Save the Children Announces Passing of Former Country Director and Friend of Ethiopia, John Graham

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Save the Children in Ethiopia today on 26th May 2018 announces, with great sadness the death of its former Country Director and longtime friend of Ethiopia, John Graham. 

Graham spent about 11 years with Save the Children and nine years with USAID in Ethiopia. Among many things, he led Save the Children when supporting remarkable projects such as the Alternative Basic Education program, the redevelopment of the Early Warning System for Ethiopia based on the Household Economy Approach to avert the effect of terrible tragedies during droughts.  Graham also contributed to large pilot programs that related to the Productive Safety Net program, which, in 2003 was adopted and expanded to cover over 8 million beneficiaries and wrote two popular travel books on Ethiopia.

John Graham

Ekin Ogutogullari, Country Director for Save the Children in Ethiopia, commented, “We are greatly saddened by John’s passing. Save the Children and Ethiopia are indebted to John for his strong leadership, boundless energy, dedication, and significant contribution to the children of Ethiopia for over 20 years. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time”

Save the Children has organized a memorial event to celebrate the life of John Graham at its Addis Abeba offices on Friday June 1 at 10:00AM.