Call to Service: Research Consultant

The CSRC is looking for a Research Consultant to conduct research on a baseline study titled “Unionization in Industrial Parks: the case on Hawassa Industrial Parks”. The consultant will be engaged from July 25, 2022, to October 5, 2022.

Interested parties will send their CV to contact@csrc-et.org before 5 pm on July 15, 2022.

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2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition: FINALS

On Sunday 15th May 2022, the Civil Society Resource Center, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung under its Flight and Migration Competence Center project line (FES-FMCC) organized and hosted the 2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition FINAL.

The Winners of the 2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition were Addis Ababa University. The second runner-ups were Arsi University. The first-runner ups were Arba Minch University. The winners of the best memorial were Arba Minch University and the winner of the best oralist was Bontu Mulugeta from Arsi University. 

2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition: SEMI-FINAL

On Saturday 14th May 2022, the Civil Society Resource Center, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung under its Flight and Migration Competence Center project line (FES-FMCC) organized and hosted the 2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition SEMI-FINAL. 

The winning teams (Addis Ababa University and Arba Minch University) have made it through to the final by knockout.

2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition: QUARTER-FINAL

On Friday 13th May 2022, the Civil Society Resource Center, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung under its Flight and Migration Competence Center project line (FES-FMCC) organized and hosted the 2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition QUARTER-FINAL. 

The winning teams (Addis Ababa University, Arba Minch University, Arsi University, and Dilla University) have made it through to the semi-final by an aggregate score.

2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition: BOOT CAMP

On Thursday 12th May 2022, the Civil Society Resource Center, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung under its Flight and Migration Competence Center project line (FES-FMCC) organized and hosted a boot-camp training on refugee law for the participating teams.

The morning session, which was conducted by Dr. Yonas Birmeta, explored the legal framework for refugee law and the defining elements of a refugee. The participants were also given time to raise questions and discuss in groups.

For the afternoon session, the consulting judge Mr. Aytenew Debebe, and CSRC Mentorship and Capacity-building Officer Abebaye Asrat briefed the teams on the rule of procedure for the 2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition.

2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition: OPENING CEREMONY

On Wednesday 11th May 2022, the Civil Society Resource Center, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung under its Flight and Migration Competence Center project line (FES-FMCC), and Hawassa University-College of Law and Governance Studies, commenced the opening ceremony for the 2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition at Rori Hotel. 

The ceremony consisted of speeches from CSRC staff, FES-FMCC representatives, and guest speakers introducing the events to follow. Participants also had a chance to introduce themselves.

2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition: ONLINE WORKSHOP

On Friday 15th April 2022, the Civil Society Resource Center, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung under its Flight and Migration Competence Center project line (FES-FMCC), and Hawassa University-College of Law and Governance Studies, organized and hosted an online workshop that will provide the participants of the 2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition with an overview of relevant mooting skills. 

This session began with a presentation from the guest speaker, Yonas Birmeta. followed by a panel discussion with previous mooters, Hamrawi Kelemu, Darik Tsegaye, and Atran Tadesse about their experience during their moot court competition.

They shared with the participants their perspectives, anecdotes, and advice on how to approach the moot court competition, followed by a short Q&A with the panelists and the participants of the 2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition.

On Monday 11th April 2022, the Civil Society Resource Center, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung under its Flight and Migration Competence Center project line (FES-FMCC), and Hawassa University-College of Law and Governance Studies, organized and hosted an online workshop that will provide the participants of the 2022 National Refugee Law Moot Court Competition with an overview of relevant mooting skills. 

This session was introduced by Eyerusalem Belay from CSRC and Elshadai Amir from FES-FMCC, followed by a presentation from the guest speaker, Yonas Birmeta. The session was concluded by a Q&A section with Yonas and the participants.

EVALUATION EVENT: Mentorship and Capacity-building Training Program: Organizations working on Disability Rights/Association of Persons with Disabilities

The CSRC – with support from the Civil Society Support Programme Phase 2 (CSSPP2)IrishAid, UKAid, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa – held an evaluation event and final ceremony for both cohorts of the mentorship and capacity-building training for organizations working on disabilities /associations of persons with disabilities on February 25th, 2022.

This event followed the two weeks when both cohorts developed and executed their advocacy campaigns, and was introduced by Eyerusalem Belay, our Program Officer, who led the discussion evaluating and reflecting on the training program and advocacy campaigns, followed by Yilkal Hassabie who spoke about successful advocacy for disability rights and reviewed the advocacy campaigns conducted by the two cohorts.

