Proceedings of Panel Discussion on the Ethiopian Electoral Law in the Light of International Standards and Principles of Democracy Organized by Ethiopian Lawyers’ Association & Ethiopian Young Lawyers’ Association
Ethiopia - European Commission Country Strategy Paper, 2008-2013

This Paper reflects the joint European Commission (EC) and EU Member States strategy for Ethiopia in line with the priorities of the Government of Ethiopia’s national poverty reduction strategy. It provides a framework for both the EU Member States and the European Commission’s cooperation planned in Ethiopia which rests on promoting peace, security and good governance; supporting regional integration, trade and interconnectivity; and improving access to basic social services and protection of the environment to make faster progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals.


CSF I final evaluation report

The evaluation report assessed the overall performance of CSF Phase I implementation to advise the Government of Ethiopia, the European Commission and other stakeholders on strengths and weaknesses and make subsequent recommendations for the ongoing CSF programme phase II. The evaluation assessed the Programme on its relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability.



Users Manual for Charities and Societies Law, 2011

This manual tries to elaborate and clarify issues regarding the Charities and Societies Law including differences between the previous legal regime and the new legislation regarding the registration, operation, reporting and dissolution of CSOs and suggest possible measures for CSOs to cope with the changes introduced by the new law.


Cotonou Agreement

In June 2000, the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the EU concluded a 20-year cooperation agreement, named the Cotonou Agreement after the capital of Benin in West Africa, where it was signed. The agreement, entered into force in April 2003, emphasises the participation of 'Non-State Actors (NSAs)' in ACP countries to implement the Agreement. The NSAs are recognised as essential to ensure the relevance and impact of cooperation policies and programmes between the ACP and the European Commission (EC).


Update Mapping Study on Non-State Actors in Ethiopia 2015

The CSF II, in collaboration with the multi-donor Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP), recently concluded a country-wide study to Update the Mapping of Non-State Actors (NSA) in Ethiopia. Similar studies had been undertaken in 2004 and 2008.

A team of consultants conducted the NSA Mapping Update Study, set out  to compile data and information on the distribution, profile and contribution of NSA in Ethiopa. Among the aims of the study is to assist the planning and implementation of on-going as well as forthcoming NSA capacity strengthening programmes, and to enhance the contributions of civil society to national development and democratisation processes.

A vast number of stakeholders have been consulted; based on these field-level consultations as well as document reviews, the study team has elaborated a report outlining status, changes, trends and other aspects of NSA operation and participation in Ethiopia. The team has also outlined aspects of innovation, operational challenges and opportunities, that informed recommendations for further action by different stakeholders (Government, donors and the NSA themselves). 

For more information, please refer to the attached document ("2015 Mapping Study" contains the general report and regional reports), or contact the TAU.

Mapping Study, 2004   

Mapping Study, 2008   

Mapping Study, 2015   


European Commission Civil Society Fund I (CSF I) in Ethiopia - Lessons learnt and the way ahead

The document is a presentation of the Civil Society Fund I in Ethiopia during the “Celebrating the Past – Preparing the future” at the occasion of the Programme wrap-up workshop in Addis Ababa on January 2012.  


Mid-term evaluation of the Civil Society Fund programme in Ethiopia

The CSF I programme started in 2006. A decision to implement a second phase of CSF I was required by end of 2007. An external mid-term review was conducted to examine the operation of the different aspects of the programme and provide a detailed review of the activities carried out in the first phase and appraise the feasibility of the second phase. The evaluation was conducted in Ethiopia in the period 29 January - 20 February 2007.


The Roots of Democracy and Sustainable Development: Europe's Engagement with Civil Society in External Relations

CSOs are recognised as development actors in their own right. Most operate in a challenging landscape. The report  argues for a more strategic engagement with CSOs in Developing, Neighbourhood and Enlargement countries in order to facilitate constructive relations between states and CSOs. It calls for an enabling environment for CSOs and strong focus on the country level and empowerment of local actors.



Structured Dialogue - For an efficient partnership in development

The Structured Dialogue was an initiative of the European Commission (EC) in response to the request of Civil Society Organisations, local authorities and the European Parliament, in the frame of the Accra Agenda for Action. It aims at increasing the effectiveness of all stakeholders involved in EC development cooperation, by building on the momentum gained by international and European debates on the main challenges related to Civil Society Organisations and local authorities involved in cooperation. Its course took place from March 2010 to May 2011. 


The Paris Declaration and The Accra Agenda for Action

The Paris Declaration (2005) lays out a practical, action-oriented roadmap to improve the quality of aid and its impact on development. It puts in place a series of specific implementation measures and establishes a monitoring system to assess progress and ensure that donors and recipients hold each other accountable for their commitments. The Declaration outlines the following five fundamental principles for making aid more effective: ownership, alignment, harmonisation, results and mutual accountability. The Accra Agenda for Action (2008) was designed to strengthen and deepen implementation of the Paris Declaration, taking stock of progress and sets the agenda for accelerated advancement towards the Paris Declaration’s targets.


Tracking Trends in Ethiopia’s Civil Society (TECS)

The Tracking Trends in Ethiopian Civil Society (TECS) programme monitors and researches emerging issues, changes and trends in the civil society sector, including those arising from the implementation, enforcement and impact of the Proclamation on Charities and Societies (PCS) to inform constructive evidence-based dialogue among stakeholders and particularly for civil society to support national development goals.  The programme is managed by Atos Consulting, an international consultancy company and runs from 2011 to 2013 with the funding from DFID, the Netherlands Embassy, CIDA and Irish Aid. For their publications, contact TECS’s Project Coordinator, Gemechu Desta, email:, Bole Dabi Complex, 6th Floor.