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Good Practice Competition for Humanitarian Response Projects

(Deadline October 6, 2017)

Dear CCRDA Member,

CCRDA is pleased to announce to its members that it has organized Good Practice Competition in the area of humanitarian response.

To be part of the Humanitarian Response Good Practice Competition, you only need to write a 2-5 pages information about your Humanitarian Response good practice either in Amharic or English, and submit it through email addresses This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it & This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or bring the hard copy in person at CCRDA headquarter office number 202 or 106. The deadline for submission of the good practice document is October 6, 2017.

If you win in this competition, your best practice will be documented and recorded. You will also attract donors’ attention and win their trust, build the good image of your organization and the NGO sector in general, and share your good practice for further scaling up by other stakeholders.

The 2-5 pages good practice document should include brief explanation about your project under the following topics:

  • Background (some basic information about the project that you submit as good practice)
  • Innovativeness
  • Scalability
  • Sustainability
  • Gender sensitivity and inclusiveness
  • Programmatic alliance to national and international plans
  • Outcome/Impact
  • Networking and partnership (with various stakeholders in the course of implementing the good practice)

The good practice you submit for the competition may not score high ranks in all of these evaluation criteria, but it can still compete and win. If you need any support in writing the good practice document, please call at: 0114390322 Ext 225, or 0114393137 or 0911514040. We have attached you details of the evaluation criteria and a sample good practice document.

Be part of the OVC Good Practice Competition and win!

With Regards,




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Executive Community Leadership

The Department of Management, College of Business  and Economics  of  Addis Ababa University and HLK of Jonkoping University, Sweden together are offering a one year Certification Program in Executive Community Leadership. Graduates enjoy two certificates from the two universities.

Training Duration: One Year, Minimum of 20 intermittent night stay at executive level training centres or Hotels with lunch and dinner included.

Certification: Double Certification from AAU, Ethiopia and JU, Sweden.

Application Fee: Birr 200

Tuition and Accommodation Fee: Birr 35,000 only

Scholarship: Merit based scholarship may be available. However, priority will be given to those applicants who can pay the full tuition and accommodation fee

Admission Criteria:

  • University Degree
  • At least two years managerial experience in legally registered NGO/Civic Society Organization
  • Letter of guarantee from employer (NGO/Civic Society Organization) for full participation
  • Letter of guarantee for funding
  • Passing of entrance exam

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Merger Said to be Better Than Closure

Participants of the CCRDA Leadership Forum meeting in Adama

Participants of the Leadership Forum meeting held in Adama, on August 3 and 4, 2017 concluded that merging with another NGO is a better option than closing an organization.

During the meeting, it was disclosed that over 600 CSOs were closed in the past few years and most have not considered merging with similar other CSOs when they decided to be closed. Ethiopian Catholic Church-Social Development Coordination Office (ECC-SDCO) and Research Inspired Policy and Practicing in Ethiopia (RIPPLE) shared their merger experience on the occasion.

Representing the two organizations, Bekele Moges, Director of the ECC-SDCO, had a presentation on the various important issues needed for merging. Speaking about the legal framework, he said the two organizations merged based on the Ethiopian NGO Proclamation No. 621/2009, Article 106, which says “Two or more Charities or Societies may merge into one under a new name or under the name of one of the former Charity or Society.”

Bekele Moges, Director of Ethiopian Catholic Church-Social Development Coordination Office

Concerning the requirement for merging, he underlined the need for active registration or renewal of registration, the decision of the two organizations to merge, submission of the merging request and updated documents to Charities License Registration and Renewal  Directorate, decision of both Board of Management on the new naming of the merged charity and society and the inclusion of merging and dissolvent article in the statute among others.

As procedures for merging, Bekele Moges, stressed the need for clearing all debts, liabilities and pending issues of both merging CSOs or agree the effects of dissolution, and if there is no claimant on the merging after a newspaper announcement by ChSA, the agency writes approval letter to concerned bodies and previous registration will be returned, and bank accounts will be closed.

Handing over of merged documentation and properties, re-employment of staff, changing of property ownership and property deeds and change address of website, email and postal services are what will be done during the implementation of the merger, Bekele explained. Only three staff members of RIPPLE were employed by ECC-SDCO after the merger, Bekele said.

According to Bekele, new knowledge, skills and experience of human resources, additional assets and properties, complementing of ideas, resources, projects and partners and good reputations are some of the opportunities of merging.

As challenges of merging he mentioned the difficulty of finding a partner to merge with that has similar shared values, vision and mission. He said he was the board member of RIPPLE and he was closely observing when the organization was struggling to survive it was much simpler to merge it with ECC-SDCO. He said the merging process took time and required additional resource, which is also a challenge for CSOs to merge. And he said it is also a problem if the two CSOs are not transparent enough regarding their liabilities. He further said that there could also be difficulty to fit some staff to the new organization by creating new vacant position. According to Bekele, the resource needed to cover liabilities of merged organization is also another challenge.

The participants concluded that the fact that the two organizations had had strong relationships before the merger helped them a lot to remove the hurdles to effect the merger. But they appreciated the two organizations’ for sharing their experience. They also underlined that it is better for CSOs on the verge of closure to merge than to close so that they could continue making contributions for the development of the country.


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