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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, Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA) was founded in February 1984 as Ethiopian Relief Organization (ERO). ORDA 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 Ebinat, Belessa, Sekota and Metema woredas. However, it was not guided by a strategic plan until 1997. ORDA 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.

This strategic plan defined ORDA’s 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 implemented seven Food Security and Integrated Rural Development Projects in Sekota, Ebinat, Belesssa, Wadla, TachGayint, Lay Gayint, Gublafto and Gidan woredas.

The second strategic plan (2004-2008), refined the priorities set earlier and restructured the organization accordingly, under five technical programs: Agricultural Development and Environmental protection, Forest Resources Development, Water Resources Development, Capacity Building & Community Development and Disaster prevention& Relief Programs, with six supporting units. This strategic period is a period characterized by enormous change where ORDA 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.

The third strategic plan (2009-2013) focused in three programmatic areas namely Natural resource development, water resource development, and food security & agriculture programs with mainstreaming of gender and HIV/AIDS in all programs with expanded area coverage, budget size, and diversified interventions. During the final year of the strategic period (2013), ORDA 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 strategic period, ORDA reached 3.5 million people in 80 Woredas of the region with Ethiopian Birr 1,592,572,702(1,040,914,597cash and Eth birr 551,658,105 estimated food commodity).

After the completion of the third strategic plan, the organization had designed the fourth strategic plan (2014-2018) and implemented for the last two years (2014-2015). In the mean time, the country has developed the second growth and transformation (GTP-2) from 2015/16 to 2019/2020.  In order to align fourth SPM with government GTP-2, ORDA has revised its fourth strategic plan that will be implemented from 2016-2020. 

 ORDA strives to realize its mission through:

    •  Promotion of sustainable use and development of natural resources to ensure environmental security and diversify livelihood opportunities for poor communities and households.
    • Enhancing potable water supply and promotion of hygiene and sanitation to contribute to the creation of healthy communities and active working force.
    • Promotion of appropriate irrigation schemes with the aim of increasing crop productivity and production to contribute to food and nutrition security.
    • Promotion of improved agricultural technologies and practices to boost production and productivity so as to contribute to sustainable livelihood. 
    • Diversification of on-farm, off-farm and non-farm livelihoods for landless and unemployed women and youth to create reliable source of income.
    • In all the above mentioned interventions Mainstream gender, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, youth, climate change, persons with disability and disaster risks reduction.

ORDA Governance and Structure

ORDA is constituency based organization from which its General Assembly is formulated. Its second highest governing body, elected by the General Assembly (GA) for four years term is the Board of Directors, Which in turn it assigns the executive and deputy directors. The board of directors oversees the implementation of organizational strategies and plans and provides overall guidance to the management of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the organization, to assign project managers in competitive base in consultation with the management of the organization and he/she is accountable to the board of directors.

The management committee of ORDA is composed of the executive director, the deputy directors, program directors, program managers, coordination and service managers. The management of the organization oversees the implementation of programs and projects, and motivates staffs for better performance.

Major areas of Programs

    • Environment and Forest Development Program
    • Agriculture and Disaster Risk Reduction Program
    • WASH and Irrigation Program
    • Youth Enterprise Development Program
    • Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Program 

 Annual Budget

 In 2016, the organization has a budget close to 1 billion birr including emergency cases due to the El Nino factor that severely affected many areas. 

      • In 2013, ORDA mobilized resources amounting to over 600 million Birr including food commodites;
      • In 2011, the annual budget utilization have reached to 364.3 million Birr or $21.2 million USD;
      • In 2004, its annual budget utilization was 36.5 million Birr;
      • The annual budget increased from 21.77 million in 1997 to 54.7 million in 2003.

Intervention Districts

In 2016, ORDA is implementing integrated sustainable development programs over 60 woredas addressing over 1.7 million people.

      • In 2013, ORDA extended its projects over 63 woredas including Bahir Dar city and reaching 1.3 million people.
      • In 2012, ORDA's projects, which would benefit 1.6 million people, have intervened in 64 districts.
      • In 2011, this number reached at 80 that benefit more than 3.5 million people.
      • In 2004, its operational areas were limited in eight districts

Partnership Development 


In 2016/2017, ORDA works with 46 funding organizations.

      • From 1992 to 2012, a total of funding partners collaborating with ORDA is about 44.
      • In 2012, the number of active funding organizations has reached at 30.
      • In 2011, the number of active funding organizations was 26.
      • In 2004, the number of funding organizations which supported ORDA was only seven;

Project Coordination Offices

 In 2016 & 2017, the organization has been implementing over 89 projects of development.

      • ORDA has about seven Zonal Coordination Offices and In 2013, ORDA implemented 78 development projects (31 water and 47 various other projects) funded by 32 funding partners at grassroots or district level.

Human Resource

      • Currently, ORDA's total number of employees is 958  (237  female), out of which 273 (49 female) are working at Head Office (Bahir Dar), 685 (188 female) at project and zonal coordination offices, and 12 at Resource Mobilization & Liaison Office (Addis Ababa).
      • Technical staff 319 (79 are females) and
      • Supportive & administrative staff are 436 (136 are females).
      • Regarding to staff academic background, 2(male) staffs have Doctorate Degree, 38 (2 female) have second Degree, 226 (41 female) have first degree, 489 have Diploma, complete and under.

Networking (Affiliations)

ORDA is a member and founding member of most network organizations of the following operating in the country; (interested being the member of the following forums/associations:

    • Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA), (under CCRDA there are, Rural Development Forum (RDF), WASH Forum which ORDA is participating)
    • Ethiopian Nile Basin Dialogue Forum (EtNBDF),
    • Sustainable Land Use Forum (SLUF),
    • Poverty Action Network in Ethiopia (PANE) and
    • Consortium for Integration of Population Health Environment (CIPHE)
    • Association for Combating Desertification (ACD)
    • Population, Health and Environment (PHE),
    • Different regional forums and networks (HIV and Reproductive Health, Food Security, Environment and Gender forums)
    • International and National awards
    • International: Agro Action

Awards of ORDA



Head Office

            P.O.Box 132

            Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Tel:    +251 (58) 2264376

          +251 (58) 2221557

Fax:   +251 (58) 2200987

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