Executive Director’s Message
It is an honor and privilege to address my message to our esteemed website visitors of our beloved organization and using this opportunity I would like to congratulate the Public, Private & Third Sector Actors for the successful completion of GTP ONE. For more than 31 years, the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA) has dedicated itself to tackling the root causes of poverty and communities vulnerability to human made and natural disasters through undertaking integrated sustainable livelihood transformation and environmental protection interventions.
Currently ORDA is implementing integrated sustainable livelihood development programs in 60 woredas to address the economic and social problems of more than 1.69 million people. ORDA has four pillar programs coined as Natural resource; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and Irrigation; Food security & Agriculture; and Youth employment generation programs. Also, the programs critically mainstreams cross cutting themes (Gender, HIV/AIDS, DRR, CCA, etc). The major undertakings of the four programming tracks included integrated watershed management, afforestation, biodiversity conservation, alternative energy sources, clean water supply and sanitation & hygiene, small scale irrigation, field crops and livestock productivity improvement, horticulture development, value chain & market development, on-farm and non/off-farm income generating activities, nutrition and introducing/disseminating appropriate productive technologies to smallholder farmers.
Over the last two years (2014/15/16), I have led an effort at ORDA to reorganize the institution to accomplish our three strategic themes: achieve climate smart sustainable livelihood; strategic partnership; and operational excellence.
The first strategic theme is ambitious, and it reflects the tremendous progress we have made over the last 18 years, where ORDA made a paradigm shift from relief assistance to development interventions. Natural resource development being ORDA’s traditional engagement, it contributed 8% to the plantation forest coverage of the region; also ORDA received the First class National Green Award in 2007 for the excellence performance it made. Contributed 18% of potable water supply coverage in the region, also received the National Award in 2009; it has also constructed over 202 modern irrigation schemes which can irrigate over 14,201 ha of land, reaching around 70,000 households, which contributed to 5% of the modern irrigation area coverage in the region and to the promotion of climate resilient agriculture. The food security and agriculture development program introduced and promoted improved crop, horticulture and livestock species, marketing and IGA’s options, currently addressing half a million people, which accounts for 20% of the 2.5 million food insecure population of the region. Through the mechanism of on/non/off – farm activities 6,000 paid jobs created for the youth in rural areas.
The second goal - Strategic Partnership – focuses on sustainable resource mobilization and utilization. In this regard, during the last one & half years (2014/15) strategic plan period, we have mobilized an annual average income of 650 million Birr. Currently, ORDA works with 29 partners implementing 56 various projects in 60 woredas.
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