MahibereHiwot for Social Development (MSD) was established in 1999 by few volunteer youth who were concerned and hence aspired to contribute their part in the national effort to combat the spread of the HIV epidemic. It has been registered as a local NGO by the Ministry of Justice followed by re-registration as an Ethiopian Resident Charity.
Given its beginning, a major focus of MSD’s work has been in HIV prevention, care and support, OVC care and Support, youth sexual and reproductive health, family planning, migration, child protection and environmental protection. The organization also works on assisting hard to reach groups of the community as early married rural girls, PLHA, commercial sex workers, their clients, waitress, long distance truck drivers, CSOs and the community. At community level, the organization works with community members and community based social service providing institutions, schools, health centers, government line offices and youth centers. Moreover, it has been working on accessing free health service to the hard to reach villages of the Simien Mountains by free standing and mobile medical service.
Since its establishment, MSD has been progressively expanding its organizational and technical capacities. The financial capacity of MSD has been grown from 550,000 ETB in 2006 to 44,685,707.00 ETB in 2018. Similarly, it has changed its finance and accounting in to system based recording, having segmented donor specific chart of account which helps the organization to avoid abnormal balance. MSD didn’t face any material audit qualification opinions for the last there years. Its staff number has been increased from 7 in 2006 to 178 in 2018. It also puts in place clear staff capacity development plan and system strengthening across the organization. The organization has head, areas and field offices that are fully staffed with finance and program experts. In terms of organizational system, MSD has a clear financial management system which is testified with no audit firm undesired report, a result based monitoring and evaluation system is in place for sound program design implementation, monitoring and evaluation. MSD has a well-organized and refined human resource and procurement manuals and guidelines. Currently it has more than 2000 volunteers across its project sites. Due to its proven capacity improvement and exceptional project performance, MSD has received recognition certificates from different stakeholders including government, donor agencies and other partners. MSD has good reputation in working with the community and local government structure which is proven for the last 18 years.
MSD strives to see women, youth and children achieve their greatest potential and actively participate in the socio-economic development of the country. As stated in its strategic plan, the organization’s philosophy believes in youth as agents of change and childhood as a gateway. Working towards addressing socio-economic constraints for women , Youths and Children can unleash their potential to be powerful forces to ignite changes and drive sustainable development. MSD works complementing with the government stakeholders, donors, national and international development organization and the community to contribute immensely in youth and child development activities. In its 18 years work experience, MSD has passed through three strategic plans.
Currently, it has developed a strategic plan which may stay from 2006 to 2020. For the specified period, MSD will focus on addressing the socio-economic challenges affecting the society, focusing on Youth and Children. The implementation of this strategic plan will involve different interventions in organizational, partnership and programmatic issues. The internal organizational development and institutional sustainability area covers the HR, resource mobilization, knowledge management and financial management. The partnership area aligned an objective to increase community and stakeholders’ involvement, while in the programmatic area also identified key objectives in improving Sexual and Reproductive Health for the Youths, HIV AIDS Prevention for Most at Risk Youth, promoting comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention among the most vulnerable populations and provide access to care and support, improving Maternal and Child Health, improving Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, addressing social norm change to eradicate HTPs and violence against girls and trafficking. Besides, gender, disability and environment are cross cutting strategies.

