CCRDA Celebrates NGOs/CSOs Good Practice Day
CCRDA warmly celebrated NGOs/CSOs Good Practice Day on November 26, 2015 at its headquarters. President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) Dr Mulatu Teshome and ministers were in attendance at the event along with representatives of donors and members CSOs of CCRDA.
Upon his arrival President Dr Mulatu Teshome visited an exhibition that showcased activities of CCRDA members, which was part of the biggest annual event of CCRDA. Member organizations of CCRDA displayed pictures, films, publications, products … that show their different activities.
Speaking on the occasion President Dr Mulatu Teshome congratulated and appreciated the winners of the competition for their more concrete life changing interventions. He said that such an event would strengthen relationship between the government and the NGO/CSO sector by creating an opportunity to understand each and share knowledge and experiences. He noted that a more concerted development endeavor of several development actors would make a meaningful change in the lives of Ethiopian citizens.
While visiting the exhibition
Minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoralist Area Development, Kassa Teklebirhan, on his part said the government would strengthen its partnership with the CSO sector with a spirit of ensuring development in the country.
Planning Commission Deputy Commissioner, Dr Abraham Tekeste said the government is committed to facilitate the meaningful participation of the sector in the development efforts at all levels.
CCRDA Executive Director Dr Meshesha Shewarega on his part recalled that this year’s Good Practice Day is being held for fourth time. He said that the civil society sector is still wrestling with hosts of problems that have to be vigorously addressed primarily by the sector itself and complimentarily by the Government. He noted that CCRDA has been spearheading the effort of augmenting the sector’s self-regulation in the form of enhancing ethics, good-governance as well as inward and outward accountability. The executive director further said that while the present efforts for enhancement of ethics, accountability and self-regulation within the sector is encouraging, the sector, given its early juncture of institutional development and limited capacity, still requires persistent incubation, relentless supports, extended empathy and further enabling environment.
Dr Meshesha on the occasion thanked CCRDA’s donors. He said, “CCRDA and its members would particularly like to express our deepest gratitude to the Bread for the World of Germany, Danish Church Aid, CAFOD, SCIAF and TROCAIR Joint Office, Christian Aid, USAID/CORE GROUP, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, GAVI Alliance/MoH, Federal HAPCO, Helevetas and Action Aid Ethiopia office. You deserve our deepest appreciation. We also thank WHO, EUCSF and CSSP for their project-based supports. We do not forget the support we received in the past from the GG, PCI, IAE and SIDA. We hope that time and opportunity will come again to jointly serve our citizens.”
Thirty six organizations participated in the Good Practice competition and ten of them were given recognition for their outstanding projects. Ethiopian Orthodox Church-DICAC, Oromo Self Help Organization (OSHO), Send a Cow, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus-DASSC, Ethiopian Catholic Church-SDCO, Relief Society of Tigray (REST), Amref Health Africa, Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE), Imagine 1 Day, Ratson Women Youth and Children Development Program stood first to tenth. Those that organizations that stood from seventh to tenth were awarded certificates by Minster of Federal Affairs and Pastoralist Area Development, Kassa Teklebirhan. The top six organizations took trophies, medals and certificates from the guest of Honor FDRE President Dr MulatuTeshome.
Also CCRDA awarded a medal to Mrs Phagisile Mitshali for her service to humanity in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Mtshali received the medal from President Dr Mulatu Teshome
Mrs Phagisile Mitshali receiving the medal from President Dr Mulatu
In the afternoon, the 2012 and 2013 contribution reports of members of CCRDA and CSO Journal Volume III were officially released. A panel discussion on “Implications of SDGs and GTP II on CSOs” was held in the afternoon. Representatives from CCRDA, EU, UNDP and the private sector participated in the discussion.//