release

CARE, H&M and H&M Conscious Foundation Collaborate on a Holiday Campaign to Further Women’s Economic Empowerment in Ethiopia

CARE on the Financing for Development Conference: “Goals without proper funding are a hollow shell”

ADDIS ABBA-(July 16, 2015)-- As the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Ethiopia ends today, CARE warns of the effect that insufficient funding will have on the ambitious development agenda the world has set itself in 2015.

“The global community can set itself the finest goals for sustainable development, protecting the climate and ensuring human rights for everyone. But if we don’t succeed in backing those ambitions with the necessary funding, those goals will remain a hollow shell“, says Dr. Wolfgang Jamann, Secretary General and CEO...

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GRADuating Families Out of Poverty

GRAD is a five-year USAID -funded project building on the Government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program Plus (PSNP) project. PSNP was a previous USAID -funded initiative that demonstrated the potential for safety nets to support extremely vulnerable, food insecure populations.

Led by CARE and implemented through a partnership of local and international organizations, GRAD seeks to bring change on multiple levels including:...

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CARE Cornell Research Partnership

Bringing together superb research capacities and an unparalleled global reach and depth of community relationships, CARE and Cornell University are working together in a new collaboration to create sustainable solutions targeting global concerns, including world hunger and climate change. The effort is focused on the most vulnerable populations, especially women and families.

Collaborating for Change: Strengthening Food and...

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CARE Cornell Impact Through Innovation Funds

Cornell University and CARE have established a strategic collaboration (CARE-Cornell) to advance sustainable food systems that strengthen the resilience of chronically food-insecure women and their families to fight hunger and adapt to climate change. At the heart of the collaboration is a grant program -- The Impact through Innovation Fund -- that leverages the strength of CARE's staff in country with the research capacity at Cornell so that both can more effectively advance solutions to some of the more intractable...

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Push Pull Model Graduates Families Out of Poverty

People in poverty have a wide range of abilities and needs. Some are in emergencies where only direct support--in cash or in kind--can meet immediate needs. Some are more stable for the moment, but lack the economic opportunities that will help them move sustainably out of poverty. Increasingly, communities and families slide in and out of crisis in response to market, climate, and economic shocks. CARE recognizes that to address needs for these families, we need to provide both strategies that support increased economic productivity for the individuals ("push" strategies) and activities...

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GRAD: Graduating Out of Social Assistance And Into Long-Term Food Security

GRAD is a five-year USAID-funded project designed to build on the Government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program Plus (PSNP) project. PSNP was a previous USAID-funded initiative that demonstrated the potential for safety nets to support extremely vulnerable, food insecure populations.

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Getting Communities Involved In Setting Priorities and Gathering Data

CARE believes in putting communities in the driver's seat to determine what projects should do, and if it's working to meet community needs. One tool we use to accomplish this is the Participatory Performance Tracker (PPT). This tool allows groups and individuals to evaluate project outcomes, behavior change, and barriers to success. Groups at the community level compare objectives to outcomes, to hold themselves, their leaders, and CARE accountable for the goals we've set. Outside facilitators work with groups to evaluate group dynamics and performance. To effectively use the PPT, groups...

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CARE Knows How to Tap Into Wellsprings

Tussamo Tino, 31, is married and a father of three children. He is a farmer in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) in Ethiopia. He used to plant ensets (false banana), maize and haricot beans on his small plot, but unpredictable rainfall and problems of pest infestation and soil nutrient draining resulted in frequent periods of total or partial crop failure. This cascaded into high risks of livestock deaths due to a shortage of food, greatly worsening the food insecurity in the region.

Tussamo took advantage of a government-funded program to learn about...

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Reversing Climate Change Perils through Rope and Washer Technology

Climate change is a global phenomenon that is disrupting the livelihoods and lives of innumerable smallholder farmers around the world.

Tusamo Tino, 28 and father of three children, was one of these farmers who was seriously suffering from the adverse effects of climate change and the subsequent failure of his crop four years ago. In the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) where he resides, the majority of farmers heavily depend on the very unreliable rain-fed and subsistence agriculture to feed themselves and others.

Tusamo very well remembers the...

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TESFA: Improving The Live of Adolescent Girls in Ethiopia

This 16 page evaluation showcases the final results of the groundbreaking program designed and implemented by CARE Ethiopia and evaluated by the International Center for Research on Women, “Towards Economic ans Sexual Reproductive Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls,’ or TESFA, which impacted the lives of 5,000 child brides.

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