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CCRDA Celebrates Good Practice Day

Dr. Meshesha Shewarega, ED of CCRDA while delivering speech  The first place winner, BBBC, receiving the award from the President

The Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA) celebrated NGOs Good Practice Day on December 28, 2018. President of FDRE, Dr. Mulatu Teshome, opened the exhibition in which members of CCRDA showed their activities.

Also on the occasion award trophies were awarded to winners of the main CCRDA Good Practice Competition and winners of the competition among projects implemented to support orphan and vulnerable children. Bole Bible Baptist Church, ASDA, EECMY-DASSC, ORDA, Self Help Africa won the top five positions in the main Good Practice Competition. Bethany Christian Services Global, Retrak Ethiopia, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, ChildFund, Kulich Youth Reproductive Health and Development Organization, Meseret Humanitarian Organization were the top five winners of the competition among projects implemented to support orphan and vulnerable children.

H.E. Dr. Kebede Worku, State Minister, Federal Ministry of Health while delivering speech

 

In his opening speech, CCRDA Executive Director, Dr. Meshehsa Shewarega said CCRDA member organizations invested between 7 to 11 billion birr annually between 2011 and 2016 fiscal years. “This money has been allocated for key priorities delineated in the Growth and Transformation Plan and the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

 

Bethany after receiving the award from the Plan Commissioner Dr. Yinager Dessie

Over its 45 years of existence, CCRDA has always focused on tackling social problems, he noted. Under its second Strategic Plan, the Consortium is aspiring to improve its membership quality, enlarge and further broaden its membership base and double its total portfolio by expanding its sectoral focus and enlarging its donor’s base, he added.

Dr. Meshesha further said that the CSO/NGO sector has the potential for the promotion of peace, tolerance and peaceful coexistence of various ethnic groups and can make an important contribution in finding solution to the current challenges of interethnic conflicts.

The guest of honor, President Dr. Mulatu Teshome on his part said that various evidences invariably testify that charities operating in Ethiopia are making significant contributions in the multifaceted national and regional efforts of transforming the socio-economic conditions of our people. Yet, he said, given the unbridled socio- economic problems, the charities operating in Ethiopia are expected to strengthen their institutional governance, further improve program and financial management competence, rise their institutional credibility and harmonize their efforts and align their programs with national development frameworks and the UN Sustainable Development Goals in consideration of the national and regional contexts and peculiarities.

One of the winners of special humanitarian award, Tsige Haile, receiving a gold medal from the President

Dr. Mulatu underlined the need for more enabling environment for smooth CSOs/NGOs operation. “The government is open for constructive engagements and dialogues, as demonstrated on recently held national government-NGOs dialogues organized by the Center for Democratization under the auspices of the Prime Minister's Office. These dialogues are unfolding within the endeavors of deep renewal process commenced by the government. In this connection, I am appreciative of CCRDA's pivotal role of serving as a bridge between the government and NGO/CSO sector with lofty purpose of creating better understanding and strengthening Government and NGO development partnership. I would like to express my gratitude to donor partners of CCRDA for your consistent supports that enabled CCRDA engage on various development undertakings through its more than 400 member organizations,” he said.

He finally thanked CCRDA and its donor partners for organizing this important event and called upon the relevant government sector offices and bilateral and multilateral development partners to consider possibilities of scaling up of these best practices as deemed appropriate. And he reaffirmed the commitment of the government to support CSOs/NGOs in their efforts of serving the community.

Also on the occasion special humanitarian award was given to Executive Director of Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE, Tseige Haile, State Minister of Health, Dr. Kebede Worku and, Chief Adviser of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Yemisrach Belayneh.

 

CCCRDA Establishes Humanitarian Forum

Participants of the meeting organized to establish CCRDA Humanitarian Forum

The Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA) established Humanitarian Forum on September 7, 2017.

The participants of the meeting organized by CCRDA to establish the forum unanimously appreciated CCRDA for taking the initiative to establish the forum. They all emphasized the need for the forum at a time where natural disasters occur more frequently than ever and when there is a need for localization of aid.

CCRDA Executive Director, Dr. Meshesha Shewarega said CSOs, particularly local NGOs, have challenges in addressing humanitarian crisis. He said CCRDA had included the Humanitarian Forum in its 2016-2020 strategic plan understanding the importance of the active involvement of CSOs in humanitarian issues. He noted that the global humanitarian architecture largely favors and supports INGOs. The Humanitarian Forum is important to build the capacity of local CSOs for they are in a better position for local resilience building.

Dr Meshehsa Shewarega

Country Representative of Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, Dr. Feleke Tadele, said humanitarian response requires local resource mobilization. He further said that localization of aid is needed because heavily depending on International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) could make disasters to get out of hand and cause more destruction. He underscored the need for CSOs to work constructively with the government.

Helen Asnake from Christian Aid in her presentation noted that over the years major actors in global humanitarian system including UN agencies, USAID, INGOS had contributed 30 billion dollars to humanitarian needs; and, she added, only 2% of the 30 billion birr went to local actors. She stressed the need for localization of aid for local actors are in the country (close to their people) and can quickly respond during critical hours. “We need to bring forth local actors,” Helen said.

Helen Asnake from Christian Aid

Daniel Gebremedhin from CAFOD, SCIAF, TROCAIR (CST), also underlined the need to shift the power to local actors as they are close to the problem. He said CST has a project aimed at shifting the power to local actors and is working with local partners.

During their discussion the participants of the meeting agreed that the establishment of the Humanitarian Forum by CCRDA was important and timely. They underlined that the forum would broaden its members’ engagement with the UN, the government, INGOs, the private sector as well as Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

Yibrah from relief Society of Tigray (REST) said that it was high time to establish the forum as the world is being affected by climate change more than ever and humanitarian crisis is rampant as a result. He said REST had already built its capacity in providing humanitarian support because it is close to the community and because it has strong ties with government bodies. Governments in some countries like India give NGOs the responsibility to provide humanitarian assistance and monitor them, he added. He further noted that the relationship between INGOs and local NGOs should also be strengthened.

While concluding the meeting Dr. Meshesha Shewarega said through the Humanitarian Forum CCRDA plans to build the capacity of local NGOs, avoid duplication of efforts, constructively engage with the government regarding localization of aid, work with local NGOs for local resilience building, and create a better space for local resource mobilization as dependency on international support is not a sustainable way of addressing humanitarian issues.

The participants finally selected the steering committee members of the CCRDA Humanitarian Forum.

 
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