Overcoming Barriers to Humanitarian Access in Northern Ethiopia
The resumption of armed violence in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, where 5.2 million people are in dire need of humanitarian support, threatens to undermine recent gains in humanitarian access. A negotiated cease-fire had previously enabled an increase in the delivery of life-saving assistance to millions of civilians in need. Recent attacks, and fears of a renewal of the widespread conflict, are generating new needs and restricting the ability of aid agencies to respond. Humanitarian organizations require the full cooperation of all parties to allow unfettered access.
The panelists will explore how humanitarian and development agencies, and their donors, can navigate access constraints, return to an enduring cease-fire, and respond to the humanitarian needs in northern Ethiopia in a manner that reinforces–rather than undermines–stability.
This event is made possible through the generous support of USAID.