Who We Are

The founders, the Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn, and the Former First Lady of Ethiopia, H.E. Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, have unwavering commitment to continue working with the government, people, and partners to support national and regional efforts in bringing socioeconomic transformation in Ethiopia and the broader Horn of Africa. Our foundation focuses on maternal & child health and nutrition, and climate smart ecotourism and conservation.

Our Vision

We envision seeing “A healthy and economically empowered community in a well conserved environment.”

Our Mission

We catalyze development players’ interventions and inspire citizens to build healthy communities and develop a sustainable environment in support of socio-economic transformation in Ethiopia and the broader Horn of Africa. Our distinctiveness and partnerships at local and international levels are keys in furthering our mission.

About - Hailemariam & Roman Foundation - Ethiopia

HRF
HRF

Our Distinctiveness

We aim to catalyze and contribute to development players’ interventions by leveraging our biggest assets:

Credibility and trust

We speak from a source of truth with authenticity, building on our past work experiences of leading and advocating for improved maternal & child health and nutrition, and climate smart eco-tourism and conservation. Over the next few years, we will exert our efforts in areas with the highest perceived needs where we could add value by fostering partnerships.

Convening potential

One of our core strengths is our ability to convene leading local and international players around critical topics, increasing multi-sectoral collaboration, fostering partnerships and creating effective discussion forums.

Access at the highest and grassroots levels

We will continue to develop relationships with heads of state, private and social sector leaders, and community leaders and elders at the grassroots using our existing networks and relationships.

Deep understanding of the contexts

Our pathways have given us great opportunities to understand the contexts deeply and be aware of the situations on ground while carrying out our mission in a way that builds local ownership, leadership, and delivering capacity to contribute towards attaining dramatic results in our focus areas and ensuring sustainability.

Our Guiding Principles

We strive to:

Put community at the centre

Put community at the centre

Citizens are at the centre of everything we do. We believe in the power and potential of our citizens – especially women and young people – to change their own lives, communities, the nation and the world. We inspire local communities to lead the change.

Create sustainable and scalable models

Create sustainable and scalable models

We prioritize and focus our activities to create solutions and initiatives that will have lasting impacts. We do not look for quick fixes. We build scalable models that integrate economic, social, environmental, and policy elements.

Catalyze development players’ interventions

Catalyze development players’ interventions

We contribute to interventions where we can add value to meet the perceived needs in our focus areas.

Enhance partnerships

Enhance partnerships

We drive impact by creating and enhancing partnerships at local and international levels with communities, governments, international agencies, donors, and other key stakeholders.