Organization and Management

GDCO had revised its organizational structure a number of times since its inception to solve problems; the major ones being in 1999 and 2005. The much anticipated meeting of GDCO’s 3rd Congress (General Meeting) was held in Silver Spring, Maryland, on January 8, 2005. Among other things, it endorsed a well-thought and updated version of the bylaws of GDCO. Chapter 5 article 4 of the bylaws articulated in clear terms the main functional bodies of the organization.

General Assembly (GA)

The supreme authority of the organization is made up of two duly elected representatives from each member organization of GDCO. The authority’s main duties and responsibilities include laying down general policy and directives, and electing the board of directors and members of the Audit Committee. New members are welcome to join if they qualify and abide by the Organization’s bylaws.

Management Board (Board of Directors)

There are two types of membership to the board. Fifty per cent will be representatives from each member organization, and the other fifty percent will be nominated by the GA on the basis of their professional merit and their commitment to the fulfillment of GDCO’s objectives. The Board oversees the performance of the Executive Committee, strengthens the membership of GDCO, and lobbies governmental and non-governmental institutions both in Ethiopia and else where for support and resources.

Current Board of Directors

Dr. Mulatu Wubneh                  Chairman                                 N. Carolina
Ms. Amsal Woreta                    Managing Director              Maryland
Dr. Adugnaw Worku                 Member                                    California
Mr. Eyasu Damtew                    Secretary & Treasurer       Virginia
Mr. Aderajew Hailu                    Accountant                             Virginia

Lisane Gondar Editorial Committee

Dr. Mulatu Wobneh                 Editor-in-Chief        N. Carolina
Dr. Alemante G/Selassie      Editor                           Virginia
Dr. Adugnaw Worku               Editor                           California

Education (Scholarship) Committee

Dr. Genet Desta                      Chairperson              Virginia
Mr. Zewdu Belai                      Secretary                   California
Mrs. Sare Takele                     Member                      Georgia
Mr. Yohannes Mersha          Member                       California
Mr. Eyasu Damtew                 Member                      Virginia
Mr. Mulugeta Negussie       Member                      Georgia

Audit Committee

Mr. Mehari Belay                    Chief Auditor            Maryland

Managing Directors’Committee

The managing Directors’ Committee forms the Secretariat of the Organization (GDCO). Its duties and responsibilities include handling day-to-day activities of the GDCO, applying important policies and directives issued by the GA and the Board, and generating policy ideas and preparing projects and programs aimed at the fulfillment of GDCO’s vision admission statements. The current members of the Managing Directors’Committee are:

Ms. Amsal Woreta                   Managing Director
Mr. Eyasu Damtew                   Secretary General & Treasurer
Mr. Aderajew Hailu                  Accountant

Our mission

  • Mission

    Create harmonious relationships among Gondares, so that they may pool their resources and respective areas of expertise towards meaningful relief, rehabilitation and development projects in the Gondar region.

  • Vision

    Prosperity and an improved standard of living for the residents of the Gondar region.

  • Strategic Objectives

    1. To encourage and facilitate the establishment of GDCO member organizations (chapters) wherever groups of Gondaris reside.

    2. To initiate, encourage, promote, and support local community development initiatives in the Gondar Region.

    3. To play an advocacy role in the fight to preserve and promote Gondar’s cultural heritage.
    4. To use members’ resources, as well as those of other interested and concerned parties and organizations, to fund rehabilitation and development programs in the Gondar Region.

    5. To develop close working relationships with Gondar Relief, Rehabilitation and Development Association (GRRDA) offices in Addis Ababa and Gondar as well as befriend and co-operate with other development-oriented organizations in Ethiopia and elsewhere.

  • Immediate Tasks

    1. Continue and expand the Educational/scholarship program.

    2. Strengthen tertiary learning institutions (universities, colleges, etc.) in the Gondar Region through secondment programs (i.e. through deployment of academicians/scholars, donations of textbooks, computers, etc.).

  • What Has Been Done So Far?

    1. Many Gondaris have been brought together under an umbrella organization dedicated to unity and solidarity.

    2. The Scholarship Program was initiated in 1996 to encourage outstanding students among 11th and 12th graders who lacked the resources to continue their education. The program began its first year by assisting 76 students from 20 different high schools. Then, the next year (1997) the number of students receiving help was raised to 105, a level which held steady until 2003. During this time, the financial support provided to GDCO scholarship winners remained a mere Birr 60(US $7) per month. But in 2004 the program was transformed both in scale and quality. The number of recipients was increased to 150 and the financial support raised to Birr 75 (US $9) per month, for ten months every year. As this program is appreciated at the receiving end as well as by donors here in the USA, it is likely to continue and expand.

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