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What is PADET?

PADet is an indigenous, not-for-profit, non-governmental humanitarian organization established in 1998 by a group of voluntary development professionals working in government and non-governmental organizations. PADet was established with a view to serving the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalized segments of the population, particularly children, youth and women. Over the years, PADet has grown to serve its target beneficiaries through participatory development programs focusing on sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and food security/livelihood. PADet has grown beyond merely creating awareness to offer more permanent solutions, and in turn creates hope for the poor.


The idea of initiating a local NGO emerged in October 1998 by few professionals working in governmental and non-governmental organizations. The group initiated the NGO in full recognition of the magnitude of the problem of women and children youths in the country and the suffering these groups of communities face in the target areas. Having fulfilled the requirements for registration, PADet was registered as a local NGO by the Ministry of Justice in June 1999. (Its registration number is 395).

Our vision

PADet envisions a transformed society where children, youth and women enjoy decent life.

Our mission

PADet’s mission is to support children, youth and women in their effort to improve their wellbeing through promotion of participatory and sustainable development programs focusing on promotion of sexual and reproductive health, food security, and HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

Our core values

Our core values let everyone know what PADet stands for, how we behave and our approach to doing business. In our actions we believe in showing integrity and courage of convection. In the way we work, we continue to be guided by our enduring values of accountability, transparency, impartiality and equity.

What we do

We do on three key priority areas where our efforts, energy and resources have to concentrate to realize our organizational development endeavor. These are sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and food security/livelihood.

Strategic Objectives

  • To bring desired behavioral change and practice on sexual and reproductive health in our sexual and reproductive health in our target areas
  • To reduce HIV infection among community members and improve the quality of life of those living with the virus and their families
  • To improve the food security status of our target beneficiaries by increasing their physical and human capital assets through off- and on=farm income generating activities and other livelihood interventions.

Core strategies

  • Integrated approach to program implementation
  • Valuing and recognizing indigenous knowledge and wisdom
  • Participation
  • Capacity building
  • Partnership and networking

Our constituents

Children, youth and women are the primary constituents of PADet. In fact, when PADet was initiated by a group of professionals in 1998, the rationale behind its establishment was the magnitude of the problem and the suffering these groups of communities face in thecountry.

Where we work

PADet is currently working in four national regional states and once city administration namely Oromia, Amhara, Afar, South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), and Addis Ababa.