Chair of ActionAid International Board and Federation Visits ActionAid Ethiopia
Chair of ActionAid International Board and Federation Visits ActionAid Ethiopia Country Office, Discuss with SMT and Staff
Chair of ActionAid International Board and Federation Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda visited ActionAid Ethiopia country office while she was here in Addis Ababa, for the African Union leaders’ summit. The chair had a discussion with the senior management team (SMT) and the general staff and made a motivational address.
The SMT of ActionAid Ethiopia briefed the Chairwoman on the country’s context, the organization’s works, its achievements and the challenges it faces and its coping mechanism and risk managements.
In his briefing, ActionAid Ethiopia Country Director Jemal Ahmed re-counts ActionAid’s endeavors in Ethiopia focusing on priorities and the operational contexts. Jemal also noted ActionAid Ethiopia’s success in helping and enabling the emergence of vibrant and model community-based organizations (CBOs) such as Women’s Saving & Credit Cooperatives and Unions, Women’s Watch Groups, and Women’s Water Development Associations.
He also recapped to the chairwoman the restricting political environments related to the Charities and Societies Law on working on rights and campaigns in Ethiopia and how ActionAid is coping with it. Other SMT members have also briefed the Chairwoman about their respective department’s accomplishments and challenges.
The Chairwomen on her part said she takes the values we have as an organization seriously, not only a responsibility as the international board chair but also as a personal accountability.
She has also recommended giving more emphasis on the inclusion of women and young people in all works and programs ActionAid is implementing to end poverty to realize its mission of seeing people live in dignity and prosperity.
The chairwoman has also met with all staff at the head office, shared ideas and made an inspirational and motivational discussion with them.
The chair women stated to staff that the role of ActionAid international board is to make sure ActionAid remains true to our values on papers and the DNA who we are. She also briefed the staff about ActionAid’s new strategy focuses that are Rights, Redistribution, Resilience, and Resourcing.
Nyaradzayi has made an inspirational narrative how she has been transformed from being a country girl in a rural village in Zimbabwe to a CEO and other important position at international level, including chairing of ActionAid International Board and Federation giving credit for the education she has received. She also expressed her passion for justice and equity which are also the primary inspiration of ActionAid.
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, a trained human rights lawyer is Africa Union’s Goodwill Ambassador for Ending Child Marriage, founder, and CEO of Razoria Memorial Trust, an initiative that promotes health, education, and entrepreneurship especially for women and children in resource poor communities in addition to being ActionAid International Board and Federation Chair. She has also worked as the General Secretary for YWCA and in the UN for a long time.