MSD has formed a strong partnership with more than 15 international NGOs in its successful development endeavor witnessed for the last 18 years. MSD has effectively implemented more than 25 projects across 35 major cities and rural ‘hard to reach’ sections of the society in Amhara region. The successful accomplishment of MSD during the elapsed organization years are accompanied with multiple awards. Among others few are certificate of achievement from Pact Ethiopia for strong performance of Yekokob Berhan HVC project in 2012/13, Certificate of recognition from PSI/Ethiopia THPP project for outstanding support and collaboration during the successful implementation of the USAID targeted HIV prevention program in 2012, certificate of recognition from Pathfinder International / Ethiopia for bringing about a significant difference to the lives of thousands of families and certificate of appreciation from Amhara National Regional State HIV/ AIDS Prevention and control coordination office in recognizing MSD as best development partner for Health Sector development.
The top governing body of MSD is its General Assembly. The board which has 7 members nominated by the general assembly is responsible for policy designing and approval and delegate the executive director for the daily routines of the organization. The organization has head quarter in Addis Ababa, area offices in Bahir dar and Dessie, coordination office at Gondar and Debretabor and field offices at Dembia, Debark, Dabat, Gendewuha, Metema, Debre Markos, Debretrabor, Nefas mewucha, Mekaneyesus, Adirkay, Tellemt, Janamora, Beyeda, Tehuledere, and Haiq weredas in Amhara region. It has also standalone clinic which is giving health service to the people around the edge of the Simien Mountains.
To realize its vision, MSD has 178 full time staff with diversified academic qualification and work experience, 2000 national volunteers and 2 international volunteers. Currently, the organization is implementing 9 projects at 31 weredas in Amhara & Benishangul Gumz Regions and Addis Ababa.
Health: HIV/AIDS, SRH, MNCH, and Nutrition
Education: Access, quality and TVET skill improvements Livelihood & Social Mobilization: Socio Economic strengthening, Prevention of Harmful traditional Practices (HTPs) & Gender based violence (GBV), prevention of human trafficking, unsafe migration and reducing unemployment
Environment: Community based environmental protection and rehabilitation
MSD Cross Cutting Issues
Gender and Disability promotion and comprehensive support
MSD Vision
MSD’s vision is to see youth and children achieve their greatest potential and actively participate in the socio-economic development of the country.
MSD Mission
MSD works with stakeholders in identifying needs and providing supports and services to equip youth and children with education, skills and assets to access opportunities and become agents of change within their communities.
Values of MSD
Accountability: The organization is committed to demonstrating accountability in using resources and rolling out its responsibilities to the community, donors, government and members
Integrity: The organization pursues its mission with commitment, discipline and rigor at all times.
Transparency: The organization act in a thoroughly transparent manner in all its undertakings
Participation & Partnership: The organization forges partnerships and engages diverse stakeholders in participatory approaches for development
Volunteerism: The general assembly, board, management and staff of MSD intend to always volunteer and contribute
Diversity: The organization engages and serves diverse population. Decisions undertaken on behalf of the organization are made with the greatest respect and support of everyone within and around
Care for Environment: The organization promotes environmental friendly technologies, approaches and actions through community based environmental protection and rehabilitation interventions 

organizational, partnership and programmatic issues. The internal organizational development and institutional sustainability area covers the HR, resource mobilization, knowledge management and financial management. The partnership area aligned an objective to increase community and stakeholders’ involvement, while in the programmatic area also identified key objectives in improving Sexual and Reproductive Health for the Youths, HIV AIDS Prevention for Most at Risk Youth, promoting comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention among the most vulnerable populations and provide access to care and support, improving Maternal and Child Health, improving Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, addressing social norm change to eradicate HTPs and violence against girls and trafficking. Besides, gender, disability and environment are cross cutting strategies.

MSD has formed a strong partnership with more than 15 international NGOs in its successful development endeavor witnessed for the last 18 years. MSD has effectively implemented more than 25 projects across 35 major cities and rural ‘hard to reach’ sections of the society in Amhara region. The successful accomplishment of MSD during the elapsed organization years are accompanied with multiple awards. Among others few are certificate of achievement from Pact Ethiopia for strong performance of Yekokob Berhan HVC project in 2012/13, Certificate of recognition from PSI/Ethiopia THPP project for outstanding support and collaboration during the successful implementation of the USAID targeted HIV prevention program in 2012, certificate of recognition from Pathfinder International / Ethiopia for bringing about a significant difference to the lives of thousands of families and certificate of appreciation from Amhara National Regional State HIV/ AIDS Prevention and control coordination office in recognizing MSD as best development partner for Health Sector development.

The top governing body of MSD is its General Assembly. The board which has 7 members nominated by the general assembly is responsible for policy designing and approval and delegate the executive director for the daily routines of the organization. The organization has head quarter in Addis Ababa, area offices in Bahir dar and Dessie, coordination office at Gondar and Debretabor and field offices at Dembia, Debark, Dabat, Gendewuha, Metema, Debre Markos, Debretrabor, Nefas mewucha, Mekaneyesus, Adirkay, Tellemt, Janamora, Beyeda, Tehuledere, and Haiq weredas in Amhara region. It has also standalone clinic which is giving health service to the people around the edge of the Simien Mountains.

To realize its vision, MSD has 178 full time staff with diversified academic qualification and work experience, 2000 national volunteers and 2 international volunteers. Currently, the organization is implementing 9 projects at 31 weredas in Amhara & Benishangul Gumz Regions and Addis Ababa.

