Strategic Parnership Grants programmes launched

The Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) launched its Strategic Partnership Grants (SPGs) at a workshop in Addis Ababa on 12 February 2015. The SPGs are one of the programme’s principal strategic interventions.

Getinet Assefa, CSSP’s Executive Director, opened the event with a keynote address. He described the objectives of the SPGs was “to bolster CSOs’ capacity and capability in management and stewardship of its work and as a result create more tangible and concrete outcomes for the sector.”

CSSP donors, recipients and staff come together

In attendance at the workshop were heads of lead organisations in receipt of the grants, representatives of the programmes international development partners – Ireland (Irish Aid), UK (DFID), Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden – and CSSP’s programme team.

The event provided an opportunity for CSOs in receipt of the new grants to meet, share information, discuss their projects and develop a deeper understanding of the overall strategic framework of the new grant mechanism.

Programmes supported through the SPGs fall into six strategic themes:

  1. Disadvantaged people in remote areas and affected by caste-like prejudice
  2. Girls in rural communities
  3. Pastoral women
  4. Women and children in prison
  5. Substance abuse (eg. chat addiction)
  6. Special learning needs and mental ill-health

Twenty-five lead organisations from the civil society sector working with 43 collaborating partners received grants ranging in value from €35,000 to €350,000 from a total grant envelope of €2.8 million. The grant recipients are from all corners of Ethiopia.

To find out more about our SPGs click here.

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