Ethiopia—Strengthening Host and Refugee Populations (SHARPE)

Client: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Duration: 2019-2022

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Ethiopia

Solutions: Fragile States

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is providing funding to strengthen the economies of host and refugee populations in three regions in Ethiopia; Dolo, Gambella, and Jijiga. The SHARPE programme works to increase economic opportunities and support livelihoods in these regions.

Through the innovative use of an adapted market systems development approach, SHARPE works to inclusively and sustainably empower refugees and host communities to become more economically resilient.

SHARPE promotes increased refugee self-reliance and generate economic opportunities for host communities through the piloting and scaling of interventions across seven sectors: crops, livestock, fish, wood, labour, aid, and access to finance. This approach is based upon understanding the economic barriers that refugee and host communities face, and working with key stakeholders—including businesses, government, and service providers—to make markets work for SHARPE’s target communities.

SHARPE also serves as a learning platform to the wider international and Ethiopian development community to share lessons in the application of systemic approaches in humanitarian settings. SHARPE expects to benefit 200,000 people in the target populations, helping them realise increases in incomes, employment, or expand access to assets through private sector-driven changes.

Sample Activities

  • Test agricultural input supplier interest in expanding distribution to target areas.
  • Explore supply of input, cultivation technology, and markets for backyard gardening.
  • Expand access to good quality seedlings to increase farmers’ yields and incomes.
  • Develop joint village savings and loans associations to improve access to finance for both refugees and host communities.


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