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Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia

The Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia is the Contracting Authority on behalf of the Government of Ethiopia for the management of the CSF II Programme.The Delegation of the EU’s relationship with Ethiopia is framed up on the Cotonou Agreement. The Cotonou Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) Agreement of 2002 makes specific provisions for the involvement of civil society in the development sector and implementation of European Union strategies and programmes.


The CSF II operates in the context of Article 4 of Cotonou Agreement which states that "(...) non-state actors shall, where appropriate (...) be provided with capacity-building support in critical areas in order to reinforce the capabilities of these actors, particularly as regards organisation and representation, and the establishment of consultation mechanisms including channels of communication, and dialogue, and to promote strategic alliances".


The Delegation of the European Union, among other donors, actively participates in the dialogue with the Ethiopian government regarding the space for civil society participation. The continuation of the Civil Society Fund Programme and its designation as ‘local fund’ are major results of the continued dialogue with the Government of Ethiopia. 


The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development

The National Authorising Office (NAO) under the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) and the EU Delegation are co-responsible for the programme policy and implementation. For the management of the CSF project, the European Commission acts as Contracting Authority on behalf of the Government of Ethiopia through express delegation given by the latter as per the Cotonou Agreement Annex 4, article 35.1.


The Head of the office of the NAO plays a vital role in CSF II implementation as a chairperson of the Programme Steering Committee (PSC). Besides, staff members of the NAO take part as members of the Steering and the Evaluation committees for Calls for Proposals.


The Government of Ethiopia and the European Union maintain very close relationships with CSOs, at dialogue and cooperation level. At cooperation level it is highlighted by the implementation of the Civil Society Fund.