Non State Actor mapping across Ethiopia
2 June 2015
The Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP), along with the European Union Civil Society Fund II (EU-CSF II), recently funded the third Non State Actor (NSA) mapping research in Ethiopia. NSA mapping studies were first carried out in 2004 and 2008 with the objectives of understanding the context and issues facing NSAs.
There has been significant change since the 2008 mapping, including a major regulatory change that has impacted Civil Society Organisation’s (CSO’s) operations. Given these changes, the EU-CSF II and CSSP sponsored a recent mapping study to gather essential updated information that will guide the implementation of on-going and forthcoming programmes.
2015 NSA mapping
The recent research was undertaken in all nine regional states and the two city government administrations and the findings from the study show many similarities. Children and women, health and HIV, education, and agriculture/livelihoods represent the top four CSOs’ intervention areas in all regions. There is a common view that certain provisions of Proclamation No. 621/2009 and the subsequent regulation and guidelines are restrictive rather than enabling.
CSO’s are integral to national development priorities
The growing contribution of CSO’s to regional and national development priorities is widely recognised by authorities, especially by those in the regions. In all research sites, most CSO’s rely heavily on donor agencies for funding, and the domestic resource mobilisation option has not been realised except for the emerging practice of enlisting volunteers. The plights of hard-to-reach groups, issues, and organisations and a host of themes are little or inadequately addressed in all regions.
Based on these findings, the report outlines a number of recommendations for CSO’s, Government and donors to guide them in their work with NSAs – read the full report below: