About us

It has been 22 years ever since Ethiopian Muslims Relief and Development Association (EMRDA) was established and registered by Ministry of Justice as Non Governmental Organization (NGO) and actively participating in development activities and contributing to the general well being of its citizen. In the best regard of contributing to different developmental objectives and abiding by the national policy, EMRDA was re-registered as Ethiopian Residence Association with Registration No 0194 in October 2009.

Starting from its inception, EMRDA has been engaged in promoting Basic Formal and Non formal education, reproductive health, HIV& AIDS, small scheme water development, Vocational and skill trainings, civic education, OVC care and support, child labor reduction, empowering women, CBOs capacity building, relief for emergency by mobilizing resources from international NGOs, philanthropies and other charitable organizations both from in and out of the country.

EMRDA operates amongst the poor community by designing strategic plan and different controlling mechanisms. As guiding tool of the organization, three consecutive strategic plan documents were developed and used by the organization from its very inception. On top of these, different manuals and formats have been prepared to assist the implementation of the projects. As a result, EMRDA remained one of the few successful NGOs that promoted and applied standardized techniques of project formulation and management system.

EMRDA has provided service to an estimated of 9 million needy, vulnerable & ostracized groups of the community have been benefited directly and indirectly, respectively, from its intervention in various development activities in 8 regional states and 80 Woredas of the country (Amhara, Afar, Oromia,Tgriy Harare, Dire Dawa, SNNPR and Addis Ababa) and has been successfully recording measurable results that go beyond counting mere life span. To this end, EMRDA has been harvested immense witnesses from local community, government signatories, and donor agencies in all areas of its operation.

Organizational vision

  • Seeing Developed and Transformed Society


  • To bring sustainable development by creating educated, healthy and empowered society by improve environmental protection and food security in the country through inclusive and participatory approaches.

EMRDA Strategic Objectives (Specific to 5th phase SPM a period from 2016-2020)

  • To contribute to the notional effort of ensuring access to basic education, skill training and improving quality of formal education.
  • To contribute to the notional effort of improving public health service to all
  • To contribute to the notional effort of improving the socio-economic wellbeing of less privileged community, environmental protection and food security;
  • To build EMRDA’s institutional capacity(personnel, management & leadership)
  • To ensure organizational Strengthen and programmatic sustainability of EMRDA;

Targeted Community; EMRDA priorities the following community members

  • Poor and illiterate women living in marginalized areas of the country
  • Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and OVC guardians, children who were denied access to basic need of life and children belonging to destitute families
  • Unemployed youth with potential of changing their lives
  • People living with HIV/AIDS and affected by its impact;
  • Community members in the marginal areas that experience socio economic problems

The geographical coverage, the priorities are given based on the following major points

  • Regions where the resident or the community are in desperate need of our intervention
  • Rural segments of target regions
  • Pastoralist and agro-pastoralist regions;
  • Areas with poor infrastructure;
  • Urban with slam and unaddressed development issues;
  • Relatively remote areas(from the capital city and from infrastructure)

Intervention area

  • Basic formal and informal education
  • Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) care and support
  • Vocational and skills training
  • Reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) capacity building
  • Small scale water development
  • Disaster and emergency relief /Humanitarian Aid