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Strategy Core Value and Principles

Our Strategy:

  • RIRA strives to improve the quality of life of the pastoralists and rural poor by strengthening and diversifying their existing livelihood, initiate new activities to diversify and increase their income 
  • To develop community owned and managed institutions to sustain the livelihood activities 
  • To develop well trained and highly capable local service providers to provide timely support to the members
  • To develop community based models for natural resource management in order to protect and use the resources for sustainable development
  • To work in collaboration with the government and the industry along with non-government domestic and international development organizations

Core Value and Principles

In realizing its established vision and mission, the organization places hallowed respect for, and desires its operation to be guided by the following core values and principles:-
  • RIRA strongly believes in community-based programs that improve the quality of lives of the pastoralist agro pastoralists.
  • RIRA believes in collaboration with other actors in the development arena to ensure sustainable livelihood.
  • The organization believes in facilitation and championing wellbeing of pastoralist and agro-pastoralists.
  • RIRA believes in transparency, accountability, proper management, integrity, efficiency, team spirit and prudent utilization of available resources for the ultimate benefit of the intended beneficiaries.
  • The organization values every individual’s potential despite gender and ability parities.

Mission Vision and Objectives

Hence Rift valley Initiative for Rural Advancement (RIRA) is an Oromiya-inspired, Ethiopian Resident Charity organization established with the following vision and mission:

Our Vision:

Rural Community transformed with improved social and economic wellbeing and betterment.
Mission statement:
To improve rural (pastoral and agro pastoral) community livelihoods through better utilization of resources to improve economic, social services and environment management. 

Broad Objectives

The overall objective of the organization shall be to contribute toward rural poverty reduction through enhancing the food security of pastoral and agro pastoral community and strengthen local capacities initiative by working in partnership with community groups in collaboration with respective local government departments in the field of participatory development.

Our Specific Objective is:

  1. To foster community based grassroots sustainable livelihoods development through promoting Livelihoods diversification and household income of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities
  2. To address accelerated land degradation through community based nursery development, tree planting, conservation, and enhancing rangeland management practices
  3. Campaigning against environmentally destructive practices such as illegal charcoal production and illegal deforestation
  4. To support and enhance functional adult literacy education and non formal education program for holistic development.
  5. To provide capacity building support and training to community based animal health worker and community based organization
  6. To work on various issues like HIV/AIDS prevention, Environment and Climate change.
  7. To undertake evidence based research on various development themes...
In furtherance of this objectives, the organization shall;-
  • Take participation as a cardinal principle of operation in the identification, prioritization and implementation of the projects.
  • Solicit local and external funding to support projects identified in the grassroots level.
  • Organize training workshops on identified subjects and implement the prudent policies
  • Establish and maintain contact with both local and International stakeholders.
  • Conduct consultancies on the set programs, research and then disseminate findings and operational experiences gained for the benefit of other interested bodies by organizing conferences and publications.
  • Maintain strict adherence to Humanitarian and non-profit making status, thus assets shall only be used to further the stated objective of the organization.


The Rift-valley Initiative for Rural Advancement (RIRA) a non for profit, non- political, non-religious, and Ethiopian residence charity organization was ideally established in 2009 and legally registered under Charity and Societies Act 621 of 2009 with certificate number 1427 and renewed its certificate every 3 years hence currently renewed until April/2020. Further RIRA is registered under Federal Income Tax Act 1999 with Tax Identification Number (TIN) 0026170323.

The Rift Valley Initiative for Rural Advancement (RIRA) is an Oromia inspired Ethiopian resident charity organization working with the grassroots pastoralist and agro-pastoralist community toward improvement of their livelihoods and foods security, promotion environmental protection and conservation, fostering functional and non-formal basic adult education, community based animal health services and rural water supply development. Hence RIRA is aspires to improve the living conditions of the poor and marginalized pastoralist and agro-pastoralist rural communities by adopting strategies through community initiative, participation, capacity building and sensitization. Founded in 2009 by Mr Abdi Ahmed and his friends, the organization has worked among backward communities in the interior unreached pockets of Fantale district of East Showa zone and west hararge pastoralist district, identified as one of the most under developed areas in Oromia Region.
RIRA governance structure has a hierarchy of General Assembly, the Board of Directors, and the Secretariat at head office and Field Project offices at Methara, East Showa zone Oromia regional state. The General Assembly is the highest collective and legislative body, which consists of founding members, board members, influential personality including community leader, women activist, researchers and development practitioners. The general assembly would meets once in a year to review the policy of the organization, approve annual plan with budget and also to make the highest decision of the organization. The Board of Directors elected by the General Assembly for two years of terms to serve voluntarily on an unpaid capacity to execute policies and oversee the management of the organization. The board of director would meets on quarterly bases to review program and project progress, quarterly plan and budget performance etc. The secretariat members are the Executive Director and staffs at the Head Office and project coordinators, Field Project Officers and the mainstream staffs of the organization.