ADESO IS A HUMANITARIAN AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION THAT IS CHANGING THE WAY PEOPLE THINK ABOUT AND DELIVER AID.

WE KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE WE WORK WITH EVERY DAY HAVE IT WITHIN THEM TO CHANGE THEIR OWN LIVES. ALL THEY NEED IS A LITTLE HELP.

The needs of communities, and the drivers of poverty, are complex and fluid. That is why we must listen to those in need in order to help them move beyond poverty and insecurity.

We advocate on behalf of the communities we work with, giving them voice on a local and international stage, and ensuring their interests and concerns are considered at the highest level.

We play a key role in promoting better ways to deliver effective humanitarian and development aid and contribute meaningfully to policy discussions on issues that affect African communities. As an African-based NGO, we believe that civil society organizations in the Global South need to play a stronger and more strategic role in global policy debates on humanitarian assistance and development.

Highlights

  • We pioneered cash transfers responding to droughts in Somalia in early 2000s
  • We organized a consortium of NGOs to launch a large-scale cash transfer response reaching over 500,000 people affected by the 2011 famine in Somalia
  • Our founder, Fatima Jibrell, received the Goldman Environmental Prize, the National Geographic/Buffet Award for Leadership in African Conservation and the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award for her environmental conservation and advocacy work
  • We co-founded and are currently incubating the Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR) and our advocacy efforts led to the adoption of Grand Bargain target to provide 25% of humanitarian funding directly to local actors

Our Founder

Born into a nomadic pastoralist family in Somalia, Fatima Jibrell’s story is one of love for her people and the environment that supports their way of life.

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Mission and Vision

Our vision is of an Africa that is not dependent on aid, but on the resourcefulness and capabilities of its people.

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