7.4 aGRICULTURE sector

In this sector the construction, furnishing and equipping of medical equipment of the 4 veterinary clinics has been accomplished as per standard of the country. The Clinic’s blocks contain an office and a bed room for veterinary technicians working in rural areas with multi-purpose room, kitchen room and with dry latrine. The completed and ready for service clinics are handed over to the four warada agriculture and rural development offices based on the agreement ODA entered with the sector offices. The offices assigned the necessary budget and workers. Currently these clinics are serving the hitherto under served farmers in livestock health services. One of the clinics built and equipped was the Tibe veterinary Clinic located in bako Tibe Woreda West Shoa zone. It was constructed at a cost of more than 450,000 Birr. The Clinic was intended to give veterinary services for the live stocks of the residents in 8 kebeles including Tibe town. Currently, 9 kebeles or more than 20,000 villagers are receiving services from the clinic. For the surrounding community whose economy is based on livestock rearing in addition to crop production, this clinic is a guarantee for their life.
Ms. Mulu, a veterinary technician in Tibe Clinic says ‘’ From September to April the demand is too high. Sometimes up to 100 cattle visit this clinic daily. Each resident brings up to 60 cattle at a time because of trips threat”

The clinic treats all sorts of domestic animals for several diseases including trips, black leg, anthrax and African horse sickness.

The demand of the community is too high some times going beyond the capacity of this clinic
A beneficiary farmer at Tibe village says “A significant number of cattle had died before this clinic was built here. Now it has helped our cattle very much. Calves grow up without a problem. Our oxen are also strong enough to plough well. We receive good services. We have no any concern now.”

In total four veterinary clinics were built at the cost of 1.8 million Birr in three zones of the region. Two of them are in kurfa challe and Kersa woredas of East Hararge zone, and one is in Kersa woreda of Jimma zone and the third is as indicated above Bako Tibe Woreda of West Shoa zone.

RELIEF PROGRAM

The contribution of AGOHF in saving the life of 80,000 drought affected compatriot during the year 2002/2003 occupies a very high place in the ODA’s partnership with the Foundation and in the hearts of the affected population. ODA always remembers the visit of the top leadership of the Foundation made to some of the affected areas and their feelings to the people. The unforgettable event of the time makes the Association indebted to the leadership of the Foundation.

In this regard, and with a grant, amounting to nearly 1.9 ml Birr received from the Foundation, the Association intervened in emergency food support program in 7 waradas of 13 relief sites in the region that provided food to 80,000 people. The type of food that was purchased and distributed was 10,000 quintals of maize and 623 quintals of supplementary food for children.

During the distribution of the food ODA has invited national television and radio journalists to the sites and officially recognized the Foundation’s support and has expressed its gratitude to the support.

PROJECT ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

In implementing these projects, ODA has organized the governance and the management structure starting from the project site and hierarchically goes up to the higher management body of the Association.

At project site level, the community project committee (CPC) was established and is primarily responsible to manage the project representing from the beneficiary community side. The CPC mobilize beneficiary community in cost sharing, manage local purchase, handle small contracts, monitor and follow up project implementation and property management. It reports to the warada project steering community which is chaired by warada administrator and having members from sector offices. From project implementer (ODA) side there was site supervisor positioned on project site; and reports to ODA branch manager at zonal level on monthly basis. The warada steering committee regularly meets and solves any implementation problems beyond the CPC.

At zonal level the branch manager is responsible to disperse finance to the CPC and also undertake any payment above the mandate of CPC, regularly supervise the progress of the project, collect warada reports and send organized financial and activity reports to the project coordinator at ODA head office on quarterly base. The project coordinator produces financial activity reports of the project to ODA General Manager who in turn presents consolidated reports of ODA’s different activities and projects to the Associations’ Board of Directors on quarterly base.
Regarding the finance management, the project fund is deposited directly to a separate bank account by the Country Office of AGOHF. Similar accounts are opened at branch level and operated by branch manager and the cashier. Petty cashes are sent to CPC which is replenished whenever the CPC settle their previous expenses. All project transactions are recorded, posted and project financial statements are prepared at the central office by the project accountant and supervised by finance department of ODA.

nETWORKING AND COLLABORATION WITH SECTOR DEPARTMENTS

One of the main approaches of ODA’s program implementation is networking and collaboration. The networking and collaborative effort involves engaging beneficiary communities in different forms. It also works in close collaboration with sector departments relevant to the Programs/projects under implementation. This approach has enabled ODA to register significant results, among other things: in creating synergy in program implementation.

10.1. Community contribution

The active community participation was ensured through cost sharing on top of labor and material contribution. Community cost sharing/contribution in this program was very important in creating synergy to maximize the project out comes in terms of building more schools, health posts and water schemes than they were planned. The most important and documented community cost sharing was during 2004 and 2005 program period as indicated below:
The community project cost sharing includes:*
 Supply of stone in Birr 688,421.97 (80,990 USD)
 Supply of sand in Birr 1,598.00 (188 USD)
 Supply of Eucalyptus wood Birr 142,677.50( 16,785USD)
 Fetching of water for construction work Birr 164,000.00 (19,294 USD)
 Excavation work in Birr 672,141.64(79,075 USD)
 Loading and un loading & others 36,000.00( 4,235 USD)
 Contribution in Cash Birr 79,849.70 (9,394USD)

Total 1,784,688.81(209,963USD)
*Excluding access road construction

10.2. Oromia Water Resource Bureau Contribution

One of the most important collaboration ODA had with government sector departments was with Oromia Water Resource Bureau. This networking and collaboration effort was so strong to be an exemplary.

During the 2002 grant period for the implementation of deep well construction, it was proposed that the source of energy to be used for water pumping was a solar-energy-driven pump. But during implementation it was realized that the market price offered by bid winners was by far higher than the budget that was allocated for the purpose and the bureau had taken immediate steps to change the pumping system to fuel driven generator bearing the additional cost by allocating an additional budget Birr 3,270,506.1 for the implementation of 4 deep well projects (Please refer tables annexed for details). Beside this, the bureau had also supplied 202 hand pumps to complete open wells excavated by the community which is estimated to be Birr 646,400

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