Our History

EOTC-DICAC/RRAD has long been implementing different projects both for the host communities, refugees and returnees since 1965. For the host communities, different programs and projects have been implemented that focuses on GBV preventions, women economic empowerment, tackling human trafficking and Vocational skill trainings. For the refugees program, location wise, the department has two main interventions, namely camp based and urban based. RRAD presents in almost all refugee camps in Ethiopia. It has five liaisons offices, namely the Shire for Eritrean refugees, the Assosa for the South Sudan, Sudanese and other minority refugees, the Gambella for the South Sudanese refugees, the Melkedida for the Somali refugees, and the Jigjig for the Somali refugees.   The main intervention areas at the camp level include post primary education, psychosocial supports, vocational skill trainings and environmental protection.

At the camps levels, significant achievements have been registered in our post primary education projects. Every year, our students who stood at the national examinations passed to the next level with astonishing results; which sometimes the highest in their respective regions. Due to the continuous campaign, the number of students attending in our schools is getting higher and higher and also the attrition rate is declining from time to time. Our schools also use the curriculum of the Federal Ministry of Education that favors the smooth transition in the implementation of CRRF. 

Likewise in our urban refugee program, our services are in line with the 2009 UNHCR Comprehensive policy on urban refugees. EOTC-DICAC/RRAD is using the available government or public institutions similar to the service available to the locals. Besides, our projects helped the majority of urban refugees who have been initially referred from different refugee camps on major health problems are getting the supports required. With our emergency program that runs 24/7 days a week greatly helped urban refugees getting timely supports in addressing their health problems. EOTC-DICAC/RRAD also run safe house for better management of refugees who are survivors of gender based violence and related psychosocial supports. Economic empowerment of women and girls who are survivors of GBV is also an integral part of of the intervention. For the returnees EOTC-DICAC/RRAD in collaboration with other pertinent organizations like UN-Women, Association for Forced Migrants, and Agar Ethiopia had intervened to provide compressive supports that focus on humanitarian and livelihood for Ethiopian returnees from the Middle East countries. The department since 2012 works in partnership with UN-Women on ending violence against women and girls in some selected parts of Ethiopia that includes North Wello, Western Gojjam, and North Shoa Woreda.

The RRAD has three functional divisions namely Education, Social service and finance. The education division is responsible in coordinating education, vocational skill trainings, environmental rehabilitation at different refugee camps and at the urban centers, while the social service division is focusing on health, reproductive health, GBV prevention and control, Safe house for survivors, and psychosocial supports to vulnerable refugees and community members in the urban program. The social service division also implements prevention of gender based violence projects at different regions in Ethiopia in collaboration with UN-Women.   

In its five years strategic plan (2018-2022) on main goal 3, EOTC-DICAC committed to contribute the inclusion of refugees, returnees and internally displaced community members in the national systems in accessing education, health, psychosocial supports, WASH and tackling the root causes of their displacement. Hence DICAC/RRAD is implementing different projects both for refugees, returnees and internally displaced community members in Ethiopia.