The event was closed by the distribution of the participants’ certificates of participation.

 

 

WEEK 2 Mentorship and Capacity-building Training Program: SECOND COHORT of Organizations working on Disability Rights/Association of Persons with Disabilities

The CSRC – with support from the Civil Society Support Programme Phase 2 (CSSPP2)IrishAid, UKAid, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa – is continuing on with the mentorship and capacity-building training for the second cohort of organizations working on disability rights and associations of persons with disabilities, between the January 31st – February 5th.

The first day of the training program was led by Eyerusalem Belay, our Program Officer, and focused on the Ethiopian civic space, networking and stakeholder management

 

On the second day (February 1st) of the training program, the second cohort took part in a session on financial management and organizational structure that was led by Tibebu Bogale.

On February 2nd, the third day of the training program with the second cohort, the participants took part in a session on proposal writing, led by Eyerusalem Belay.

On February 3rd, the fourth day of the training program with the second cohort, the participants took part in a session on advocacy, led by Befekadu Hailu.

On February 4th, the fifth day of the training program with the second cohort, the participants took part in a session on gender and disability sensitivity, led by Mihere Nigussie.

The second half of the day’s training focused on the importance of building a social media presence as a CSO and was led by our mentorship and capacity-building officer, Abebaye Asrat.

For the final day of the mentorship and capacity-building training program with the second cohort of organizations working on disability rights/associations of persons with disabilities. the participants were given a chance to reflect on the events of the past week and were able to brainstorm and workshop their online advocacy campaign plans.

WEEK 1 Mentorship and Capacity-building Training Program: FIRST COHORT of Organizations working on Disability Rights/Association of Persons with Disabilities

The CSRC – with support from the Civil Society Support Programme Phase 2 (CSSPP2),  IrishAid, UKAid, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa – is hosting a six-day mentorship and capacity-building training for organizations working on disability rights and associations of persons with disabilities, between the January 24th – January 29th. This is the first of two cohorts.

For the first day of the training program, participants learned about the Ethiopian civic space and networking and stakeholder management. This training was led by Eyerusalem Belay, our Program Officer.

On January 25th the first cohort took part in the second day of the training program, focusing on financial management and organizational structure, and was led by Tibebu Bogale.

The third day of the training program, on January 26th, focused on Advocacy and was led by Befekadu Hailu

The fourth day of the training program, held on January 27th, focused on proposal writing and was led by Eyerusalem Belay.

The fifth day of the training program, held on January 28th, focused on gender and disability sensitivity and was led by Miheret Nigussie. 

 

For the final day of the training program with the first cohort, on January 29th, the participants took this time to reflect on what they had learned from the past week and had the opportunity to workshop their online advocacy campaign ideas. This final session was led by Eyerusalem Belay.

Strategic and Targeted Mentorship Program: Gender Sensitivity

On December 23, 2021, the Civil Society Resource Center, in partnership with the African Civil Leadership Program (ACLP) and TIMRAN, held a training on gender sensitivity as part of the Strategic and Targeted Mentorship and Training Program. This session was led by Eyerusalem Solomon, the Executive Director of TIMRAN.

Members of the cohort learned about gender and the various legal frameworks that protect women’s rights in Ethiopia. Each participant weighed in on ways their organization can be more gender-inclusive.

Strategic and Targeted Mentorship Program: Disability Sensitivity and the Civil society Proclamation No.1113/2019

On December 2, 2021, the Civil Society Resource Center (CSRC), in partnership with the African Civil Leadership Program (ACLP) and Ethiopian Lawyers with Disabilities Association(ELDA), held a training on Disability Sensitivity and the Civil society Proclamation No.1113/2019 as part of the Strategic and Targeted Mentorship and Training Program. This session was led by Musie Tilahun, the Executive Director of ELDA, and the CSRC/ACLP team.

Members of the cohort learned about different types of disabilities, the challenges in Ethiopia, and how to be more inclusive. Each participant learned practical tools of inclusion that must be applied in their work. Attendees also had the chance to learn about the new CSO law, its difference with Proclamation No. 621 of 2009, and the requirements of reporting.

Strategic and Targeted Mentorship Program: Advocacy Training

On November 17, 2021, the Civil Society Resource Center (CSRC), in partnership with the African Civil Leadership Program (ACLP), held a training session on advocacy as part of the Strategic and Targeted Mentorship and Training Program. This session was led by Befekadu Hailu, a renowned expert on the topic.

