Helping People Help Themselves

Building Resilience of Indigenous Peoples

Global Team for Local Initiatives

Since 2009 we have helped more than 75,000 indigenous people in Ethiopia adapt to their changing world. We collaborate with pastoralist tribes, engaging people in conversations and activities to explore their problems and create sustainable healthy lives for themselves.

Our projects are gender sensitive and integrated across multiple areas of impact. We work to build the resilience of people profoundly affected by changes in climate and socioeconomic conditions. Our projects include:

  • clean water
  • disease prevention
  • access to health services
  • functional literacy
  • new and diversified food sources
  • microenterprise
  • empowering women and girls
  • GTLI starts from the beginning - they live with us and respect our culture, conduct discussions, and facilitate peer group sessions. This gives us a chance to raise ideas, identify our problems, and get solutions.

    Dobi Oyita Hamar Tribe

How You Can Help


Your tax deductible donation to GTLI can help a pastoralist woman learn to read and write or reunite an abandon child with her family. Learn more about how individual donors help us help the pastoralist people of South Omo Zone, Ethiopia.

Partner with Us

Our corporate, nonprofit, and government partners invest in projects that align with their strategic objectives. These can include empowering people through education, environmental conservation, and achieving food and nutrition security. Learn more about becoming our partner.

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