Major Objectives


  • Promotion and implementation of rainwater harvesting techniques;
  • Policy Advocacy;
  • Addressing socioeconomic issues affecting the promotion of RWH;
  • Strengthening networking and partnership;
  • Development of information management and communications systems for promotion of RWH;
  • Institutional development.



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ERHA's Profile

Institutional Profile


General introduction
ERHA was founded in 1999 by Ethiopian citizens who recognised the imminent challenges resulting from water shortage and initially registered with the Federal MoJ in December 2001; and later, re-registered as Ethiopian Residents Charity in 5th of November 2009. ERHA Promotes RWH in Ethiopia through advocacy, networking, research and capacity building of its stakeholders. In 2005, it was identified as Rainwater Harvesting Capacity Centre (RHCC) of the RAIN Partnership, to coordinate and manage the widespread implementation of RWH in Ethiopia and stayed until 2010. It has since recently, diversified its operations both in area and scope, and is currently undertaking integrated Watershed Development works with innovative solutions which contribute to water & Food Security.

Organisational structure:
The structure is composed of a General Assembly of 47 Active members currently( with  a total of over 400 in/and out members );7 Board Members; and the EERHA Secretariat with 6 Staff(2 core + 4 support) at the head office in Addis Ababa, and  Project coordination offices at implementation Woredas composed of Technical and Admin Staffs . The organizational capacity and governance of ERHA is guided by its constitution that conforms to the legal requirements of national association in Ethiopia. Its organizational structure consists of the General Assembly (GA), the Executive Board (EB) and the secretariat. The Secretariat, being the executive body of the organization, takes the overall responsibility for planning, implementation and M&E of granted projects. Overall there are 41 Executive Board members.

ERHA’s networks
National & International networks to which ERHA is a member:
1.    Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA),      (including  Water and Sanitation Forum (WSF)
2.    Southern and Eastern African Rainwater Network (SEARNET),
3.    Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater Partnership (GHARP),
4.    Rainwater harvesting Implementation Network (RAIN),
5.    International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (IRCSA),
6.    International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA),
7.    African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT).

Major funding partners:

Past:- RAIN ; Water Aid; UN - Habitat, IWMI/ILRI,  ICRAF/Sear Net; Swiss ReRAIN/ RiPPLE; British Council CSSP (Civil Society Support Programme); European Union Civil society Fund (EU CSF II);
Current- China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) and XCMG
ERHA’s Implementing Partners (in the past prior to commencement of implementation of projects by own force)

Action for Development (AFD), Agri-Service Ethiopia (ASE,) ; Ethiopian Rural Self Help Association (ERSHA); Water Action, Harerge catholic Secretariat (HCS), Harar Water Supply and Sewerage Authority

(HWSSA),Develop Family Together (DFT), Islamic Relief, The Regional government Woreda Offices and Kebele administrative bodies, IWMI and ILRL etc …
NOTE:-ERHA is implementing its collaborative projects by own force, since 2011/12

“Water & Food Security to ensure sustainable development and improvement of the livelihoods of all Ethiopians”

Facilitate promotion of RWH in Ethiopia through advocacy, networking, research and capacity building with its various stakeholders involved in developing, adapting and disseminating effective utilisation of the rainwater resource.

ERHA’s Priority Areas:

ERHA mainly focuses on communities/areas where RWH is the only option for having access to safe and sufficient water.

These include areas with no access to surface water; low or no bore hole potential; low or no spring potential; Restriction due to water quality issues.

Integrated watershed development with integration of proven innovative technologies in water, NRM, sanitation & Energy

ERHA  Main /Strategic Objectives

1.    Promotion and implementation of rainwater harvesting techniques;
2.    Policy advocacy;
3.    Addressing socio-economic issues affecting the promotion of RWH;
4.    Strengthening networking and partnership;
5.    Development of information management and communications systems for promotion of RWH;
6.    Institutional development.
7.    Watershed Development with integrated innovative solutions against water & food insecurity

Annex- I: Main water related activities that are being/to be carried out for the realization of the  objectives

1.    Promotion and implementation of rainwater harvesting techniques:
Distribution of RWH publications;
Conduction of RWH trainings and workshops for stakeholders and members;
Conducting cases studies and assessments on experiences in RWH for agricultural production;
Producing and distributing manuals on RWH to stakeholders;
Facilitating national stakeholders workshops and ToT trainings on RWH;

2.     Policy advocacy:
Conduction of assessments on policy and strategic gaps on RWH issues (done once but needs reinforcement)
Participation at national and international forums to carry out advocacy activities towards narrowing the gaps in RWH policy issues (e.g. SearNet Conference, WASH Fair, etc.)
Participation in the Policy Advocacy Working Group of the WASH Forum under CCRDA;
Organization of dialogue  forums on RWH

3.    Addressing socio-economic issues affecting the promotion, replication or scaling up of improved RWH practices:
Introduce or integrate micro-financing systems with RWH projects (future direction)
Action research to identify cost-effective RWH options affordable by the end users- communities and households (future direction)
Pursue water quality management  as an integral part of RWH schemes initiated by ERHA (future direction)

4.    Development of information management and communication systems for promotion of RWH:
Publication of thematic and case-study articles (on SearNet Newsletters as well as on local magazines and newspapers);
Participation on water-related exhibitions and publicity events;
Broadcasting radio programs and interviews (on World Water Day events);
Compilation of RWH Stakeholders Directory of Ethiopia (planned);

5.    Construct different types of water harvesting schemes;
Ferro cement RWH schemes with different size (50m3, 25m3, 10m3 etc.);
Under-ground WH schemes with different volume;
Construction of sand dams;

6.    Working on capacity building.
Production of training manuals/technical guidelines;
Conducting Training of Trainers Trainings(TOT);
Skill up training for practicing artisans;
Production of publications, manuals and technical improved designs (booklets, newsletters, journals … etc;

7.    Working on Awareness Creation
Experience exchange visits to members of the community;
Preparation of awareness building materials on RWH prepared in different languages (English, Amharic, Oromiffa, Tigrigna, and Somaligna)

8.    Integrated Watershed Development works for alleviating water& food insecurity; ease natural resource degradation,  and hence protecting the environment and sustaining livelihoods
Integration of proven innovative technologies for watershed development
•    Soil &water conservation
•    Nursery development, and community Forestry
•    Spring development, and runoff water storage
•    Roof WH technologies
•    Water for farmers managed irrigation, drainage development(recession agriculture)
•    Sanitation through latrine construction for schools and distribution of toilet slabs for rural communities
•    Capacity building of local stakeholders
•    Initiate Community dialogue
•    Documentation of Learning

Most Recent Accomplishments

Recently, between 2015- 2017, ERHA with the contribution of the European Union and Chinese Foundation for  Poverty Alleviation has successfully implemented projects which has a direct impact on communities  in the area of water harvesting and irrigation. Accordingly, ERHA currently accomplishes the following activities:

 (i) promotes water-harvesting technologies to smallholder farmers and pastoral communities
(ii) promotes policy research and advocacy in RWH and Natural Resource Management
(iii) participates in capacity development initiatives 
(iv) addresses socio economical issues affecting promotion of RWH
(v) develops  information management and communication systems for promotion of RWH
(vi) Strengthens networking and partnership mechanisms

As a result, ERHA has strengthened the capacity of communities in the effective and efficient use of water for irrigation and drinking purposes, through promoting water-harvesting technologies like water-cellar structures, water lifting devices, geo-membrane plastic sheets, water pumps, and improved vegetable varieties.


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