Sources of Finance
1. Membership Fee
Tigrai Development Association (TDA) has come into being as a legal person to assist the development agenda of the people together with government and other stakeholders who have similar goal basically of the region in particular and the nation in general. Therefore, TDA has set a clear vision of what it wishes to visualize, its mission on how to state and set goals and activities to meet the desired goal and the means which basically is the resource aspect also clearly defined and ensures its sustainability too. Hence, in the case of TDA four defined sources are put in practice: the major and in fact sustainable source is membership contribution. Despite its apparent limitation, the funds raised from funding organizations, investment returns and foreign and local branch mobilizations are given paramount considerations.
The membership structure of TDA has different clusters based on economic classification that includes employees of various organizations, residents, farmers, private sector, students of primary and secondary schools and other higher educational institutions. To put in a nut shell, the ownership of TDA obviously is the people themselves.
The mode of membership depends on the free will of individual citizens. Of course, the inspiration goes to TDA organizers. Due to this, TDA has a task force` at directorate level to coordinate and enhance membership and accelerate the contribution amount of the people. Therefore, due to the tremendous effort made so far within and beyond the region, TDA has over 1.3 million registered domestic members in Tigrai and the target areas of Addis Ababa.
The mode of contribution varies depending on the nature of the clusters. For example, employee cluster has at most 0.5-1% contribution from their basic salary while members of the farmer group have 20 birr per annum.
2. Fundraising and Telethons
TDA uses different ways to generate funds to support the people of Tigrai through implementing multi-dimensional projects. One of them is fund raising through organizing telethons and dinner programs for various segments of the society who have the willingness and passion to support TDA in its developmental endeavors. TDA has organized country and citywide telethons to raise billions and millions respectively so as to accomplish all the projects carried out over the past 30 years.
3. Project based collaboration with development partners
TDA have been supported by and worked in partnership with several national, international, bilateral and multi-lateral organizations and funding partners. Some of the reputable partners include, but not limited to: USAID, EU, DFID, Gelfand Family Charitable Trust, Save the Children International, World Learning, SIDA, Book Aid International of UK, Baring Foundation of UK, A Glimmer of Hope, CSSP/Ethiopia, Path-Finder International, Japanese and Chinese Embassies to Ethiopia. Besides, it is a member of a regional umbrella organization namely Alliance of Civic Society Organizations of Tigrai (ACSOT). It is also active and contributing being a member of two national and international umbrella organizations namely Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA) and Consortium of Reproductive Health Association (CORHA). Some of the collaborative interventions are described below with the Name of Agency/Donor/ Organization, Name of Project and Instrument Number, Funding Amount in $, Country of Implementation and Period of Performance, and Brief Summary of Work Performed and Accomplishments are indicated.