Over the past decades, Ethiopia has experienced cycles of natural disasters, typically stemming from the El-Nino and La-Nina phenomena, which often leave the country in either severe droughts or devastating flooding situations. Regardless of the nature of the event, these always equate to the destruction of crops and livestock, famine, displacement of populations and disease outbreaks. The situation has been especially difficult over the past two years, mainly in lowland pastoral areas where hundreds of thousands are displaced. The meteorological forecast for 2018 does not predict any easing of the situation, as the insufficient amount of rainfall of the autumn season means that the level of food insecurity and malnutrition will remain high in these affected areas.
Disease outbreaks are expected to continue in 2018 and new humanitarian needs have arisen due to the conflict in Oromia and Somali regions. Many of those displaced over the course of 2017 are likely to require continuing relief assistance and recovery support in 2018. The humanitarian community operating in Ethiopia is assisting the government in its delivery of the needed assistance to the affected populations. In order to accurately plan for the response, there is a prevailing need in the country for accurate and up-to-date information that allows humanitarian actors to tailor their planning to the beneficiaries' needs. Few of the active sectors have dedicated Information Management (IM) specialists, most of whom, if any, are acting as IM Officer for their organizations.
To make good use of available, scarce financial resources iMMAP bring its IM expertise to the service of the sectors by reinforcing their capacity, but also to help build a strong pool of national IMOs who will remain as the backbone of the sectors' response and for the future.
Through this project, iMMAP continues its information management support to selected priority clusters: Shelter/NFI, Agriculture & Livelihoods, and Coordination. Building upon the successful results achieved working closely in collaboration with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), this project aims to fill the gap in systematic data collection, consolidation, analysis, and presentation/reporting to facilitate an overall understanding of the humanitarian needs, response, and important trends. The project also continues to strengthen the capacity of national actors who are crucial for a sustained response to the crisis in Ethiopia. Dedicated support is also provided to the response in Tigray by filling the information management gaps reported.
Funded by the European Union, iMMAP provides its services and expertise in support of the humanitarian community in order to strengthen data-driven approaches in Ethiopia's Humanitarian Programme Cycle. iMMAP helps partners to enhance readiness, information, and access to up-to-date qualitative data in a timely manner through three main activities covering all the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia:
• Support to multi-sectoral needs assessments
• Production of situation analysis reports aiming to address different critical information needs and gaps that have been reported by the actors in the country
• Provide dedicated IM support to the Protection Cluster as well as its sub-sectors (Gender-Based Violence, Child Protection, and the House Land and Property Working Group)