CSRC Updates

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.