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Organisation for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA)

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, Organisation for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA) was founded in February 1984 as Ethiopian Relief Organisation (ERO). ORDA legally registered as local NGO in 1991 by Ethiopian relief and rehabilitation commission and again in 1999 by the federal Ministry of Justice (MOJ). According 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.

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 organisation 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 Metemaworedas. 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.


independently verified agains the CHS

Organisation for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA), independently verified for its humanitarian and development mandates since 2019.


ORDA latest audit reports

Initial audit 2019

summary report 2019-01

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