Core Activities under each strategic objective include the following:
1. Continuing and strengthening the country’s asylum and protection policy of refugee
• Opening up our borders to all incoming asylum-seekers seeking a safe-haven in Ethiopia
• Improving refugee hospitality through establishing a modern and fast and registration system
• Providing fast and integrated emergency response in the advent of any massive influx through the early development of contingency plans

2. Maintain the physical safety of refugees and avoiding potential security threats emanating from inside the refugees
• Strengthening refugee structures to enable refugees maintain their own safety and peace of their surrounding areas
• Creating and establishing new outreach and awareness raising mechanisms to scale up people to people activities
• Modernizing refugee and community services to provide a transparent, free from misconduct quality services
3. Improving access and quality of basic and social refugee services
 Improving education services and expand coverage in pre-school, primary and secondary schooling through construction of new schools, upgrading teacher’s capacities, availing teaching aides and materials
 Availing capacity building supports to government universities to increase their current refugee enrollment of 1700 to 2500
 Provide a quality health care service through mainly strengthening health extension package programs and prevention of epidemics occurrence with a particular focus on overall prevention works
 Improving productivity of surface and ground water to provide pure drinking water of 20 liters per person per day
 Increasing shelter coverage to 100% through refugee participation by constructing environment friendly , cost-effective and durable refugee houses
 Providing cash assistance in replacement of selected food and non-food items to meet refugees’ NFI and food needs
 Maintaining and upgrading in-camps and main roads to ensure access to refugee camps and hence improve service delivery

4. Expanding income-generating and livelihood opportunities to refugee and hosting communities

 Creating conducive environment to assist refugees engage in small scale business, agriculture and related livelihood interventions
 Establishing enabling environment to improve refugee lives by allowing them to have access to work permit, driving license, right to own property, to open a book account
 Allowing more than 80,000 refugees to live out of camps creating an enabling environment to sulf-sustain and engage in income-generating activities
 Granting local integration opportunities for some 40,000 refugees who stayed in the country for over 20 years to enable them improve their economic situation
 Benefiting 50 thousands individuals each from the Somali refugee as well as hosting communities residing in and around Genale river through the application of irrigation schemes to increase their crop productivity
 Allowing some 30,000 refugees to be able to get employment in the soon- constructing industrial parks
 Providing work permits to refugee graduates in areas permitted for foreign workers by giving priority to qualified refugees.

5. Advancing organizational implementation capacity

• Redesigning organizational structure and adopting new rules and procedures to ensure the delivery of fast and quality refugee service
• Strengthening communication and image building activities to ensure and expand organizational outreach works
• Deploying modern technology and employing automation in the day to day operations of the organization to provide fast and efficient services
• Establishing a modern efficient and free from misuse and mishandling financial and procurement management system to support the successful achievement of organizational mission
• Devising human resource development strategy to improve organizational implementation capacity
• Creating a welcoming, comfortable and friendly working place to increase staff performance
6. Scaling up environmental protection activities and ensuring hosting communities benefit from refugee programs
• Expanding renewable energy and employing energy-saving technologies to mitigate natural resource degradation
• Rehabilitating refugee impacted surroundings, with the involvement of refugees, by scaling up tree planting, water and soil conservation works
Ethiopia’s Refugee Law
Ethiopia is signatory to the UN Refugee Convention ratified in 1951, and is also a signatory to the refugee convention endorsed by the then OAU in 1969 (now AU). The country enacted its own Refugee Proclamation in 2004. The Proclamation embodies international refugee laws and principles. Of particular significance are the provisions under Article 21 of the proclamation which outline the rights and obligations of refugees in Ethiopia. The provisions of the refugee proclamation mainly promote the people to people relations between refugees, hosting communities and peoples of neighboring countries.
The Refugee Law:
– Guarantees the right to seek asylum
– Puts the legal framework for the government to avail land to set up a refugee camp( despite the environmental pressure it creates)
– Guarantees the physical safety and protection of refugees
– Stipulates refugee rights and responsibilities
– Respects the principle of non- refoulement (Non- refoulement is a key principle of refugee protection. It means that no person shall be refused entry in to or expelled to any other country or be subject to any similar measure if he may be subject to persecution on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion…