Since 2017, iMMAP Inc. has been providing support to OCHA and clusters by deploying national information management officers (IMOs), supported by international IMOs, producing, and delivering information products and services including data coordination, databases, and infographics to inform the country humanitarian response, and improve local IMOs’ capacities to ensure sustainable effects of interventions.

Ethiopia continues to grapple with multiple ongoing crises that generate unprecedented emergencies and humanitarian needs. The overall humanitarian situation in the country has continued to deteriorate in 2022, leading to increased humanitarian needs due to ongoing conflict and violence, and climatic shocks such as the prolonged drought. More than 20 million people are to be targeted for humanitarian assistance and protection in 2022, of whom nearly three quarters are women and children. The northern crisis that started in the Tigray region in November 2020 spread to the neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions in 2021, causing further violence, displacement, food insecurity, and constraints on local services. Across Northern Ethiopia over 9.4 million people are currently targeted for humanitarian support. Ethiopia is also experiencing one of the most severe droughts in the last forty years, following four consecutive failed rainy seasons since late 2020. Recent forecasts project that the October to December 2022 season will also be below average, setting the stage for an unprecedented fifth failed rainy season. The prolonged drought continues to compromise fragile livelihoods heavily reliant on livestock and deepening food insecurity and malnutrition.

The humanitarian community operating in Ethiopia is assisting the government in its delivery of the needed assistance to the affected populations. Information management (IM) often ranks behind direct intervention and life-saving activities for resource allocation, even though both depend on IM for successful outcomes. The increasing scale of the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia requires sustained IM services, data analysis, and staff capacity in IM to the humanitarian coordination bodies and actors. iMMAP Inc. seeks to provide an integrated solution to the challenges faced, by responding in each of these three areas. Information, analysis, and skills generated will support the monitoring of outcome progress, and gaps, improve the quality and timeliness of information, create a better understanding of the evolving humanitarian situation, and assist with the delivery of the objectives of all humanitarian actors.


Information Management Support and Capacity Building to Humanitarian Response Actors in Ethiopia
Funded by the USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), this project is aimed at promoting a shared and complete understanding of the Ethiopian humanitarian context through the provision of information management (IM) support and capacity building to humanitarian clusters, UN Agencies, NGOs and government actors. This is achieved through secondments of information management officers (IMO) in key humanitarian coordination bodies including the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC), Regional Emergency Coordination Centres (RECC), clusters and sub-clusters at national and regional levels. Providing much needed IM support and capacity building to these humanitarian coordination bodies to meet the increased needs for accurate IM. In addition, capacity building workshops on key IM related topics are being held by iMMAP at national and regional locations, providing attendees with important skills to improve the quality and impact of their work.