Humanitarian Response Program

DPO had implemented several humanitarian response projects in different parts of the country. As a result of this the organization had addressed the most pressing needs and gaps of the conflict and flood affected communities.  Accordingly, DPO had identified the following intervention thematic areas under its HRP.

Shelter and NFI

Having access to adequate shelter and basic household items has far-reaching effects on a person’s living standard, as well as physical and mental wellbeing. In some situations of displacements, providing shelter assistance is life-saving. Other multi-sectoral effects of shelter include improvement to a person’s mental wellbeing, protection from adverse climatic condition, prevention from protection and security risks, and preservation of physical health.

DPO works to ensure that everyone has the right to adequate housing. Thus, DPO construct communal and duplex shelter for crisis affected internally displeased peoples in different parts of the country.  It’s also distribute emergency shelter kits and non-food items for IDPs.

DPO contributes to the protection of displaced and other vulnerable groups from life-threatening elements through the distribution of Emergency Assistance Packages, improve living conditions and facilitate access to durable solutions for displaced people. 

identified the following intervention thematic areas under its HRP.


To support the health and wellbeing of affected populations in the country, DPO’s WASH teams address the immediate needs of newly displaced populations and vulnerable host communities through the provision of comprehensive emergency support.

DPO responds to immediate and lifesaving needs through short-term hygiene promotion campaigns, hygiene kit distributions, rapid rehabilitation/ establishment of water and sanitation infrastructure, and rapid vector control activities. Hygiene kit distributions provide access to personal and menstrual hygiene management items and are carried out along with hygiene promotion activities, as part of efforts to support the improvement of individual, family and community hygiene practices. These distributions are also activated in response to epidemiological alerts on water-related diseases and as part of COVID-19 prevention measures.

Apart from undertaking the major thematic interventions indicated above, DPO is accountable to persons of concern from the outset of an emergency until durable solutions are achieved. DPO works with the principles of:

  • Do No Harm
  • Gender Equality and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
  • Accountability to Affected People (AAP)
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Creating equal opportunity for the needy people 
  • Strict adherence to COVID-19 Protection Protocol


Key protection concerns faced by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other affected populations in Ethiopia include sexual and gender based violence, physical violence, child marriage, family separation (including unaccompanied and separated children), psycho-social distress and trauma, persons with specific needs not receiving or being able to access life-saving services, persons without adequate shelter and living in collective sites, persons missing documentation and having no legal redress for lost property, livelihood or human rights violations.

DPO implements different protection projects includes the Child-Protection (CP) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The project also aims to make a significant contribution to the reduction of and response to gender-based violence and child protection problems.


DPO works with a Strategic objective to contribute to the attainment of adequate nutritional status of vulnerable women and children. 

The morbidity, mortality and vulnerability of pregnant & lactating women and infant & youth are prevalent in Ethiopia as a result of problems related to nutrition. DPO will work on CMAM, SAM, and SBCC on nutrition and prevention of hidden hunger and micro nutrient deficiencies.

DPO will implement projects under this thematic component. We will create significant impacts on our nutrition projects both under development and emergency nutrition projects.

Agriculture and Livelihood

DPO works with a Strategic objective to improve the food security situation and enhance the rehabilitation and self-reliance capacity of vulnerable communities

In its refugee and local community context, DPO will implement projects on Agriculture and livelihoods thematic component. The interventions will enable target communities to improve their household income, improve their productivity and enhance their dietary diversity. As a result of this poor and marginalized women and children in particular could realize their vision and use their potential which contribute for the reduction of gender disparities and reduce poverty and vulnerabilities.

In terms of scope of interventions, DPO aims to create and promote the conditions for addressing root causes of livelihood erosion by linking short term/immediate actions with longer term measures and considerations. Thus the Plan proposes a set of balanced responses that aim to protect, rehabilitate and diversify the livelihoods of pastoralists, agro-pastoralists and farmers in the country.