about asdepo

Action for Social Development and Environmental Protection Organization (ASDEPO) is an Ethiopian indigenous, non-governmental and non-profit making humanitarian organization established in 2013. ASDEPO is registered as Ethiopian Resident Charity Organization as per the new CSO legislation on charity and society proclamation number 621/2009 with the registration number of 3528. ASDEPO is mandated to operate in all regional states of the country.

ASDEPO is engaged the following thematic program areas of intervention namely Education, Health, Podoconiosis (NTD), Women and Youth Economic Empowerment, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH), Environmental Protection, Human Trafficking/Refugees/Migration, Skill Training. According to the 2016-2020 five years strategic plan ASDEPO’s vision, mission, goal and values are presented as follows:


ASDEPO aspires to see mothers and children in Ethiopia living in respectable circumstances as well as secure and healthy environment.


Works to improve the lives of needy mothers, children, youths and elders from first to last escalating their access to health and education services, supporting income generation and improving the natural environment, using a holistic and participatory loom.


Gender sensitive, Partnership and Networking, Community and Child Participation,Non

Discrimination Transparency,Responsiveness,Respectfulness, Sustainability.


Strategic Objectives

:Improve the wellbeing of Women and Children

:Develop children’s women’s and youth’s potential and create an enabling environment that ensures their participation in development and economic growth.

:Enhancing gender equality (by fighting against gender based violence and preventing harmful traditional practices, especially on women) and enhance the social, economic and political empowerment of women thereby contributing to the improvement of the general life of the Ethiopian society.

:Improving the intake capacity and quality of educational service at formal schools and Non formals.

:Increasing the livelihood skills of youth in order to make them self-supporting citizens.

:Improving access to primary health care education and family planning (reproductive health) with better service.

:Contributing to the creation of clean and healthy environment for  wild animals

:Undertaking poverty mitigation activities and participate existing efforts with the government, NGOs and other communal systems.

Governance and Management

ASDEPO is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the General Assembly, which gives all supreme decision and overall organization policy direction and guidance. The General Assembly and the Board of Directors are the highest authority that ultimately approve the organization’s annual budget and work-plan and elect the board. 

The secretariat is headed by the Executive Director who follows the day-to-day program/project activities & administrative matters and has qualified technical staff in various disciplines. The Executive Director, Program Director and Finance Director, Finance Manager and other officers operate with defined mandate and responsibilities as well as shared and complimentary duties in the fields of program, finance and administration. The operation of the Secretariat is guided by Financial and Personnel Manuals that follow universally accepted standards and regulations of the government. It is structured in to Programme, Finance and & Admin Departments at head quarter level Kirkos sub city. Currently, ASDEPO has a total of 20 technical and supporting staff. The technical staffs ranges from PhD to Diploma levels.


Memberships of ASDEP


Action for Social Development and Environmental Protection Organization is a member of Consortium/Network Association

: Union of Ethiopian Women Charitable Association (UEWCA)

: Population Health and Environment Ethiopia Consortium(PHE-EC)

: National Podoconiosis Action Network(NaPAN)

: Youth Network for Sustainable Development(YNSD)

: Planitary Health Alliance(PHA)


partners of asdepo

: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR-OP)

: Administration for Refugees and returnees Affair(ARRA)

: Action for the Needy in Ethiopia(ANE)

: National Podoconiosis Action Network(NaPAN)

: Population Health and Environment Consortium of Ethiopia(PHE-CE)

: Union of Ethiopian Women Charitable Association(UEWCA)

: Jon Snow Inc.(JSI)

: John Hopkins University(JHU-CCP)

: Bank of Abyssinia(BOA)

: Initiative Africa(IA)

: Swedish International Development Agency(SIDA)

: Liverpool school of Tropical Medicine(LSTM)



: Mekelle University

: Jig-Jiga University

: Ministry of Health(MoH)

financial management


ASDEPO has financial manual. All financial transactions such as budget request, approval and endorsement are strictly followed based on the procedures of the financial manual. In line with this, it uses Peachtree Accounting software and Cash based accounting system to manage numerous accounting tasks. All financial transactions are audited by external auditors on yearly basis in accordance with the financial manual. This manual puts a system that provides adequate internal control over the resources of the organization to enhance the efficiency of the overall management of its operations in place. The management committee of the ASDEPO is composed of Executive Director, Program Director, Finance and Admin Director and Finance Manager.

ASDEPO Achievements to Date


Since its establishment, ASDEPO has implemented 8 development projects and more than five hundred thousand beneficiaries have benefited from different program interventions.

ASDEPO provided capacity building programs in the form of trainings, reference books, equipment’s / material supports, construction of latrines, libraries, school play grounds, water points and connection to different community groups at its operational areas.  It also has gender manual, focal person and mainstreaming gender issues in its entire program. Currently ASDEPO is implementing “Communication for Health” project on RMNCH/FP, PMTCT/HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Nutrition, WASH, and TB funded by USAID through John Snow Inc.(JSI) in Oromiya National Regional State East Harerghe Zone thirteen selected Woredas namely: Bedeno, Fedis, Melka Belo, Qersa, Babile, Deder, Girawa, Goro Gutu, Gursum, Jarso, Kombolcha, Kurfa Chele and Midega Tolla and Borena Zone on Kenyan refugees  cossetted at Dillo and Megado caps and host community on the project of childhood education and RH and HIV/AIDS partnering with ARRA and UNHCR. 

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