Organizational Description

Siiqqee Women’s Development Association (SWDA) was founded in 1997 having the mission to see disadvantaged and marginalized women; girls and children in Ethiopia live with dignity and security also in having the mission to enable disadvantage women; girls and children in Ethiopia improve their social and economic wellbeing and develop their capacity as active, productive and respected members of their community”. This organization was founded by a committed Ethiopian woman with the strong conviction that poor women can control their livelihoods and their futures when assisted in their self-help efforts and ultimately empowered and have been working for the past 21 years.
The organization got Certificate of Registration from the Ministry of Justice in 1997. According to the new legislation of Charities and Societies in Ethiopia, SWDA is re-registered as Ethiopian Resident Charity in October 2009. After re-registration, it has revised its vision and mission. Currently SWDA had renewed its license up to 2019.
Over the years, Siiqqee worked on mobilizing women in Self Help Groups, having Community Conversation Sessions on issues that need community support such as violence against women and girls, harmful traditional practices, Promotion and support of Girls education, Engaging women in Environmental Protection and climate change.

All projects and programs of Siiqqee are undertaken in Oromia regional states. To list some of the results, above 6263 women organized in 359 self-help groups and able to save 2.7 million ETB, other 2300 women accessed startup capital and started income generating activities. Education wise 65 girls from poor family were supported until they graduated from colleges and universities, 3360 primary school children got opportunity to attend school and 150 other orphan and vulnerable children have accessed primary education. On top of this 40 girls obtained scholarship and improved their talent in athletics and academics. Over all, the organization has benefited directly more than 50,000 disadvantaged women, girls and children and reached out through them; to more than 250,000 community members. This was achieved through the generous support/donation of different national and international organizations.

Having a highly trained staff that has many years’ experience as well as network and strong partnership relation with all its stake holders sustained Siiqqee for more than two decades. Even though, Siiqqee is determined in changing the lives of women, girls and children in these areas and beyond, it is also facing challenges in and addressing organizational capacity building issues due to limitation of resources. Therefore, the organization is forced to look for potential donors in the country to sustain its programs and ensure the existence of the organization itself. For those who are willing in the following address.

Brief Background of Siiqqee Women's Development Association (SWDA)

Siiqqee Women’s Development Association (SWDA) was founded in 1997 by a committed Ethiopian woman with the strong conviction that poor women can control their livelihoods and their futures when assisted in their self-help efforts and ultimately empowered.

The organization got Certificate of Registration from the Ministry of Justice in 1997. According to the new legislation of Charities and Societies in Ethiopia, SWDA is re-registered as Ethiopian Resident Charity in October 2009. After re-registration, it has revised its vision and mission. Currently SWDA had renewed its license up to 2019.

Vision, Mission and Core Values

SWDA’s vision is to see poor and vulnerable women, girls and children grow empowered, become resilient and enjoy improved wellbeing in thriving families and communities in Ethiopia by 2030.

SWDA’s mission is to work with the poor and vulnerable women, girls and children through facilitating sustainable and inclusive development and through building their resilience and capacities to enable them to protect and promote their rights, and to tackle the root causes of poverty, inequalities and injustices in their communities and beyond.

We RESPECT the participation and contribution of the poor: We are committed to addressing and responding to the needs of the poor and vulnerable women, girls and children, including families and communities, while valuing and ensuring their active participation in and contribution to life changing project impacts and sustainable results. We respect and learn from the culture, traditions and values of the communities we work with while encouraging them to bring about positive and sound behavioral and attitudinal changes among target communities and beyond.

 We promote EQUITY in our work: We are committed to taking affirmative actions that ensure the equitable participation and contribution of women, girls and children in sustainable development and social transformation while making both men and boys part of the solution to address the root causes of gender inequalities and injustices in society in general and in program target communities in particular. We are also committed to being inclusive and enabling the full and equitable participation of persons with disabilities and people affected by HIV & AIDs in all our activities, projects and programs.

We uphold mutual ACCOUNTABILITY for results: We are accountable to government, partners/donors and program target communities for our policy practices, decisions, actions, and results. In all this, we uphold and nurture transparency regarding our resources (financial, manpower, material and time) management, communications and relationships to lay basis for our accountability. We exercise mutual accountability for effective results.

We work in PARTNERSHIP for sustainable results: We cannot work in isolation and succeed alone. Therefore, we build and maintain strategic partnerships with government offices, civil society organizations, funding agencies, research institutions, universities, target communities, private businesses, etc. in order to create the necessary synergy as we seek to accomplish our mission.

We serve with INTEGRITY: We cultivate and uphold trustworthiness at all levels of our organization while holding ourselves to a high standard for ethical behaviors and quality services as we serve among our program participants, partners and customers, and make efforts to fulfill our promises.

 We treasure TEAMWORK: We strive to instill an effective teamwork environment that is anchored on an organizational culture that aligns reward with performance at all levels of the organization; we intentionally focus on building and maintaining mutual trust and respect among all levels of staff while making due care for their wellbeing and development in line with our desire to accomplish our organizational mission effectively and successfully.