Future direction and priorities

To make HEfDA a vibrant Civil Society Organization which plays a catalytic role in community
To support the efforts of communities to alleviate poverty, ensure their human and civil rights and be self-reliant
To encourage and support the marginalized and least privileged individuals and groups (persons with disability, children, girls and women under difficult situation) to actively participate and benefit from the social and development of the region.
To ensure transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness (result-oriented) in the organization
The following will be the program priorities of HEfDA
1 Social and economic empowerment of Women organize women in self-help groups and
cooperatives, skills training, income generating activities, cooperative promotion, bookkeeping
sexual and reproductive health, prevention and mitigation of gender based violence
2 Child safeguarding abolish FGM, safeguarding/protection from abuse, violence and
exploitation, child marriage, rehabilitation and education for children with disabilities,
3 Support Girls Education prevent and mitigate gender based violence, enhance participation
in education and academic performance in education, school based water and sanitation
4 Youth (holistic) development life skills development (leadership, adolescent sexuality,
reproductive health) and vocational skills development, entrepreneurship income generating
activities, economic empowerment
5 Disability inclusion comprehensive community based rehabilitation, medical treatment,
provision of assistive devices and mobility appliances skills training for employability, social and
economic empowerment
6 Natural Resources Management (NRM) tree planting, conservation agriculture, organic farming,
alternative energy options
7 Water development – spring development, roof water harvesting,
8 Rights based development approach awareness raising on basic of human and civil rights,
promotion of goof governance, environmental, social and economic justice, advocacy and lobbying
for gender equality, disability inclusion
9 Harmee Skills Training College – formal, informal and short-term vocational training, internship
program, staff capacity development, support to HEfDA projects, seeds/seedling production,
alternative energy sources, conservation based agriculture, livestock production, dairy products
processing, value adding, collaboration with Arssi UniversityTo ensure transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness (result-oriented) in the organization
HEfDA follows the principle of “reaching unreached areas” and focus on address issues least addressed.
The current projects in Munessa, Akai and Heban Arssi districts will continue according to their plan
The priorities in the three districts will be:
Munessa district - Integrated NRM, women empowerment, comprehensive rehabilitation of persons with disabilities
Akaki district – break socio-cultural and attitudinal barriers to reduce FGM, strengthen women focused Self Help Groups (SHGs) and collaboration with WfWSDA on girls educationTo ensure transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness (result-oriented) in the organization
Heban Arssi –comprehensive support to Girls Education - improve participation, reduce dropout, improve education quality, create conducive environment for education (reduce HPs, GBV), socio-economicm empowerment of women, reproductive health/family planning, reduce FGM, natural resources management,
Future focus area
a) during the five year strategic plan.- Selected districts in Arssi, West Arssi, East Shewa and Finfinne Zuria Oromia special zone.
b) Selection of the new areas will be based on the nature and magnitude of the problems, priorities of the communities and availability of resources.
The strategic plan will guide the operation of the organization. The content of the projects will be guided by the strategic options/actions under each priority intervention areas.
The organizational systems and capacity will be improved to effectively implement the strategic plan. The organizational systems will be reviewed and the capacity of staff, at all levels, will be enhanced to effectively respond to the emerging needs of the communities.
The practical implementation of the strategic plan will be reflected through improved quality of the projects and improved organizational systems and capacity The progress of the strategic plan implementation will be monitored through periodic organizational capacity assessment.
Key Performance Indicators of the strategic plan
The following three broad indicators are chosen to monitor the befits of the strategic plan
 Progress towards the intended results - The changes in the quality (scale, scope, coverage,
efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability) of the projects.
Improved social and development of the communities reached through the projects of HEfDA
The views/satisfaction of the beneficiary communities in terms of meeting their needs and
Changes in the organizational capacity and internal processes/systems– competence of the human
resources, financial resources, technology, working culture that are key to achieve higher
The changes will be assessed through on-going technical and organizational capacity assessment
Revision of the Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan is flexible to respond to the changing internal and external conditions. The internal needsm and external factors (economic, social, cultural, political, technological, environmental, etc.) are dynamic and changing. These changes may necessitate revisions of the strategic plan
The strategic plan is viewed as a living document with new information enriching its content and guiding its implementation in the years ahead