Civil Society Fund II Calls for Proposals: 18 projects awarded

The EU Delegation to Ethiopia awarded 18 grants contracts under the Civil Society Fund II programme. The new projects will run for 18-24 months up to beginning of 2016. The projects will be implemented in all the regions and the two city administrations of Ethiopia by 18 CSOs, involving a total 30 CSOs as partners. The total projects budget is €3.646 million out of which the EU contributes about 91.3%, i.e. €3.3 million.

More details of the projects will be added in the coming few weeks.


Background on Civil Society Fund II Calls for Proposals

The Civil Society Fund II first Call for Proposals was launched on the 18th of December 2012 to increase Non-State Actors’ role in development and democratisation process in Ethiopia. A total of 148 concept notes (CNs) were submitted to the Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia, out of which 91 were administratively compliant and assessed by external assessors and the Evaluation Committee. 33 short-listed applicants were invited to submit full proposals until the 15th of July 2013. The evaluation of full applications was finalised during the course of September 2013. By the last week of September 2013, the Delegation of the European Union has notified the 16 provisionally selected  applicants of the grant award which are expected to sign their grant contract possibly by November 2013.

In June and July 2013,  the TAU conducted lessons learnt workshops for unsuccessful applicants and other interested CSOs in Hawassa, Mekelle, Gambella and Addis Ababa. The TAU presented the first evaluation results of the CfP 2012 and the main observations and identified weaknesses of the applications received (refer to the presentation for more details). In Mekelle and Gambella, the feedback sessions were also accompanied with refresher trainings on Project Cycle Management (PCM) with a focus on project design and proposal drafting. 

The Civil Society Fund II first Call for Proposals priority themes are promoting governance, development service delivery and capacity strengthening to national NSAs of Ethiopia, including non-governmental organisations, associations, unions, or other registered Civil Society Organisations. For more information about the Call, refer to the Guidelines for Applicants and Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia, EC Civil Society Fund II site.