The Ethiopian Interfaith Forum for Development, Dialogue and Action (EIFDDA) is one of the National Networks of faith-based organizations established in 2002 by 10 standing and 12 supportive faith-based organizations working in Ethiopia. In 2006, it was registered with the Ministry of Justice as a Network of Faith-Based organizations in Ethiopia. The Forum is reregistered as Resident Charity in February 2012, following the Charities and Societies Proclamation 621/2009. Since its establishment, EIFDDA facilitates, assists, and supports the development efforts of its member FBOs.
Through the years the Forum has remained intact and in a good working condition, confirmed by its continued annual General Assembly of members from 2011-2014. Likewise, the Board of Directors undertook its regular meetings, enabling the existence of trust, confidence, respect, and also demonstrating peaceful coexistence, and mutual benefit among the various FBOs. EIFDDA and its member FBOS implemented projects on HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, nutrition, IGA as well as promoting social accountability. The availability of skilled staff capable to adopt the stringent monitoring and evaluation system of the Global Fund has resulted in significant improvement in the efficiency and professionalism in project fund management, supervision, and monitoring as well as capacity building of the organization.
EIFDDA and member FBOs are operating in a highly dynamic environment, with both opportunities and threats. On the country level, there is a fast population growth rate, growing inequalities, and persistent poverty, despite the Government’s efforts to alleviate it, the high unemployment rate that mainly affects youth and women, and the increased demand for health services. On the other hand, EIFDDA is working with strong FBOs that have a good reputation and the potential to influence the perceptions and behavior of their respective communities in all development endeavors. Hence, EIFDDA and its member FBOs have untapped resources that can be considered an opportunity to stand against any major challenges in the next SP implementation.