Addis Woubet is an NGO created to raise awareness of the need to
preserve, restore and maintain of some of the significant
historical sites of Addis Ababa and use them as a foundation to jumpstart
economic and cultural development. Most of the existing historical buildings
in Addis Ababa are concentrated in the Arada, Arat Kilo and Sidist Kilo
Addis’ threatened historical heritage
is just one of a myriad of social and economic problems prevalent in
Ethiopia. Addis Woubet believes it is possible to strike a balance between
seemingly competing priorities by finding solutions that realize simultaneous
benefits across multiple fronts. The strategy revolves around the successful
realization of the following:
- The creation of a collaborative framework that
encourages the participation of all relevant stakeholders including
pertinent municipal offices, public and private sector entities,
local community members, embassies, concerned individuals as well
as other local and international entities.
- Thorough identification and cataloguing activities,
which will culminate in the development and deployment of an appropriate
database that is richly populated and pictorial as well as textually descriptive
(using architectural and historical background) of classic
buildings and related heritages.
- Alignment to urban development activities undertaken
by the city government, which strive to address the housing shortage
observed in Addis Ababa (and other cities) as well as associated
needs surrounding inevitable socio-economic requirements of local
neighbourhoods, urban beautification and other multi-faceted urban
issues. Our alignment efforts incorporate strategies such as the
World Bank’s Mix-City framework, Addis Ababa’s Green Zones, and
other innovative urban themes.
- Development of frameworks for the realization of
sustainable revenues through the preservation / restoration of historical
buildings and related heritages.
- The subsequent creation
of niche markets in tourism, upscale neighbourhood development and
the premium services sectors.
Addis Woubet’s vision is the realization
of the designation of Arada as a “historical district” whereby the historical
structures are preserved and renovated respecting the architectural
quality and ambiance and utilizing these treasures for revitalizing
the cultural and economic life of residents and visitors.
Addis Woubet’s mission is to inspire an
Ethiopian renaissance connecting the past to an understanding of the
present and paving the way for a future where historical and cultural
heritage are building blocks for the country’s socio-economic development.
Our overall goal is the preservation, restoration
and redevelopment of Arada as a historical, cultural, entertainment
and commercial centre particularly in the arts and crafts.
Our immediate objectives are:
- Advocacy, awareness creation and mobilization on
the need for preservation of historical buildings and structures,
the creation of green areas and public spaces, sanitation and environmental
protection of Addis Ababa in the city’s urban development initiatives.
- Undertake studies and documentation of the city’s
historical neighbourhoods and buildings to create a database.
- Renovate the Mohammedali building and establish
it as Addis Woubet’s centre for supporting the preservation of historical
sites, showcasing different aspects of our cultural heritage.
- Ensure the transfer of knowledge about preservation
and restoration of historical heritage through training activities,
seminars, radio and TV.
- Facilitate the creation of a collaborative framework
by stakeholders and mobilization of funds.
- Restore and launch one historical building as part
of Addis Woubet’s contribution to the celebration of the Ethiopian
Our long term objective is advocacy for
the designation of the Arada area as a “historical neighbourhood” and
its development as a revitalized commercial and cultural area.
motto: “One must form a new view of the past in order to have a new
vision of the future.” (Theodore Zeldin)