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 HTTPs and violence against girls and trafficking. Besides, gender, disability and environment are cross cutting strategies.