Gayo Pastoral Development Initiative (GPDI) is a non-government organization (NGO), non-political, not-for-profit, and secular organization established to promote sustainable livelihoods and self-reliance in the pastoral communities of Ethiopia. It was legally registered with the Ministry of Justice on November 21, 2003, and re-registered under new legislation of “Charities and Societies Proclamation No. 1113/2019” on July 24, 2019, with a registration number 0156 as “Ethiopian Resident Charity organization”. The overall goal of GPDI is to improve the livelihood of targeted pastoralist communities whereby livelihood vulnerability to disasters is reduced, livelihood options diversified, access to quality social services enhanced, and food/social securities ensured.
Work with the target community and other key stakeholders through creating institutional linkages, conducting research, and enhancing their capacities to overcome social and economic problems and enable them to become owners of the development initiatives.
GPDI has a vision “to see prosperous and healthy pastoralist communities leading secure and peaceful life in a sustainable environment”.
The following core values guide GPDI's in implementing its mission of serving pastoralist communities with its aspiration to be an effective and vibrant non-governmental organization: