Vision, Mission and Core Values

Company Overview


  • Shared vision:Envisions prosperous society in Ethiopia
  • ORDA Ethiopia Vision:to become dependable development partner and facilitator of change in Ethiopia.


  • Empowering communities and their institutions to achieve livelihoods and environmental security in Ethiopia

Organizational Goal
Contributing for the overall efforts of ensuring food, livelihood and environmental security that realizes sustainable development and social transformation in Ethiopia.

Transformation through collaboration

Core Values

Respect and dedication to the people, integrity, endurance, transparency and accountability, inclusiveness and professionalism

Identity: ORDA Ethiopia  is ORDA Ethiopia
         O= Optimistic
         R= Reliable
         D= Dynamic 
         A= Accountable 

General Information

ORDA Ethiopia 
In response to the sever rural poverty aggravated by the 1984 persistent drought, civil war, economic mismanagement and above all the political contention of the “Derg” regime, ORDA Ethiopia was founded in February 1984 as Ethiopian Relief Organization (ERO). ORDA Ethiopia legally registered as local NGO in Ethiopian relief and rehabilitation commission 1991 and in 1999 by the federal Ministry of Justice (MOJ). Accordingly to the new Charities and Societies Legislation; it is re-registered by MOJ Charities and Societies Agency as Ethiopian Residents Charity under license number 0607. 
Before the downfall of the Derg regime, in 1991, it collected considerable cash and drug from donors and distributed it in terms of liquid money so that they can buy some food from the nearby market and eat. The reason behind this liquid money distribution was the peace situation and inaccessibility of the area. On the other side, the organization was doing its job using committed and small groups of personnel due to lack of banking system in the intervention areas. 
After the downfall of the Derg regime in 1991, the internal situation was stable and enabling for NGOs to operate. ERO then extended its relief and agricultural rehabilitation portfolio to include repatriation of Ethiopian returnees from the Sudan and resettlement of internally displaced people. Since 1993, it embarked on development interventions and implemented integrated food security and rural development projects in Ibnat, Belessa, Sekota and Metema woredas. However, it was not guided by a strategic plan until 1997. ORDA Ethiopia undertook the first five-year strategic plan (1997-2003) during the second General Assembly held in April 1997 in Bahir Dar, and it was during this general assembly that the name ERO changed to ORDA Ethiopia. 
This strategic plan defined ORDA Ethiopia priority to focus on natural resource protection, agricultural development, rural water supply and access road construction; emergency food aid and other related interventions to be taken up only when necessary. During this period, ORDA Ethiopia implemented seven Food Security and Integrated Rural Development Projects in Sekota, Ibnat, Belesssa, Wadla, Tach Gayint, Lay Gayint, Gublafto and Gidan woredas.
The second strategic plan (2004-2008), refined the priorities set earlier and restructured the organization accordingly, under four technical programs: Environmental Rehabilitation and Agricultural Development, Forest Resources Development, Water Resources Development and Disaster & Relief Programs, with six supporting units. This strategic period is a period characterized by enormous change where ORDA Ethiopia has reached to its highest visibility among the public, government, donors and partners mainly because of the foot print recognized at the grass roots level.
This trend has continued during the third strategic plan, with expanded area coverage, budget size, and diversified interventions from year to year. For instance, during the final year of the strategic period (2013), ORDA Ethiopia managed to implement 78 diversified projects in 63 Woredas in partnership with 32 funding partners and deployment of 973 (27% females) human capital. In the last 5 years (2009-2013) ORDA Ethiopia reached 3.5 million people in 80 Woredas of the region with Ethiopian Birr 1,592,572,702 (1,040,914,597 cash and 551,658,105 Birr estimated food commodity). 
During the last 30 years of dedicated service through its Relief, Rehabilitation and Development interventions, ORDA Ethiopia emerged as dependable development partner that continued attracting donors, win credibility of the government and reputation of the local community. 
• The 4th SPM will focuses on the existing three thematic focus areas and one more upgraded focus which are: natural resources development, water resources development, food security & agricultural development, and rural diversification with special focus on women and youth employment. While doing so, the 4th SPM will give due attention to program quality, graduation and cluster approach, for the different interventions. 

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