About CSF

The Civil Society Fund II (CSF II) programme was launched in October 2012 with a total budget of 12 million EUR in two phases. The purpose of the programme is to increase Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) capacity to engage in governance and development activities. The programme envisages achieving the following three results:

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

The CSF II is guided by a Programme Steering Committee (PSC) which includes representatives from the Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Government and Civil Society Organisations.  The PSC is designed to ensure that the concerns of the three sides are included in the management of the Fund. The PSC meets regularly to discuss issues of concern and to ensure that the CSF II is running smoothly and in line with its stated objectives. The PSC is also part of a wider agenda to increase the level of dialogue between civil society, government and the EU.

The management of the Fund is unique in Ethiopia, which is based on cooperation, dialogue and inclusiveness. The Government of Ethiopia has declared the CSF II funding as "domestic" hereby allowing all categories of organisations according to Proclamation 621/2009 to qualify as potential beneficiaries.

The Programme’s tripartite governance structure is also applied for the Evaluation Committee which meets on an ad hoc basis as required to select project proposals solicited in the calls for proposals. The committee is chaired by the Delegation of the European Union as contracting authority and have three voting members from the government, civil society and the Delegation of the European Union. 

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About CSF