In the Oromo region of Ethiopia, extreme weather and droughts have historically brought pastoral tribes into conflict over pastureland, water, and natural resources. To make matters more challenging, as climate change hits, conflict and drought is on the increase.
Trócaire provides emergency aid to people facing crisis in this region through our local partner organisations. One such partner, the Oromia Pastoralist Association (OPA), was created to help address land disputes, conflict over resources, and to help vulnerable groups cope with climate change.
OPA was established in June 2006 by a group of 72 community activists and is still growing and developing as an organisation. OPA have identified areas where they need to grow and strengthen, and through the SCORE project, Trócaire has been able to support them as they develop and build their capacity.
As a partnership agency, Trócaire’s approach is based on identifying local organisations and supporting them. Our partnership model is not just about funding, we exchange capacities, experiences and learning between Trócaire and local organisations. We support organisations like OPA, helping them to grow and be stronger.
We support the growth and development of local staff – like Tigist and Elias – local humanitarians who are committed to learning and developing in order to deliver a high quality and effective emergency response.