Vision & Mission


APAP’s vision is:

To see an Ethiopian society in which the whole spectrum of human rights are realized for all in a holistic development process.

The vision of APAP incorporates three conceptual elements: the identity of APAP as an organization, the conceptual framework for its interventions, and the basis for its operational focus.

  • It defines the organization as human rights NGO: APAP is a non-government organization working in the area of human rights.
  • It underscores the interdependence of all human rights: as a human rights NGO, APAP recognizes the indivisible nature of human dignity the respect of which forms the rationale and basis for human rights.
  • It confirms the inter-linkage between human rights and development: APAP appreciates the inextricable link between human rights and development. It understands the intrinsic value of the realization of human rights as a development end; the instrumental value of human rights in realizing holistic and sustainable development; and, the protective value of human rights in ensuring that development is an equitable process.


Facilitating the legal empowerment of the poor and disadvantaged population by emphasizing on their ESC rights for the full realization of all human rights in Ethiopia.

The key components of APAP’s mission are elaborated below:

  • APAP perceives that all its activities are advocacy efforts towards the changing of policies, practices and institutional arrangements that are affecting realization of human rights in Ethiopia.
  • The definition of the poor goes with the understanding of poverty from a human rights perspective: APAP recognizes that, poverty is a denial of human rights and is both a cause and a product of human rights violations. It also recognizes that tackling poverty as a human rights obligation and challenge is key to the realization of poverty reduction and development goals.
  • Realizing human rights with focus on economic, social and cultural rights: APAP understands that ESC rights which are intrinsically linked to poverty and development are comparatively neglected rights in the arena of human rights advocacy in Ethiopia. As a consequence of its understanding of poverty, APAP believes that ESC rights advocacy is a key area of intervention which needs to be addressed within the overall development effort in Ethiopia.
  • The mission is designed with the understanding that the poor are the most important players and active agents in their own development.


The aims of APAP are three-fold. These are:

  1. To enable the poor and disadvantaged populations’ make use of human rights and legal knowledge and services to improve their wellbeing;
  2. To promote accountability and strengthen capacity of legal and moral duty bearers so that they discharge human rights obligations; and
  3. To advocate for the creation of a more enabling socio-economic and policy environment for the realization of human rights.