Afar Pastoralist Development Association (ADPA)


1 – Afar Education: The most crucial issue in the socio-economic development of the Afar is that of establishing accessible and appropriate education in the pastoral setting. Schools in towns and villages of the region that teach in Amharic, a language foreign to the Afar, have alienated the Afar herdsmen from education opportunity. While the […]

Mobile Primary Health

Health coverage in Afar Region Coverage in figures The region claims the following coverage: Overall health coverage: 52% EPI coverage: DPT 42% Potable water coverage: 32% Sanitation coverage: 2% Structural institutions The regional health structure consists of hospital → health center → clinic → health post. The government does not as yet have health agents […]

Water Harvesting

1.   Water development, the essential element for the Afar pastoralists Afar Region in eastern Ethiopia has the ignoble reputation of being the hottest inhabited place on Earth (National Geographic documentaries 2006 – ‘the Extremes’). With a normal rainfall of 100 to 300 mm per year across the region, the fear of thirst is endemic and […]

Pastoralist Women’s

The Role of women extension workers Within APDA, women extension workers are literate Afar women who are trained according to an agreed curriculum using an APDA – written training manual. Their training is upgraded annually and they are empowered to be agents of developmental change within the community they come from on: Hygiene and environmental […]


HIV & AIDS in the Afar society HIV in Afar Region: HIV & AIDS were apparent in the region as of the 1990’s. Initially the disease was associated with non-Afar but it became manifestly clear that the disease and transmission can and do have routes solely within the Afar society. The disease arises out of […]

Community cooperatives

Pastoralist Household Economic Development 1.   APDA’s economic development policy APDA as a community – based organization is therefore driven by community need. Since APDA’s aim is to empower the pastoralist community to development through their own means, then APDA is driven to see the absolute need and in fact urgency of facilitating household economic development. […]

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Brief Minutes of Meeting of Adhoc, Voluntary Afar Language Education working Group
Nov 22 2018

Meeting held Saturday 17th, November, APDA Field Office, Samara Those attending: Darsa Kalifa from Bureau of Education Adam Muusa and Cuseen Acmad from Afar Regional Teachers’ College, Aysaqiita Muusa Qabdalla, Macammad Idriis, Cabib Macammad from Samara University Faculty of Afar Language Learning Qeysa Qadu from Afar Pen/ APDA Macammad Qali Macammad, Macammad Kayrat, Macammad Cuseen, […]

Women from several associations in Djibouti visited APDA in Afar Region
May 22 2018

          Women from several associations in Djibouti visited APDA in Afar Region on May 7th and 8th establishing a strong relation of exchange. The Tadjoura women’s association led the group and, having asked APDA how it tackles the issue of harmful practices, they visited rural work in Geega, Dubte word as […]

Afar Language Development Workshop preparation by APDA and PCF.

    Qafar Afih Dadalih kudgud massosseeh bicissem APDA kee PCF deqsitta meqem abittoh Egla. Tama GUDGUDUT Qafar Rakaakayak baritto biirok 3 num edde tengeleeh, Samara Jaamiqatak Qafar Afih exxak 6 num edde tengeleeh, Qafar Penik 3 num edde tenegleeh, Qafar afih gaddaloysiyya kee cubbussok 2 num edde tengeleeh, APDAk 10 amo yekke mari edde […]

Geegi daffeyna
May 02 2018

Geegi daffeynah Geegi awda, Dubte Daqaarak kaxxam fidni awdoodik tiyakteenah geytima. Geegi awda, ayro culma le kabuk, Shifraay, Uwwa kee Awrat cuduuduh tan. Data gita le qaxak Mille kee Samarat sanah taadiye. Geegal 20,000 kabba haa Shaqbi elle geytima. Inkih Dacarsitto xiina maray, rob kee qambure lakal yardeh yanin. Geegi kaxxam saq kee saq le […]