Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter-church Aid Commission (EOC/DICAC) was established as a development wing of the church by a legal notice in 1972. Since its establishment, it has performed emergency relief, rehabilitation, development, refugees & returnees support, and HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities.
As one of the ancient churches, EOC is a founding member of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the all-African Conference of Churches (ACC), Joint Relief Partnership (JRP), Christian Relief and Development Association (CRDA) and has good relations with other faith based organizations and various humanitarian institutions both abroad and in the country.
As we all know, the church is truly broad-based. It has over 40 million followers, half a million clergies in 40,000 churches and monasteries, and about 6.5 million registered Sunday school youth. One can find a church in every district including remote and inaccessible locations throughout the country North, South, East and West. The clergies are highly integrated within the communities and their moral integrity and acceptability over the laity has a strong foothold in the Ethiopian society.
This broad-based presence in the country is sited as the greatest potential for the church to play significant role in the country’s development endeavor. Throughout its history, the church has remained part and parcel of the Ethiopian society and has prominent stake in its social and economic development. Moreover, the Church is recognized as the first to arrive at disaster scenes to reduce human suffering. More recently, the profile of the Church has been enhanced by its prominent role in development and in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
EOC-DICAC envisions a just society in which everyone is able to lead a quality life.
To assist the disadvantaged communities in Ethiopia to attain self-reliance by tackling the root causes of poverty, drought, conflict, gender inequality and HIV/AIDS pandemics by promoting sustainable development programmes and community empowerment.
"I want to share your food with the hungry and bring right to your homes those who are helpless, poor and destitute." (Is. 58:7)
"Learn to do right, seek justice, encourage the oppressed." (Is. 1:17)
"He who does not work shall not eat" (2Thes. 3:10)
GOD created human beings making them to be like Himself. (Genesis 1:27)
Encourages the participation of the community, relevant government and NGOs and funding partners.
Accountable to its funding partners and to the community.
Effectiveness and Efficiency
To use the resources effectively to reach the most needy and efficiently to make limited resources achieve as much as possible.
To communicate with all stakeholders in a transparent manner.
"...there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28)
EOC-DICAC diligently works towards ensuring the sustainability of all its development interventions.
Work in collaboration and harmony with different FBOs in socio-economic development of the country while respecting their differences.
- Contribute to a food secure society in a sustainable manner
- Contribute towards a society free of HIV/AIDS and opportunistic diseases.
- Contribute towards a literate society.
- Contribute towards gender equity
- Promote peace building and Advocacy