Overview & Mission

Overview

Established in 2001, the Ethiopian Knowledge and Technology Transfer Society (EKTTS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing educational resources, including books and computers, to support the development of Ethiopia. Working with Ethiopians in the diaspora and international donor organizations, EKTTS has brought more than 1.5 million books and 4,200 computers valued at more than USD 44.3 million to millions of students all throughout Ethiopia.

EKTTS’ primary activity is in coordinating the logistics of import, transportation and rural distribution of donated educational materials. Through the support of its donors and cost-recovery fees charged to recipients, EKTTS provides access to critical educational materials – ranging from elementary mathematics to medical textbooks – to students who would not otherwise have such resources.
Through strong current partnerships with international organizations such as Computer Aid, Book Aid, Books for Africa, Better World Books, and the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help, EKTTS’ materials have advanced the education of thousands of Ethiopian students

















Quick Facts:
  • Imports and distributes books and computers to students throughout Ethiopia
  • As of December, 2011, has received and distributed more than 1.5 million books valued at USD 32.3 million
  • As of December 2011, has received and distributed more than 4,200 computers valued at USD 3.9 million
  • Founded in 2001 as an Ethiopian, registered not-for-profit development-oriented indigenous organization

Vision

Our vision is to see Ethiopia develop into a technologically advanced, economically developed and fast-growing economy

Mission

EKTTS is committed to mobilizing material resources and coordinating technical and professional support from overseas, local organizations, and individuals for transferring knowledge and technology to bring about meaningful and sizable impact to the economic development of Ethiopia.

Values and Operating Principles

  • Create partners in development
  • Maintain relations with Ethiopians in the diaspora
  • Actively engage the donor and NGO community in knowledge and technology transfer
  • Focus on an integrated approach to development
  • Prioritize public support and demand-driven programs
  • Maintain simplicity, transparency, accountability, and honesty in dealing with projects and in relation with partners, beneficiaries and stakeholders