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Technical assistance unit for the Civil Society Fund II

Governance and Economic Development
EU Delegation to Ethiopia
Donor Organisation: 
European Commission (EC)
Associated Enterprises: 
VNG International
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
October, 2012
End of project: 
December, 2018

The Civil Society Fund II (CSF II) is a programme in support of capacity building for Non-State Actors (NSAs) to implement the Ethiopia's 10th EDF allocation earmarked for NSA support. Out of the total budget, € 4,1m are allocated to a "Civil Society Fund" that provides grant support through Calls For Proposals (CfP) for various categories of NSAs.

The project strategy combines grant and non-grant forms of support to civil society. The Grant Component will enable a wider range of CSOs to engage directly in governance and development. The CfP launched under the programme as targeted to ensure that such activities are also developed in emerging regions and in priority sectors of Government of Ethiopia-EU cooperation, such as private sector development (incl women entrepreneurship), environmental advocacy and governance, climate policy, and rural development policies.

Among the target groups are the vulnerable and marginalised segments of society. The mainstreaming of rights of marginalised groups, gender equality and good governance will be encouraged by applicants. More specifically, the promotion of women’s involvement at all levels of project implementation will be emphasised.

Project details


Overall objective: The overall objective of the CSF II is to increase and improve NSAs role in the national development and democratisation process.

Specific objective: The purpose of the Civil Society Fund II is to increase NSAs capacity to engage in governance and development activities. It is anticipated that by providing grant and non-grant support to NSAs, the human, material and technical capacities of civil society will increase and their sustainability, accountability and constituency will improve. This will lead to a situation of enhanced contribution, participation and engagement of NSAs in governance and development activities.


CSF II is managing 18 grant contracts to Ethiopian civil society organisations (CSOs) worth €3.646 million, out of which the EU contributes about 91.3%, i.e. €3.3 million. The projects run for 18-24 months up to beginning of 2016 and are currently implemented in all the regions and the two city administrations of Ethiopia by 18 CSOs, involving a total 30 CSOs as partners.

1. Technical and Administrative Assistance to the EU Delegation

  • Assist the EU Delegation (EUD) with the day-to-day administration of the Civil Society Fund in line with the FA and relevant EDF procedures;
  • Prepare and submit technical and financial reports on the programme implementation to the EUD;
  • Submit annual work programmes and cost estimates to the EUD and the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) for approval;
  • Monitor and evaluate the programme, report on its performance, refine monitoring and evaluation indicators;
  • Prepare CfP and assist with their administration in accordance with the mandate given by PSC and EUD;
  • Maintain contacts with contractors, follow-up of contractual aspects, invoices, narrative and financial reports, information on applicable rules and formats, visibility requirements, etc.

2. Policy Advice to the EU Delegation and Co-ordination

  • Assist with regular dialogue and networking with other national and international donors to ensure synergies and coordination;
  • Facilitate efforts to improve the targeting and coordination of EU funds to the CSOs in various sectors in order to improve the impact of the EU actions, notably contribute to the work of the DAG Civil Society Donor Group;
  • Provide information and analysis to the EUD as regards the civil societysector and how EU can best contribute to its development;
  • Encourage regular contacts and partnership with government to strengthen CSOs participation in policy formulation and development programmes.

3. Information and Support to Non-State Actors

  • Provide technical support to grant beneficiaries in the implementation of their grant contracts; provide help-desk function and information point;
  • Prepare, implement and refine, if applicable, the communication and visibility strategy for the programme to ensure wider participation and dissemination of programme activities and visibility of the programme;
  • Carry out advocacy, information and outreach role to the wider civil society sector, including through the participation in and organisation of workshops and conferences;
  • Provide support to potential beneficiary CSOs, particularly those in rural or remote areas to understand and gain access to funding and other capacity building support.

4. Secretariat to the PSC

  • Organise and support PSC meetings and act as the PSC’s Secretariat.

Results to be achieved: The provision of Technical Assistance is an integral part of the Civil Society Fund II. Together with the allocation of grants for NSAs and the technical and administrative support to the EU Delegation, the Technical Assistance is expected to enable reaching the following results:

  • Result 1: Increased human, material and technical capacity of NSAs to engage in governance and development;
  • Result 2: Increased sustainability, accountability and constituency of NSAs working on governance and development;
  • Result 3: More effective and efficient delivery of services in the governance and development sectors.

Some of the social inclusion-related initiatives implemented under CSF II:

  • Using the existing structure of volunteer committees, Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) was able to provide legal aid service to 271 women and children in the first month of the first quarter in target regional states. The free legal aid service includes counselling, legal advice, mediation, child custody and maintenance agreement negotiations, writing court applications and administrative letters, and follow up of cases at police stations and courts.
  • The Ethiopian Elders & Pensioners Association (EEPNA) organized a half-day panel discussion to commemorate the World Elder Abuse Day. The forum brought together participants from different government offices (namely the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Ombudsman, Police Commission and Ministry of Labour and Social Assistance (MoLSA). Following this event, an advocacy committee on the social protection and rights of the elderly with 9 members drawn from NGOs and other institutions was established. EEPNA, together with MoLSA representatives, also conducted a capacity assessment of the regional affiliates and equipped some of the regional older peoples associations with office equipment, to facilitate their operations and functioning.