Executive Director of CCRDA Expressed Concern over the Performance of the CSO Sector
Dr Meshesha Shewarega speaking about current NGO operating scene
Executive Director of CCRDA Dr Meshesha Shewarega expressed concern over the situation of the CSO sector. While updating participants of the 243rd General Assembly meeting about the current NGOs/CSOs operating scene, the Executive Director said more and more CSOs have become unable to renew their licenses. He disclosed that 58 CSOs were closed in last quarter of 2015.
“At CCRDA we are highly concerned about this and are engaging with Charities and Societies Agency. We are going to have a desk to help members in renewing their licenses and for other processes,” Dr Meshesha said.
Dr Meshesha mentioned as an issue of concern Charities and Societies Agency’s new plan regarding international NGOs that provide funds to local NGOs for project implementation. He said ChSA is planning that such NGOs do the project implementation themselves. If local NGOs cannot get funds from them, they are likely to be closed which will be a problem for the CSO sector.
Regarding CCRDA’s response to the current drought, Dr Meshesha said the Consortium summoned those member organizations that work in the humanitarian area and looked into the physical and financial space and established a task force to coordinate CCRDA members and non-members.
Some of the participants
The Executive Director also told the participants that CCRDA has become a member of the National Council that coordinates the Urban Food Security and Production Safety Net Program that was designed by the government. He said CCRDA has studied what resource space is available for NGOs to implement the program and made it inclusive to CSOs working in the area of alleviating urban poverty.