Konso  is one among the Zones of South Ethiopia Region. Karat, the center and capital of Konso, is located at about 595KM South west of Addis Ababa. The total land area of  Konso is about 2355km2  characterized by hilly, mountainous intersected by gullies and valleys, most of  which have been under cultivation over a period of hundreds of years. Konso  population living in this geographical location at present is estimated to be about 344,000(52% females & (48%) males) with annual growth rate 2.6%.  

Konso  is known for its hard-working people who endowed with extraordinary skill and  knowledge, particularly in Indigenous Water and Soil Conservation and Management  Practice. They managed to survive in marginal environment using the indigenous  skills and knowledge that enabled them to make optimal use of unfavorable  terrain and climatic conditions in innovative manner. This creative, indigenous  and noble work culture has qualified Konso people in 1995 for UN prize and  recognition and registration of Konso landscape as cultural heritage site by  UNSCO in 2010. 

Despite this spectacular deed by the people, it remained in food insecurity and abject poverty. This is due to natural calamities and other factors. Erratic and unreliable rainfall, recurrent drought, population increase, depletion of soil fertility and other natural resources; small farm land holdings; unimproved agricultural farming can be mentioned as factors that compelled this hard-working people to stay in distressed livelihood. Poor socio-economic condition of the community is also another factor contributed to this. 

Currently the government is implementing food security, poverty reduction and other development programs that contribute to the socio-economic development of the community. Konso Development Association (KDA) is one of the Civil Society Organization/CSO working in Konso in supporting the development initiatives and contributing towards the  socio-economic development of the Konso; thereby the region and the country as a whole.  

Konso Development Association (KDA):

KDA is non-political, non-religious and non-profit making local CSO  registered with government of Ethiopia as local organization as per the FDRE Authority for Civil Society Organizations Proc. 1113/2019 with its certificate bearing registration number 1338. Now KDA operates in all Kebeles of Konso Zone (in 4 woreda’s; Karat Zuria, Kena, Kolme and Segen Zuria and Karat City Administration); however, the number of operational kebeles per year depends on the availability of funds and active projects. 

Note that KDA has project sites in South Omo Zone and Koore Zone in South Ethiopia Region.

KDA Establishment

  • KDA is non-political, non-religious and non-profit making local CSO established in 1985 E.C (1993) by keen interest of Konso People.
  • Registered with FDRE as Local Civil Society Organization as per FDRE Authority of Civil Society Organizations Proclamation 1113/2019 with its certificate bearing registration number 1338.


  • KDA is operating in Konso Zone all woreda’s, South Omo Zone and Koore Zone.

Source of Income

  • membership
  • local resource/Sand, office & hall rents, Vehicles Garage, ICT services
  • Donations

KDA Strategic Objectives

  1. Launching visible development programmes that will eventually alleviate food insecurity;
  2. Organising and mobilising Konso community for self-help development endeavours;
  3. Promoting social services which focus on education, health, water, sanitation and hygiene;
  4. The Advancement of environmental protection, climate change mitigation and improvement;
  5. Promotion of family planning activities to check on population growth;
  6. Assessing backward thoughts and harmful practices and HIV/AIDS and support people to fight against these;
  7. Developing socio-economic data base and creating favourable situation for holistic development through information provision;
  8. The relief of those in need by reason of age, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage;
  9. Creating partnership and bilateral relations with government, donors, NGOs for financial, material and technical support in order to achieve the intended development objectives;
  10. The advancement of capacity building, on the basis of the long-term development directions; and
  11. Supporting advancement of Konso Art, Culture and Heritage.
  12. Ensure that KDA’s activities help to bring about sustainable development that contribute to the democratization process, promote the rights and interests of the members and community as a whole.