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Migration and Human Trafficking Discussed among Various Stakeholders

The CCRDA Children and Youth Welfare Development Forum, organized a one day panel discussion with the topic Contributing Factors and Consequences of Cross Border Migration and Human Trafficking in Ethiopia, and Possible Measures That Can Be Taken by Concerned Sectors with the concerned government authorities, private sector and CSO’s.

The main objectives of the panel discussion were to identify and clear the push factors and current feature of cross border migration and human trafficking in Ethiopia, and forward possible solutions with responsibilities of different sectors, to assess and clear the contributing factors and current feature of young Ethiopians' intention for cross boarder migration, to overview policy issues with regard to youth employment and its major gaps, to come up with the way forward on how to prevent cross border migration and human trafficking and to enhance the involvement of the government, CSO’s, bilateral and multilateral stakeholders, the private sector and the community at large.

Regassa Aboma, Director of the CCRDA Membership Development and Networking Core Team, in his opening remark said that the panel discussion was organized to facilitate discussion among stakeholders to deliberate on the looming migration and human trafficking challenges in Ethiopia.

Eden Teklay from International Labor organization (ILO) made a presentation on Cross Border Migration and Human Trafficking. Sileshi Tadesse, from Ministry of Women Youth and children Affairs had presentation on Policies and Strategies Implemented by Government on Youth Employment and Challenges. Another presentation on Determinants and Impacts of Migration and Human Trafficking in Ethiopia was also presented by Dr Teferi Mekonnen.

After thorough deliberation on three presentations the workshop participants underlined the need for establishing a task force by main actors like CSOs and GOs to find solutions to the issue of migration, to encourage religious leaders to involve in awareness raising and education, to create more jobs, and for media to play greater role in raising awareness on issues of human trafficking and illegal migration. The participants also emphasized the need for family planning to balance population growth with the country’s economic development.

After they agreed on the way forward, the participants elected the task force members who are responsible to take the initiative forward. The workshop was organized with the financial support of European Union Civil Society Fund (EUCSF II).



A half day consultative meeting on the performance of GTP I and prospects of GTP II was organized at the training centre of CCRDA

May 21, 2015

A half day consultative meeting on the performance of GTP I and prospects of GTP II was organized at the training centre of CCRDA on May 21, 2015 for members and partners working in Oromia region and Addis Ababa City Administration. On the occasion, representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and a private consultant delivered presentations on the performance of GTP I and major pillars of GTP II.


Following the presentations, participants reflected on the performance of GTP I with respect to thematic and sectoral areas of relevance to the broader civil society sector. While acknowledging progresses and achievements in major strategic areas, the participants highlighted aspects where more emphasis and actions are needed in the forthcoming second phase of the GTP.  Among others, the participants suggested more should be done in making the decentralization operational, in promoting inclusive development coordination and growth, promoting gender equality, social protection, migration, youth development and partnership.

Also, diversifying income generating activities, employment creation, and expansion of social infrastructure with due emphasis on quality, have been discussed in depth during the half day session. Participants have commented that the consultative meeting has offered a good opportunity to initiate “review meetings on GTP I at regional levels prior to the launching of GTPII”. They have indicated also that “as a country wide plan, GTP II shall consider the inputs from CSOs for a better impact”. Meanwhile, the CCRDA representative said that “similar platforms would be organized at regional levels for CCRDA members and other partners to solicit input for GTP II’’.

A total of 46 member organizations and partners have attended the consultative meeting which was technically and financially supported by the European Union Civil Society Fund (EU CSFII).  Major recommendations made will be shortly posted on the CCRDA website ( and Facebook address ( and we welcome inputs from members and others to enrich the final output, which will be shared with stakeholders during a forthcoming event on GTP II.

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