About HPDO

What HPD-O Purports to Mean
HPDO is an organization of persons with disabilities (OPD) established in 1994 by seven founders consisting of four PWDs and three persons without disabilities who enlisted a common vision on the issue of disability. The founders shared a commitment to the professional, humane, moral and ethical responsibility of supporting efforts to help achieve the equal opportunity, effective participation and inclusion of PWDs. The entire membership of HPDO consists of volunteers who have a shared commitment and optimism, which has enabled them to forge a common vision and sense of duty to work together for the improvement of the lives of persons with disabilities. With a mandate to contribute for local endeavors intended to make a difference in the life of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), HPDO was registered with the Association’s Registry Office of the Ministry of Justice of Ethiopia in August, 1995. Since it was forced to focus on charitable interventions for PWDs in November 2009, however, it has been re-registered with the Ethiopian Charities and Societies Agency as an Ethiopian Residents Charity numbered 0318. Then, HPDO re-registered in August 2019 with registration number 0318 as per the newly developed and governing CSO’s Proclamation No. 1113/2019 focusing on Educational, Economic, Physical and Psychosocial Empowerment of PWDs, and Advocacy works. Cognizant of this, the mandate objectives, operational principles and values, as well as the powers and functions of HPDO are defined and reframed by its present Bylaw in a way that empowers it to work legitimately in collaboration with government and non-government actors, including kindred OPDs.

Strategic Mandate Objectives

Towards achieving the above-mentioned vision and mission, the following
mandate objectives are set out:

  • Promote inclusive society that recognizes and respects the rights and
    special needs of PWDs in the development and implementation of all policies and legislations as well as in all decision-making processes
    that affect them;

  • Strive to enhance the access and participation of PWDs in education,
    livelihood, health and other social services as well as in cultural,
    political and other areas of life on the basis equality of opportunity
    and without discrimination;
  • Contribute to national and local initiatives on the prevention of
    blindness and other impairments as well as on identifying and
    addressing barriers of participation and inclusion faced by PWDs;
  • Advocate accessible and inclusive public and private services for PWDs
    in line with the principles of universal design and reasonable
  • Advocate accessible and inclusive public and private services for PWDs
    in line with the principles of universal design and reasonable


HPD-O envisions modern society inclusive of PWDs as equal members
and participants as well as meaningful achievers.


HPDO is geared to promoting accessible and inclusive social service
environment for underserved PWDs through the enhancement of equal
access to appropriate and quality services.

Values and Principles

HPDO is guided by the following values and principles: –

  • Nondiscrimination;
  • Respect for rule of law;
  • Respect for human dignity freedom and right;
  • Promotion of equity and equality
  • Majority membership of PWDs;
  • Cross-impairment membership and cross-impairment composition of the
    clients of the association;
  • Voluntarism;
  • Collaborative engagement, trust, partnership and networking;
  • Gender equality and disability mainstreaming;
  • Cost-effectiveness;
  • Transparency and accountability;
  • Adherence to and practice of moral integrity;
  • Safeguarding the security of members, staff and clients;
  • Zero tolerance to corruption and fraud.


P.O.BOX 34711
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Phone: 25111-123-13-67


Tel: +251-911-24-18-03

Email: contact@hpdoethiopia.org