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.

NEWS: NGOs and the shock of the new
LONDON, 16 June 2014 (IRIN) - The big international aid agencies have been hugely successful. Organizations that were once small civil society operations - groups of friends with a passion to make the world a better place - now have thousands of staff members, multi-storey headquarters buildings and multi-million
NEWS: MSEs to benefit from 5.5 million ETB Civil Society Fund
April 14, 2014 - Funded by the Ethiopian government and the EU, approximately 3,000 businesses are expected to benefit from a project that will develop market chains while also offering training and marketing opportunities to entrepreneurs.  
NEWS: Ethiopia reviews strict civil society regulations
April 11, 2014 - The European Union (EU) and the Ethiopian civil society organisations Friday welcomed the review of the 2009 law which banned foreign-funded Non-Governmental Organisations from dealing with human rights, political advocacy and justice. PANA 
NEWS: EU signs 18 new grants under CSF II, EU and GoE highlights their commitments
April 11, 2014 - The Technical Assistance Unit for Civil Society Fund II organised grant contract signing and orientation event on 11th of April for CSOs that won grant contracts under the CSF II. The objective of the event was to formally mark the commencement of implementation of the new grant contracts,
NEWS: Ethiopia's application for EITI 'candidature' approved
March 19, 2014 - The international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board accepted Ethiopia's application for EITI candidature in Oslo 19 March. Candidature is not a recognition of a country's levels of transparency or accountability. As a Candidate, the country has three years to achieve
Closing Space: Democracy and Human Rights Support Under Fire
Feburary 20, 2014 - International support for democracy and human rights faces a serious challenge: more and more governments are erecting legal and logistical barriers to democracy and rights programmes, publicly vilifying international aid groups and their local partners, and harassing such groups or expelling
NEWS: Agency sets out “special directive” on charity cost sharing
FEBRUARY 15, 2014, The Reporter - The Federal Charities and Societies Agency (CSA) plans to introduce a new directive to regulate charitable organizations, setting out how to solicit and invest 25 percent of cost sharing from beneficiary projects. Recently the CSA has been holding meetings regarding the bill to
NEWS: EU signs 3 CSO grants, more to come
Feb 6, 2014 - The Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia signed grant contracts with three civil society organisations under the Ethiopia-European Union Civil Society Fund II programme. The three grant projects signed by the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Associations (AACCSA), Ethiopia Elderly and
NEWS: New platform to widen development co-operation dialogue
Jan 3, 2014 - The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation launched a new blog to bring varied voices together for a new development architecture as the UN Millennium Development Goals’ target year of 2015 is approaching. Global development, poverty and inequality remain critical challenges. The
NEWS: TAU and TECS organized media and CSOs collaboration and media skills workshop
The Technical Assistance Unit for the Civil Society Fund (CSF II) and Tracking Trends in Ethiopia’s Civil Society (TECS) organized a media skills and use pilot workshop in July 2013 to enhance the collaboration between civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media. The event enabled the workshop participants to