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Welcome to the Ethiopia Protection Cluster Webpage

The Ethiopia Protection Cluster has been active since 2008 following the global roll out of the cluster approach. In 2016, for the first time, a protection component was included in the Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD). According to the HRD mid-year review, 2.5 million people are in need of protection in Ethiopia (1 million children, 1.3 million women and girls and 0.2 million men and boys).

The Protection Cluster focuses on the rights and needs of specific groups, including Internally Displaced Persons (‘IDPs’), and is led by UNHCR. A Child Protection and Gender Based Violence GBV Sub Cluster (of the Protection Cluster) is co-led by UNICEF, UNFPA and the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA); and has been established in six regions of Ethiopia (Somali, Afar, Oromia, Tigray, Amhara and SNNPR), with government leadership. The Protection Cluster and the CP/GBV Sub Cluster membership includes Government Institutions, UN agencies, national and international NGOs. 

The Protection Cluster meets every last Thursday of each month in the UNHCR Ethiopia office. 


Charlotte Ridung, Assistant Representative for Protection - UNHCR Representation to Ethiopia - Addis Ababa - - +251974181951
Gelila Dereje - Protection Cluster Consultant - UNHCR Representation to Ethiopia - Addis Ababa - - +251944140799
Zuzana Kovalova - Protection Officer - UNHCR Representation to Ethiopia - Addis Ababa - - +251960438661
Noah Sempiira - Information Management Officer - UNHCR Representation to Ethiopia - Addis Ababa - - +251903182671