"Celebrating the past – preparing the future" (30/01/2012)

The Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development,  organized the EU-Ethiopia Civil Society Fund Wrap-up workshop under the theme of “Celebrating the past- Preparing the future”. The workshop was held in Addis Ababa at the Ghion Hotel on Wednesday 25 January 2012.

The workshop was officially opened by the keynote address of H.E. Ato Ahmed Shide, State Minister of Finance and Economic Development and H.E. Ambassador Xavier Marchal, Head of the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia.

Ambassador Marchal on his remark stated that:

"The CSF is also unique for the diversity of CSOs that it has brought together. The "CSF family" is spread over the whole of Ethiopia, includes small organisations at the beginning of their professional engagement and big, powerful organisations that have contributed to the creation of the civil society sector in this country. All family members work in different intervention areas, be it networking and dialoguing, capacity building or service delivery in the governance area. All these interventions have contributed to the success of the overall programme that we want to celebrate today". (Click here for his full statement pdf - 19 KB [19 KB] )

The Civil Society Fund (CSF) in Ethiopia is a joint initiative of the European Union Delegation and the government of Ethiopia and has been implemented for the last six years since its launching in 2006.

The Civil Society Fund is inspired by the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries which includes special provisions to involve civil society in the EU-ACP cooperation.

The current Civil Society Fund comes to an end in March 2012 and aimed to promote a stable and democratic political environment through the integration of all sections of the society into mainstream political, economic and social life. It supported more than 50 grant projects with a total value of 10 million Euros and reached more than 400 Ethiopian Civil Society organizations and their constituencies.

The workshop provided a forum for all its beneficiary CSOs, government representatives and development partners to come together and celebrate the success as well as to take stock of the challenges and lessons learnt. This forum also further informed the upcoming Civil Society Fund II which is anticipated to commence during the second quarter of the year 2012. To this effect, selected Civil Society organizations presented their experience and a discussion was held on lessons learnt and expectations for the upcoming CSF II.

 Government and EU officials as well as representatives of civil society organizations attended the workshop.