Norwegian Church Aid is an ecumenical diaconal organization for global justice. We work to help the poorest and those in need, regardless of their creed, race, political or religious affiliation.

NCA provide emergency assistance in disasters, work for long-term development in local communities and address the root causes of poverty, we advocate for just decisions by public authorities, business and religious leaders.


Norwegian Church Aid started working in Ethiopia in 1974. Our programme in Ethiopia focuses on reproductive health, climate resilience and water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as emergency response.


Through the WASH programme, Norwegian Church Aid partners with local organisations and community members to construct and rehabilitate water schemes, such as boreholes and hand dug wells. With only 28% sanitation coverage, educating and training communities on the importance of safe hygiene and sanitation practices is another priority.


Norwegian Church Aid works with farmers in Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ regions to improve agricultural practices, provide equipment and drought resistant seeds and training on how to resist natural shocks. In the areas where we work, farmers have been able to increase their cereal production by as much as 150% by adopting improved farming practices.


Faith-based organizations at the grassroots and community level play a crucial role in our reproductive health programme by providing education. Norwegian Church Aid focuses on improving access to, and the quality of, sexual reproductive health services and contributing to the national commitment to end female genital mutilation and child marriage. Over the last four years, Norwegian Church Aid has mobilized more than 850,000 priests, imams and other religious leaders to take action to improve women’s reproductive health.


The growing refugee situation in the Horn of Africa has resulted in Ethiopia becoming the African country receiving the most refugees with more than 689,000 people from Eritrea, South Sudan and Somalia. Currently, Norwegian Church Aid provides emergency sanitation and hygiene assistance for more than 20,000 South Sudanese refugees in the Gambella region.

Response on Early Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Over the last five years, faith based organizations in Ethiopia have made significant strides to end harmful practices and gender based violence. The Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Ethiopian Catholic Church with the support from NCA have developed theological reflections to raise awareness among their respective followers and alter long standing norms based on their religious teachings. Between 2009 -2015, the three Churches publically declared against female genital mutilation and other harmful traditional practices. This has resulted in a number of achievements and lessons.

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