German Development Bank grants 5 million Euros to UNICEF for the South Sudanese refugee response in Ethiopia

To benefit an estimated 250,000 people including both refugees and vulnerable host communities

ADDIS ABABA, 15 January 2015: The German Development Bank (KfW), today announced a 5 million Euros grant (close to 6 million US$) to UNICEF Ethiopia to improve access to quality basic services for South Sudanese refugees and host communities in the Gambella Region of Ethiopia.

The generous contribution provided by KfW, on behalf of the Government of Germany will be used to provide high impact humanitarian interventions in the areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), health, nutrition, education and child protection to an estimated 250,000 people including both refugees and vulnerable host communities.

Since the conflict started in South Sudan a year ago, more than 190,900 refugees have crossed the border into the Gambella Region in Ethiopia. The majority of the new arrivals are women comprising of 80 per cent of the adult population and 70 per cent of children from the total population.

“With this contribution from the German Government, some of the most vulnerable groups of South Sudanese refugees – namely children and their mothers – as well as the host communities in eastern Ethiopia will be supported during these very difficult times,” said Klaus Pfeiffer, Director of the German Development Bank (KfW) Office to Ethiopia and African Union.

UNICEF works with the regional government, Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs, UNHCR, other UN agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations to ensure that humanitarian assistance is provided in neutral, impartial and timely manner; addressing the inequalities and disparities and contributing to building resilience of the affected communities.

“We are grateful to KfW for its support for these life-saving interventions, which will focus on improving access to quality basic services for South Sudan refugees and host communities in Gambella Region of Ethiopia,” said UNICEF Representative a.i, Anupama Rao Singh. “We believe that the funding will significantly improve the lives of women and children as well as strengthen the service delivery structure within the host communities,” she added.

More specifically, the following results are expected to be achieved through this funding:

  • An estimated 110,000 refugees and vulnerable host communities will have access to safe drinking water, 40,000 people will have access to appropriate sanitation facilities (toilets and showers) and 150,000 people will receive hygiene promotion messages and materials;
  • An estimated 100,000 will have access to an improved health care system through capacity building and infrastructure development, 37,000 children will be vaccinated against measles and 15,000 households will receive long-lasting insecticidal nets;
  • 55,000 under five children and 10,000 pregnant and lactating women will have access to nutrition services;
  • An estimated 45,000 host communities and refugee children will access quality education through the establishment of temporary learning facilities and new schools;
  • 36,400 of the most vulnerable children will receive psychosocial support through the setting up of Child Friendly Spaces;
  • An estimated 2,000 unaccompanied and separated children will be reunited with their families.

For further information, please contact:

Imruwa Demissie, KfW Ethiopia, Tel.: +251 115180241; email:

Wossen Mulatu, UNICEF Ethiopia, Tel.: +251 115184028 ; email:

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