Civil Society Support Programme

Civil Society Support Programme The Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) is a Programme of support to civil society to contribute to Ethiopia’s nat...
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Civil Society Support Programme

The Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) is a Programme of support to civil society to contribute to Ethiopia’s national development. It is financed by multiple donors currently including Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Canada and Britain and Denmark and others to come on board soon. It is managed by a consortium of organisations led by the British Council, with its day to day activities administered by an independent programme team based in the British Council in Addis Ababa.

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Introducing CSSP Civil Society Support Programme

with the support of the peoples of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands

• The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the Civil Society Support Programme which was launched at the end of September 2011

• Please view this power point presentation alongside the short briefing document which provides more detailed explanation

What is CSSP? Civil Society Support Programme

with the support of the peoples of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands

• CSSP is the Civil Society Support Programme. • CSSP will contribute to national development, poverty reduction and the advancement of good governance and democratization processes through support to civil society, by… • Strengthening capacity of civil society to engage in policy and programme, development, monitoring and evaluation, through… • Technical and financial support.

CSSP approaches Civil Society Support Programme

with the support of the peoples of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands

CSSP will • Extend work beyond confines of the major urban areas, thus promoting equity & inclusion as overarching principles of CSSP • Adopt exploratory approaches, allowing demand to express itself, and reaching neglected groups and themes • Invest in capacity strengthening in generic areas of support with particular encouragement given to regional CSOs and to delegated decision-making at regional and sub-regional levels

• Invest in capacity strengthening and bringing together likeminded or complementary organisations to work and learn together effectively.

The CSSP: a journey over 5 years

Civil Society Support Programme

with the support of the peoples of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands

By the end of five years’ period of operation, CSSP will have supported Ethiopian Civil Society in processes of:  Evidence-based, robust engagement amongst themselves, with Government bodies at different levels and private sector  Skilful, confident adaptation to the environment in which the Charities and Societies Law and other legal frameworks will have been implemented over the first 5 years;  Achieving innovative and effective service delivery with communities and contributing to national development

Phases of CSSP:

Civil Society Support Programme

with the support of the peoples of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands

• Inception Phase: 0-6 months  Strategy and Policy Development  Communications about CSSP and stakeholder consultations  Piloting in Benishangul Gumuz and Oromia regions  A first targeted Call for Proposals nationally/incl. non-pilot regions • Learning Phase: 7-18 months  Full operationalization • Delivery Phase: 19-60 months  Consolidation  Operation in all regions

CSSP steps

Civil Society Support Programme

with the support of the peoples of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands

CSSP will support civil society to… 1. Explore available opportunities, especially in the regions 2. Test and replicate innovative approaches 3. Promote learning within civil society 4. Engage with government to improve implementation of policies 5. Address issues which matter to women and men, girls and boys 6. Influence policy effectively

Capacity strengthening

Civil Society Support Programme

with the support of the peoples of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands

CSSP’s approach is rooted in leading from regions. This means to: • Operationalise the concept of Regional Business Units which serve as focal points to support civil society, ideally hosted by reliable existing structure, (sharing between adjacent regions/large zones) • Strengthen local and regional capacity building service providers, including civil society resources and private sector operators • Ensure inclusive processes and facilitate ‘emerging demand’

• Implement varied, sequential and tailored grant making

Grant Windows Civil Society Support Programme

with the support of the peoples of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands

CSSP will provide funding using various mechanisms including: •

Block Grants to intermediaries with outreach to underserved/ marginalised parts of Ethiopia and their populations



Direct Project Grants to CSOs for specific activities or as seed finance for innovative initiatives



Core Grants as non-project based assistance to established, wellfunctioning and multi-regional CSOs



Capacity Strengthening Fund to promote identified objectives by encouraging networking, information and experience sharing and lessons learning amongst CSOs; to capacity strengthening in areas including constituency building, internal governance enhancement, poverty reduction analysis and domestic resource mobilisation, among others.

CSSP Governance Structure

Civil Society Support Programme

with the support of the peoples of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands

CSSP has an inclusive governance structure comprising: • CSSP Management Board (CMB) - will provide strategic direction and guidance and primarily comprises Heads of Agencies of each CSSP Development Partner. It will make final decisions about allocation of funds. • The Lead Donor Partner (LDP) - managing the CSSP pooled funding and supervising the Management Agent (MA) is Irish Aid. • Programme Steering Committee (PSC) - comprises relevant stakeholders drawn from Development Partners, Civil Society and Government Bodies. • British Council (BC) is the Management Agent for CSSP, having an independent programme team to administer the programme’s day-to-day activities.

Civil Society Support Programme

with the support of the peoples of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands

The CSSP Team: Beruk Kabtamu Beverley Jones Getinet Assefa Hiwot Alemayehu Kollele Tessema Contact Addresses Tel.+251(0)116620388

Head of Capacity Strengthening and Learning Team Leader (Inception period) National Programme Manager Learning & Communications Coordinator Head of Resources

Fax. +251 (0) 116 623315

Please check [email protected] for regular updates