What we do

The Civil Society Fund II (CSF) programme is a joint initiative of the European Union  and the Ethiopian Government with the overall aim of increasing the role of Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) in the development and democratisation process of Ethiopia.

The programme is a continuation of the similar programme Civil Society Fund I (CSF I), implemented from 2006 to 2012 in two phases for a total of 10 million EUR. The current programme provides grant and non-grant support to Civil Society Organisations in Ethiopia to increase their human, material and technical capacities to enhance their contribution, participation and engagement in governance and development activities.

Ethiopia-EU CSF II engages in enhancing the leadership skills of SMEs
July 30, 2014 - The Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations (AACCSA) commences today a 3-day leadership skills training for SMEs managements and owners in Addis Ababa as part of the Ethiopia-EU CSF II supported project.   The training aims to enhance the participation of Small and Medium
NEWS: HRCO’s staff inspired and invigorated with CSF II support
July 29, 2014 - The Human Rights Council (HRCO) organised a 4-day capacity building training to its staff from July 25th - 28th, 2014 in Bishoftu, Oromiya region, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Human Right Commission.    The training was officially opened by the Deputy Chairperson, HRCO Board of Directors and
Upcoming events of CSF II grantees
HRCO training on Project Cycle Management (PCM), fundraising and rule of law from 25th - 28th of July for its staff drawn from the headquarter and regional offices, Bishoftu (Debrezeit) and Impact project launching workshop beginning of August 2014 in Jijjiga, Somali region. More details of the events to come. 
Funding opportunities for CSOs
Find below a list of selected funding opportunities for CSOs. We encourage you to share widely with your civil society networks. Some of the funding opportunities may apply to all CSOs with an open application process and others are very specific in geographical scope, thematic issue, and deadline.   OPEN
Call for Nominations for the Larissa Award® 2014 - Child Deprivation and Vulnerability in Africa
July 7, 2014 - The 2014 Larissa Award will go to an initiative that focuses on “Child Deprivation and Vulnerability in Africa”. It will be awarded at a special ceremony to be held in Addis Ababa on 28th October 2014, which will be a complementary event to the Sixth International Policy Conference on the African
Africa Climate Change Fund launches first call for proposals
July 7, 2014 - Grants of US$ 250,000 or more for climate finance readiness activities in African countries   The new Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), housed in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB), is launching its first call for grant proposals.   African
NEWS: Ethiopian CSOs call for Ethiopia to ratify the Maputo Protocol; ratification does not guarantee protection
June 26, 2012 - Ethiopian civil society organisations call for Ethiopia to ratify the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.   Ethiopia is one of the 46 out of 53 AU member states that signed the Protocol  in 2013 better known as the Maputo Protocol, which
NEWS: CSF II grantee EEPNA commemorates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 24, 2014 - The Ethiopian Elderly and Pensioners National Association (EEPNA) organised a half-day panel discussion on 24th of June 2014 observing the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2014. The United Nations has designated 15th of June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).   EEPNA is one of the 18 CSOs
NEWS: TAU provides training to project staff of 18 supported CSOs
June 2,2014 - The Technical Assistance Unit for Ethiopia-European Union Civil Society Fund II organised the first training for project staff of civil society organisations that received grants from the programme.   The training held on 3rd of June to 4th of June 2014 at the Desalegn Hotel was attended by 43
NEWS:Human Rights Council commences its CSF II project
June 20, 2014 - The Human Rights Council (HRC) launched its Ethiopia-European Union Civil Society Fund II project worth about 200,000 EUR in Addis Ababa.    The project aims to benefit survivors of human rights abuse, including about 3000 men and women. It is expected to contribute to the fulfilment of