Afar Community Initiative Sustainable Development Association was founded in 2007 in the District of Dawe of Zone 5 of the Afar Regional State, at the initiative of the local people consisting of five members. The Association has a very good local presence, since its Management Committees of Members are all native and permanent residents of this area.
Zone 5 is actually known as "Hari Rasu” (Eastern Afar Region) is one of five Administrative Zones of the Afar Regional National State- Ethiopia. The territory extends along with the lower eastern highlands of Ethiopian. According to Ethiopia 2005 Population and Housing Census conducted by the CSA (Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia), this area has 250,000 inhabitants. The population of this zone are largely
pastoralists, it is characteristic of all the Afar region.
The Afar Region is one of nine regional states of Ethiopia. It is also known as the Afar Depression or Danakil Depression which is part of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, and is located in the north of the country. It has an area of 96,707 km2. Its Capital city is Samara. It has the lowest point in Ethiopia and one of the lowest areas in Africa 174 m below the Sea Level. Other notable landmarks include the Awash and Yangudi Raasa National Parks.
ACISDA is a young and innovative organization. However her practical experience and commitment allows her today, to reach to the most disadvantaged communities throughout the region. The launch of our programmes are through the collection of general information (opinions, feedbacks, surveys and general meetings) and the permanent member or Management Committee of the Organisation are all native people of the region as we already mentioned earlier helped the organisation to be effective and responsive of providing services to the local people.
We meet the main criteria as local Association:
- Notion of public interest
- The non-profit making Organisation
- Non- Political Organisation
- Private sources of its formation
- Financial independence or sustainability
In the longer-term, we would like to expand our activities, such as access to formal and non-formal education, Vocational and Technical Trainings, Information Technology, Conservation, Human Rights and Children and Family Awareness and Personal Development Programmes by working together with local, regional and Federal Authorities, local communities and traditional institution to improve the living conditions of the Zone 5 population.
Finally, the Afar people have traditionally been nomadic pastoral society, whose way of life of life is based traditional pastoralism, and each individual has a moral duty and responsibility towards each other. It is our collective responsibility to preserve, maintain and protect such wonderful social solidarity principles as part of our cultural heritage.