About Assosa Refugee Program Coordination Office

Currently there are 70917, refugees from South Sudan, Sudan and refugees from great lake regions. The Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA), in coordination and cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has been providing international protection and basic assistances for refugees and asylum seekers residing in five established refugee camps namely Sherkole, Tsore, Bambasi, Tongo and Gure-Shembola.

People of Concern

As of September 30 . 2021, Assosa
Population Planning Group:RAS mainly from Sudan in Western Ethiopia
Sub-group: 
Age GroupFemaleMaleTotal
in numbersin numbersin numbersin %
0-4646665651303118.38
5-11814587751692023.86
12-17542669801240617.49
18-5913025140952712038.24
60 & above71772314402.03
Total:337793713870917100%
Major Sites:Sherkole, Bambasi, Tongo, Tsore, GureShembola

Location of camps and Local Administrative Structures

Name of the CampsDistnace from Assosa CityTotal Refugee populationDate of establishmentName of the Hosting woreda
Sherkole40km11,5781997Homosha
Tsore25km18,2112013Homosha
Bambasi52km19,1312012Bambasi
Gure-Shembolla90km10,2792017Mao Komo Special Woreda
Tongo115km11,7182011Mao Komo Special Woreda

Implementation arrangements

On the behalf of the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Agency for Refugee-Returnee Affairs (ARRA) has been diligently working its level best to ensure all IPs including itself to avail all entitlements to the refugees in a timely manner. In close co-operation with UNHCR, ARRA will provide the necessary supervision, guidance and support to all partners working in camps. The partners are:

  • World Food Program (WFP)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
  • Action for the Needy Ethiopia (ANE)
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Plan International Ethiopia ( PIE)
  • Lutheran World Federation ( LWF)
  • Development and Inter Church Aid Commission (DICAC)
  • Rehabilitation and Development Organization (RaDO)
  • Natural Resource Development and Environmental Protection (NRDEP)
  • Good Neighbours Ethiopia (GNE)
  • Humanity Inclusion (Federation for Handicap International)
  • Help Age International
  • International Cooperation for Development (CISP)
  • Right to Play (RTP)
  • German Academic Refugee Initiative ( DAFI)

Accountability Matrix for 2021 Project Period

Areas of InterventionPartners retained for 2018 project period
SherkoleTongoBambasiTsoreGureShembola
Transportation of Persons of ConcernIOMIOMIOMIOMIOM
Registration &Refugee Status DeterminationUNHCR
ARRA
UNHCR
ARRA
UNHCR
ARRA
UNHCR
ARRA
UNHCR
ARRA
SGBV (prevention)IRCIRCIRCIRCIRC
SGBV (Response)IRC                               ARRAIRC                              ARRAIRC                        ARRAIRC                                ARRAIRC                            ARRA
Child Protection and Youth programIRCPIE (OP)  IRCPIE (OP)PIE (OP)  
Support to people with specific needsRaDOHI (FHI)RaDO (Help Age)RaDO (Help Age)HI (FHI)
Sport and Recreational ActivitiesRTP (OP)RTP (OP)RTP(OP)RTP(OP)RTP (OP)
Secondary Movement     
ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education)IRCPIE (OP)IRCPIE (OP)PIE (OP)
Primary EducationARRAARRAARRAARRAPIE(OP)
Secondary EducationDICACDICACDICACDICACDICAC
Tertiary EducationARRAARRAARRAARRAARRA
Non-Formal, Adult EducationNRCNRCNRCNRCNRC
School FeedingARRAARRAARRAARRAARRA
Primary Health CareARRAARRAARRAARRAARRA
HIV/AIDS / Reproductive (Community and Facility Based)ARRA IRCARRA IRCARRA IRCARRA IRCARRA IRC
Psychosocial and mental Health Support (Facility based)ARRAARRAARRAARRAARRA
Psychosocial and mental Health Support (Community based)RaDOHI(FHI)RaDORaDOFHI(HI)
Nutrition (OTP,SFP, BFP and SC)ARRAARRAARRAARRAARRA
WaterIRCIRCIRCIRCIRC/UNICEF
Sanitation and hygiene promotionIRCIRCIRCIRCIRC
ShelterANEANEANEANEANE
Road Construction and  MaintenanceANEANEANEANEANE
Environmental Protection & RehabilitationNRDEP NRDEPNRDEP                   NRDEPNRDEP
EnergyANE CISPANEANEANE CISPANE
Provision of Core Relief ItemUNHCRUNHCRUNHCRUNHCRUNHCR
Core Relief Item DistributionARRAARRAARRAARRAARRA
Provision of FoodUNWFPUNWFPUNWFPUNWFPUNWFP
General Food DistributionARRAARRAARRAARRAARRA
Camp ManagementARRAARRAARRAARRAARRA
Vocational Skill Training including Technical vocational education and training (TVET)  NRCNRCNRC
Agriculture   GNE 
Livestock   GNE 
Microfinance and small enterprises including Cash Based Intervention   GNE 

The Role and Responsibilities of ARRA

Camp management

  • Provision of legal assistance for PoC
  • Maintaining camp security
  • Monitoring and coordination

Health and Nutrition Services                                                                                                                      

  • Provision of primary health care services                                                             
  • Provision of preventive and community based health care                              
  • Provision of institutional based RH and HIV services                                         
  • Provision medical referral services                                                                       
  • Capacity building/development on reproductive and HIV services                 
  • Implementation and  monitoring of supplementary feeding  programme       
  • Provision of  and monitoring of complementary food supplements   

Education                                                                                                                                                   

  • Provision of primary education 
  • Number of primary school students under ARRA primary schools are:
  • Provision of food for school meals 

CRI                                                                                                                                  

  • Distribution of CRIs e.g. Sleeping mats, jerry cans, buckets,

K. sets, blankets, and sanitary materials                                                             

Food and Cash Distribution  

  • Food  and cash distribution on monthly basis

Gaps, challenges and unmet needs

  • Registration, Legal Assistance and Vital Events
  • Lack of full time staff to register VER leading to interruption or delay of services
  • Primary Health Care Service
  • Unprecedented effects of COVID-19 presented with pressure in the health care system as well as brought shortages in the supply chain of drugs and medical equipment’s
  • Irregularities and stock out of essential drugs, despite availability of adequate drugs at CO
  • Inpatient services need strengthening to ensure patient safety and dignity,
  • Primary and Secondary Education
  • Inadequate classroom to provide and continue education in COVID friendly manner
  • Temporary classrooms constructed to ensure access for education are affecting quality of education in Tongo and Tsore, it became a couse for the spread of Jigger flees
  • Quality of incentive teachers negatively impacted the teaching learning services in all camps,
  • Absence of qualified librarian in all ARRA Schools,
  • Lack of enough Text Books and school uniforms are compromising the quality of education provided to POC,
  • Lack of adequate support for Secondary School Education
  • Energy, Shelter and Livelihoods
  • Lack of Alternative Energy Options
  • Inadequate funding for Environmental conservation and rehabilitation Activities
  • Less joint projects creating host and refugee community livelihood opportunities
  • Most of the shelters constructed in the operation are two old and need maintenance and reconstruction