AIZON is a
private company which aims at innovating development and business
approaches that integrate environmental and cultural activities
into sustainable economic development. The company’s philosophy
is based on the acknowledgement that preserving culture and
environment are key challenges facing the world today and
that their preservation can result in economic development
of some of the world’s poorest nations. AIZON was established
in March 2005 in Ethiopia.
AIZON is an Amharic word which is traditionally
used to express support and encouragement to tackle challenges
when one embarks on a difficult journey, undertakes a new
initiative, suffers from losses, experiences illness, or faces
many other forms of difficulities. Indeed, coping with the
threats to environmental and cultural preservation in Ethiopia
and in the world today is a hugely challenging task and those
who attempt to address these threats need much encouragement
Currently AIZON is piloting and implementing
a number of social and environmental projects in Ethiopia.
An overview of AIZON is presented on this website. AIZON also
offers consultancy services on development related issues.
Examples of analytical work conducted by the founders in different
countries, and particularly recent work in Afghanistan, are
presented on this website.