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Scottish Government funding 

Scottish Government HEF support has provided shelter, food and farming equipment to people in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Lebanon and South Sudan.

The Scottish Government allocates £1 million annually, via a panel of humanitarian-focused charities, to respond quickly to global crises.

South Omo, Ethiopia

As world leaders discuss loss and damage at the critical United Nations climate talks in Dubai (COP28), Christian Aid has been awarded £250,000 by the Scottish Government to address the impacts of loss and damage in Dasenech, South Omo in southern Ethiopia.

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More flooding has hit Dasenech following heavy rains Credit: South Omo Disaster Risk Management Office
Dasenech flooding
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During the rainy season the river levels rise, meaning access to the community at Lul is more challenging. Pictured are Christian Aid staff and partner ADA attempting the river crossing on foot. Sylvester Koraba / Christian Aid Credit: Sylvester Koraba / Christian Aid
Christian Aid staff and partner ADA attempting the river crossing on foot

South Sudan

As South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, marks another year of independence the country continues to face multiple humanitarian challenges.

These include sporadic inter-communal conflict and climate shocks, forcing communities from their homes and increasing levels of food insecurity.  In addition, fierce fighting in neighbouring Sudan which started in April, has forced over 150,000 people to cross the border, swelling the population of many towns and villages in the north of South Sudan.


Christian Aid has been awarded £250,000 from the Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund for a project in Ukraine which will allow people to plant vegetable seeds this Spring and will also fund repairs to homes damaged by missile strikes and help to rebuild water wells in 15 villages in Kherson and Mykolaiv Oblasts. 

Christian Aid is working with Blythswood Care to deliver the work, through local partner Heritage Ukraine.  Restoring food and water supplies were priority needs identified by the communities themselves.

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A damaged building in eastern Ukraine Credit: Christian Aid
Collapsed building and a pile of rubble in Ukraine
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Fields of a failed maize crop, stunted due to lack of rain in South Omo, Ethiopia Credit: Netsanet Feleke/ Christian Aid
A picture showing dried maize crops in Ethiopia


In July 2022, as East Africa experiences its worst drought in 40 years, the Scottish Government announced it would release £250,000 from its humanitarian emergency fund. Christian Aid received £125,00 of this funding to support those most vulnerable in South Omo, southern Ethiopia.


Economic collapse compounded the devastating impacts of a changing government, Covid and drought in Afghanistan in 2021. The Scottish Government responded generously through the Humanitarian Emergency Fund and the Disasters Emergency Committee so that our partners could provide urgent food and hygiene packs.

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Afghan women and children, fleeing from conflict, are living in temporary shelters. Credit: Christian Aid
Afghanistani woman with her child
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Asunta’s farm flooded, causing destruction of her crops Credit: Silvano Yokwe/Christian Aid
A woman standing in a flooded farmland in South Sudan

South Sudan

In 2021, communities in Unity State were displaced from their homes due to climate change, conflict and Covid-19. We provided food packages and farm equipment to the worst affected households, thanks to HEF funding.

Further information

For more information about our programmatic work with the Scottish Government, contact Pamela Woodburn at