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.

Leveraging AGOA for CSO Advocacy "Labour Rights of Industry Park Workers" Strategic Engagement Meeting

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.