Members of the cohort learned about new and creative ways of stakeholder mapping, the importance of communication, and conducting strategic advocacy. Each participant drafted an elevator pitch that thoroughly distinguished and described their organization.

 

Strategic and Targeted Mentorship Program: Innovative Funding and Grantwriting Training

On October 15 & 16, 2021, the Civil Society Resource Center, in partnership with the African Civil Leadership Program (ACLP), held a two-day training program on Innovative Funding and Grantwriting as part of the Strategic and Targeted Mentorship and Training Program. This session was led by Meron Aragaw, a renowned expert on the topic.

Members of the cohort learned about new and creative ways of raising funds and building sustainable relationships with donors and partners. Each participant drafted a concept note and a proposal that was later reviewed by everyone in attendance. these draft proposals and concept notes will be developed to be fully-fledged documents that will be submitted to donors.

Strategic and Targeted Mentorship and Training Program: Training on social media management

On September 18th, 2021, the Civil Society Resource Center (CSRC) held a training session on social media management for members of the third cohort of the Strategic and Targeted Mentorship and Training Program. The training highlighted the importance of using social media for CSOs and the need for its incorporation in every activity.

The representatives shared their experiences of using social media as CSOs, and they conducted an audit of their social media accounts and the followers and engagements the accounts have.

During the final session, the trainees created a draft social media strategy that will be finalized and implemented throughout the training and mentorship program.

Orientation and kick-off event for the 3rd Cohort of Strategic and Targeted Mentorship and Training Program

On September 1st, 2021, the Civil Society Resource Center (CSRC) launched its third cohort of Emerging and New Civil Society Strategic and Targeted Mentorship and Training Program. This annual 10-month CSRC flagship program is run in collaboration with the African Civic Leadership Program (ACLP) and exists to host, mentor, and launch the selected emerging CSOs under each cohort. In addition to intensive training and mentorship sessions, CSRC will provide a working space, technical expertise, and research support.

This third cohort, which includes eight selected CSOs, is the largest and most diverse group of CSOs selected to date. Members of the cohort work on various causes such as gender equality, climate justice, disability inclusion, and justice, and labor rights. During the introductory meeting, representatives of these organizations introduced themselves and their respective organizations. And, an overview of the program and its benefits were discussed.

Executive Civil Society Leadership Program (ECSLP)Pilot Workshop

The Civil Society Resource Center (CSRC) and The African Civic Leadership Program (ACLP) are announcing a pilot workshop on the Executive Civil Society Leadership Program (ECSLP).

The workshop will be held from Wednesday 14th July to Wednesday 21st July at the CSRC office, located on the 4th Floor of the Afomi building (behind the Friendship Business Center)

This training workshop is a short-term executive program that aims to enhance the skills, knowledge, and commitment of CSO leaders and staff. The workshop will be divided into seven unique modules spread across seven days, all facilitated by individuals specializing in their respective fields.

The modules include:

  • Ethiopia’s legal regime and international instruments on human rights and CSOs;
  • General management skills;
  • Project design and strategic analysis for CSOs
  • Human resource management and development in CSOs;
  • CSO fundraising;
  • Evidence-based advocacy;
  • Human rights monitoring and report-writing

Those who attend the workshop for the full seven days will receive a certificate of completion.

 

 

 

Executive Civil Society Leadership Program (ECSLP)'Training of Trainers' module Validation Workshop

On July 3rd, 2021, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, the CSRC hosted a validation workshop for the ECSLP’s ‘Training of Trainers’ manual at Jupiter Hotel. The ECSLP is a training program that aims to enhance the skills knowledge and commitment of CSO leaders and staff in Ethiopia.

The workshop was attended by 15 guests consisting of newly established CSOs and experienced CSO members focusing on women’s and children’s rights, the rights of youth with disabilities, human rights research and communications. Also in attendance were law students interested in civil society work in Ethiopia.

The workshop was commenced by CSRC Capacity and Mentorship-building Manager, Abebaye Asrat, who introduced the speakers. Ato Ameha, CSRC board chair, began the workshop with a welcoming speech and introduced Dr.  Elias, the module developer, who then proceeded with his presentation.

The presentation addressed the elements of the ‘training of trainers’ manual, that is based on the ‘Needs Assessment Survey’ which revealed significant knowledge and skill gaps within CSOs in Ethiopia. The manual aims to address how these issues can be tackled through training CSO leaders, who can then train CSO members.

After a brief break, the floor was open for a discussion between the speakers and the attendees offering constructive feedback on the manual. Dr Elias and Ato Ameha responded to comments and questions posed by the attendees before concluding the workshop.