HIDO aspires to see healthy and self-reliant society in Ethiopia.


HIDO's mission is to build the capacity, confidence and efficacy of marginalized and vulnerable sections of the society mainly vulnerable women and children through participatory and inclusive health, education, human rights, and livelihood program interventions to achieve immediate as well as lasting impact in their lives.


  • Equity

  • Mutual Respect

  • Empathy

  • Transparency

  • Integrity

  • Accountability

  • Team Work/Spirit

  • Inclusiveness

  • Volunteerism

Strategic Goals and Objectives

Overall Organizational Goal

To improve the living conditions of target groups and communities through tackling poverty and addressing their socio-economic, educational, and health needs thereby contribute to their own development as well as the development of the nation.

Strategic Goal 1: To ensure the proper development and wellbeing of children and youth through integrated and inclusive services 

  • To ensure access to critical basic support services (7+1 Support Services) for Orphans and Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) based on the national OVC/HVC service standard

  • To employ effective and efficient child focused, family centered, age appropriate, and inclusive OVC care and support management system

  • To enhance the capability of communities for coordinated and improved   responsiveness towards OVC care and support

  • To reduce incidences of Child Abuse, Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs) in the target communities through awareness creation and referral linkage

  • To equip children and youth with the right social and financial skills

  • To create employment opportunities for unemployed and/or under employed youth (either through self-employment or wage employment) 

Strategic Goal 2: To contribute to the national goal of tackling health problems, preventing HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases and improving the health status of chronically ill patients through providing integrated health care services.                 

  • To improve Youth’s access to youth friendly SRH services through awareness raising and integrated SRH service provision by 2025.

  • To reduce the risk of HIV infection among Most at Risk Populations (MARPs) through provision of integrated HIV/AIDS services by 2025.

  • To educate the community on nutrition and its impact on child development in particular through grass root community mobilization endeavors. 

  • To work with relevant partners in the fight against COVID 19 to prevent its expansion and prevent its impact among vulnerable communities in HIDO’s operational areas and beyond

  • To enable PLHIV lead healthier and longer life through achieving ART adherence excellence and viral load suppression by 2025.

  • To enable pregnant women access quality anti-natal care, safe delivery, post-natal care, and PMTCT services i.e. support provision of and access to MNCH services by 2025. 

  • To build the capacity of health care workers and health facilities through technical, material, and financial supports

  • To strengthen referral and linkage with health facilities and health care service providers

  • To improve target communities’ hygiene and sanitation through awareness creation and affordable interventions such as provision of water treatment tables, construction of communal WASH facilities etc…

Strategic Goal 3: To improve the livelihood of unemployed youth and women through viable livelihood and economic strengthening interventions

  • To equip unemployed youth and women with viable and marketable business, entrepreneurial, and vocational skills

  • To support unemployed youth and women to start and successfully manage their own micro and small businesses

  • To enhance the capacity of youth and women who are running their own micro and small businesses through ongoing follow up and technical support

  • To  support youth and women to establish and join village level saving and credit self-help groups

  • To work with GOs, NGOs, Micro Finance Institutions, and the private sector to support unemployed youth and women in getting employment opportunities, access to finance, business and entrepreneurship skill trainings, access to working premises and market linkage

Strategic Goal 4: To ensure vulnerable children and youth in the target areas have access to basic education to support them build better future by 2025.

  • To support and strengthen existing Early Childhood Care and Education [ECCE] centers

  • To ensure vulnerable children and youth continue their education

  • To support vulnerable children, youth, and community members engage in informal education in a manner that supports their day to day livelihoods and improve their literacy and numeracy skills. 

  • To avail and/or support Alternative Basic Education [ABE] for children, youth, and vulnerable community members to contribute to the effort of illiteracy reduction in the target areas by 2025.

  • To support government owned schools in the intervention areas to fulfill basic standards and requirements including skill training for teachers and other school communities by 2025.

Strategic Goal 5: To contribute to the protection of human rights, gender equality, social inclusion and support good governance efforts of concerned bodies [government, local community and CSOs] in the intervention areas and beyond.

  • To build the capacity of first line government structures on the concepts and practices of human rights and good governance issues through capacity building trainings.

  • To lobby and advocate for ensuring human rights are protected and basic human rights conventions endorsed by the country is adhered to at all level; particularly at the operational level.

  • To sensitize the community on basic human rights concepts and principles so as to enable community members demand /seek it from concerned bodies.

  • To design and lead initiatives that promote human rights and good governance to show how the issues are linked with growth and community development.

  • To mobilize the community on gender equality and social inclusion issues through community events and dialogue sessions to create the necessary awareness.

  • To build the capacity of the community leaders on gender sensitivity and social inclusion to enable them become change agents in their community in terms of achieving gender equality and social inclusion. 

  • To support schools, and facilities that provide health and social services to be accessible for persons with disability through fulfilling the necessary disability accessibility requirements.

  • To support community based structures in the intervention areas to work on gender equality and social inclusion issues to ensure community ownership and sustainability of similar initiatives.

Strategic Goal 6: To Systematize and Enhance Institutional Capacity of HIDO in Resource Mobilization and engaging the private sector to support HIDO’s cause.

  • To secure sustainable financial resources to attain HIDO’s mission through building staff capacity on strategies of resource mobilization.

  • To ensure down up approach in resource mobilization /from need assessment to project planning/appraisal

  • To diversify HIDO’s resource base and reduce dependency on traditional donors through time

  • To diversify donors and maintain good relationship with the existing ones.

  • To engage on institutional IGAs to ensure lasting source of finance for HIDO’s cause.

  • To ensure efficiency in financial and material resource utilization at organizational level.

  • To provide continuous training of program personnel and resource mobilization focal unit/person on latest CSO resource mobilization endeavors in the country. 

  • Using resource mobilization plan as a tool i.e. planning funds to be raised annually from donors and evaluating the result to re-plan making necessary adjustments. 

  • To approach the private sector to support HIDO’s causes and finance its programs.