Health: HIV/AIDS, SRH, MNCH, and Nutrition

Education: Access, quality and TVET skill improvements Livelihood & Social Mobilization: Socio Economic strengthening, Prevention of Harmful traditional Practices (HTPs) & Gender based violence (GBV), prevention of human trafficking, unsafe migration and reducing unemployment

Environment: Community based environmental protection and rehabilitation

MSD Cross Cutting Issues

Gender and Disability promotion and comprehensive support 

MSD Vision

MSD’s vision is to see youth and children achieve their greatest potential and actively participate in the socio-economic development of the country.

MSD Mission

MSD works with stakeholders in identifying needs and providing supports and services to equip youth and children with education, skills and assets to access opportunities and become agents of change within their communities.

Values of MSD

Accountability: The organization is committed to demonstrating accountability in using resources and rolling out its responsibilities to the community, donors, government and members

Integrity: The organization pursues its mission with commitment, discipline and rigor at all times.

Transparency: The organization act in a thoroughly transparent manner in all its undertakings

Participation & Partnership: The organization forges partnerships and engages diverse stakeholders in participatory approaches for development

Volunteerism: The general assembly, board, management and staff of MSD intend to always volunteer and contribute

Diversity: The organization engages and serves diverse population. Decisions undertaken on behalf of the organization are made with the greatest respect and support of everyone within and around

Care for Environment: The organization promotes environmental friendly technologies, approaches and actions through community based environmental protection and rehabilitation interventions

Recognitions given to MSD

For its successful accomplishment on the implementation of projects/programs under its thematic areas during the past years, MSD was accompanied with multiple awards and recognitions. Among others few are certificate of achievement from Pact Ethiopia for strong performance of Yekokob- Berhan HVC project in 2012/13, Certificate of recognition from PSI/Ethiopia THPP project for outstanding support and collaboration during the successful implementation of the USAID targeted HIV prevention program in 2012, certificate of recognition from Pathfinder International / Ethiopia for bringing about a significant difference to the lives of thousands of families and certificate of appreciation from Amhara National Regional State HIV/ AIDS Prevention and control coordination office in recognizing MSD as best development partner for Health Sector development.

Similarly, MSD has got various recognition letters from government and community structure offices for its participatory, project/program designing, beneficiary selection, monitoring and need based support to its beneficiaries

Current projects of MSD

Past Projects of MSD

  • Strengthening HIV prevention program targeting MARPs and HIV positive population at Gondar and BahirDar town (2010 – 2012): Supported by NASTAD Ethiopia
  • Integrated youth friendly reproductive health/family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention project in Amhara region (2005 – 2011): Supported by Pathfinder international
  • Empowering victims of Early Marriage through Education and Awareness creation for early marriage in Amhara Region: Supported by Pathfinder International-Ethiopia
  • Economic strengthening through urban gardening program for PLHIV at Gondar town and Dabat woredas, North Gondar Administrative Zone, Amhara National Regional State
  • Targeted HIV Prevention Program/ Campus life at Gondar, Bahirdar and Debre Markos universities: Supported by PSI-Ethiopia/USAID -THPP Project
  • Amhara MARPs HIV prevention Project: Supported by Fhi 360/CDC
  • Increasing access to youth focused sexual reproductive health information and services through Bahir Dar youth center
  • Empowering Early Married Rural Young Girls through Reproductive Health, Psycho-Social, and Economic Interventions (EMERGE): British Council/Civil Society Support Program
  • Biodiversity Conservation through Community Based Afforestation, Rehabilitation and Livelihood Improvement : Global Environmental Facility (GEF)/UNDP
  • Addressing the RH needs of DMU Students and Women in DebreMarkos Town: Ipas Ethiopia
  • Community and School Based Prevention and Protection of Children without Appropriate Care: Save the Children International (SCI)

Former and Current Donors & Partners of MSD

  • Pathfinder International Ethiopia,
  • World Food Program,
  • NASTAD,
  • IPAS Ethiopia,
  • PSI Ethiopia,
  • Family Health International-Ethiopia,
  • Pact Ethiopia,
  • UNICEF,
  • UNICEF & UNFPA /NORAD joint fund/,
  • CSSP/British Council,
  • GEF/UNDP,
  • Terre des Hommes/ Netherlands (TDH.NL),
  • Save the Children International (SCI),
  • Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service (SMMMS)
  • CCRDA
  • Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA)
  • Consortium of Reproductive Health Association (CORHA)
  • Amhara regional RH networks