The Swedish government has committed 10.5 million dollars, to back livelihood and resilience-building activities for refugees and host communities at the Dollo Ado refugee camp.
The Programme will benefit 100,000 refugees in the camp according to Zeynu Jemal, deputy director of Administration for Refugee & Returnee Affairs (ARRA). It will improve the livelihood of refugees, through job creation for youth in different income generating activities, like afforestation, farming and market linkage, Zeynu adds.
The new initiative is based in Dollo Ado, where the two rivers could be used for irrigation and to support the refugees working outside their camps promoting interaction with the community. It will also enable them to produce food for themselves and their cattle, according to Annika Nordin, head of development cooperation at Swedish Embassy.
The Programme will be implemented collectively by the Ethiopian government, World Food Programme, Mercy Corps and Farm Africa.
The refugees in Dollo Ado were displaced from Somalia due to conflict, famine and other issues. The camp is located in one of the weredas of the Somali Regional State in Liben zone, which shares its borders with Somalia in the southeast and Kenya in the south.