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CCRDA Bids Farewell to Elise Jensen


CCRDA bid farewell to Ms Elise Jensen, Health Office Director of USAID in the presence of Dr. Kebede Worku of State Minister of Health, Dr. Agedewe Reddie, and Deputy Board Chair of CCRDA, Dr. Meshesha Shewarega, Executive Director of CCRDA and other invited guests from CSOs.

On the occasion, Dr. Kebede Worku noted that the Ministry of Health (MoH) had good relation with Elise Jensen personally and USAID institutionally during her tenure.

“We couldn’t have provided hope to many of our compatriots without the support of USAID, which was realized due to the strong commitment of Jensen” Dr. Kebede remarked. Likewise, Dr. Meshesha Shewarega expressed his gratitude to Elise Jensen for supporting CSOs working on health and nutrition related activities. “As Co-chair of the CCM, we have had a good time with Jensen. On behalf of CSOs, I would like to thank Ms Jensen for everything she did to support CSOs,” the CCRDA Executive Director said on the occasion.

Elise Jensen on her part said, “While I was working in USAID, I have unforgettable memories of speaking with communities and children about their life. That memory has always been lurking in my mind”.

Two representatives of CSOs have also expressed their gratitude to USAID for its support in health, nutrition and related activities. Representing CCRDA Board, Dr. Agedew Redie, remarked that Ms Elise Jensen has a good attribute of a development worker.

Dr. Kebede Worku handed over certificate of appreciation to Elise Jensen in recognition of her commendable support to CSOs while working as Health Office Director of USAID.


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).


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