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Members of CCRDA Sign a Code of Conduct

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Members of CCRDA Sign a Code of Conduct

Members of CCRDA Signing the Code of Conduct

Members of CCRDA Signing the Code of Conduct

Members of CCRDA have signed a Code of Conduct on a historic event that took place at the CCRDA Conference Hall on December 29, 2016. The Code of Conduct (CoC) is intended to further step up the commitment of CCRDA members to internalize self-regulation and become accountable to the people they serve.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Meshesha Shewarega, Executive Director of CCRDA, said, “The sector cannot exist without ensuring good governance and ethical practices. The Code of Conduct is thus very important to ensure the development effectiveness of CSOs/NGOs by making them accountable to their beneficiaries.” Dr Meshesha further said that the sector has had distorted image among the public, the government and other development partners. Signing and implementing the CoC is thus a way to build the positive image of the sector. Dr Meshesha concluded his speech by saying that the CoC is a way to correct one another and improve the image of CSOs.

CCRDA established a Panel of Ethics at its General Assembly held in March 2016. The Panel that serves as custodian of the Code has nine members who are Executive Directors of nine CCRDA member organizations. President of the Panel, Tsigie Haile, who is also Executive Director of Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE), said the Panel has been familiarized with its responsibilities, and have had a deeper knowledge of the CoC and have prepared well to accomplish its tasks and responsibilities.

Debebe Hailegebriel, Tsigie Haile, and Dr Meshesha Shewarega

From left to right: Debebe Hailegebriel, Tsigie Haile, and Dr Meshesha Shewarega

Debebe Hailegebriel, a legal expert, had a presentation that helped familiarize the participants of the meeting with the CoC.

Sixty two member organizations of CCRDA who attended the CoC launching and signing meeting signed the CoC.  Members that have not signed the Code today are expected to sign in due course.

CCRDA is a Consortium of more than 400 Ethiopian resident and foreign charity organizations. One of the criteria to join the Consortium is to sign the Code of Conduct. The Consortium and its partners have been exerting a serious effort since the late 1990s to promote self-regulation within the CCRDA membership and beyond.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 December 2016 18:17
 

“Begonet”, a Weekly CCRDA Radio Program to Be Aired Soon

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“Begonet”, a Weekly CCRDA Radio Program to Be Aired Soon

The Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA) will launch “Begonet” a weekly radio program on Sheger FM 102.1 on December 4, 2016.

The twenty minutes long program will be transmitted every Sunday from 5:10 PM to 5:30 PM on Sheger FM 102.1. The weekly Amharic radio program, named “Begonet”, translated in English as “goodness”, mainly promotes the good practices of member organizations of CCRDA. Those good practices that won the top ten positions in the CCRDA Good Practice Competition will be given priority. But the good practices of other members that are not among the top ten and the good practices of member organizations that have not participated in the competition will also be introduced by the radio program. CCRDA believes if introduced and promoted, the good practices will be scaled up by various stakeholders such as the government, private investors and similar other NGOs in addition to building the image of the NGO/CSO sector.

“Begonet” also introduces exemplary NGO leaders that made tangible differences in the lives of needy people in the country. Such leaders will share their rich experience to listeners of the program.

Major events of CCRDA and its members will also be aired in the program. Based on the agreement signed with Sheger FM 102.1, the radio program that is produced and transmitted with the fund secured from Bread for the World will be on air for one year. The radio program is also expected to provide useful and relevant information to CCRDA members in particular and all other NGOs/CSOs in general.

 

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CSOs’ Role Said to be Important to Raise Awareness of Youth on the Risk of Illegal Migration


From left to right, Kiflemariam Geberewold, Solomon Tesfaye, Representative of George Okutho

During a workshop held on December 11, 2014 at CCRDA with the topic, “Returnees from Saudi Arabia-Taking Stock One Year after the Exodus,” a representative of the Ethiopian government, Solomon Tesfaye, said more and more CSOs need to raise the awareness of the youth to reduce illegal migration. Solomon said the government is organizing community conversations to create awareness on the risks of illegal migration.  He indicated that the government is taking measures for only trained and skilled workers to go to the gulf countries through legal means. He said Ethiopia has strengthened its embassies and consuls in Arab countries where many Ethiopians flock looking for better jobs.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 15:54 Read more...
 

Executive Director of CCRDA Underlines the Need for Fair Media Coverage of the CSOs Sector

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Executive Director of CCRDA Underlines the Need for Fair Media Coverage of the CSOs Sector


 

During an orientation session for journalists on CSOs and media relationships held on December 2, 2014, Dr Meshesha Shewarega said the media should fairly cover the activities of CSOs. He noted the NGO sector has to be considered seriously as it is contributing over 1 billion USD to the Ethiopian economy, which he said is more that the foreign currency the country earns from its major export item, coffee. “The sector should be considered as a development partner,” Dr Meshesha said. He called upon journalists to promote the good practices of CSOs with professional integrity.

Dr Meshesha while

He urged the journalists to show the right image the CSO sector has as its current image is among the public is generally bad. Rather than tarnishing the image of the CSO sector in general because of some corrupt organizations, the CCRDA Executive Director said, they should name and shame those CSOs that are corrupt and less responsible, and, on the contrary, encourage and promote the NGOs that are contributing a lot to the development of the country,.

 

 

The participants of the orientation session

“Use the powerful media that you have to constructively promote the sector. You need to name and shame those who are evil,” Dr Meshesha said.

 

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Executive Director of CCRDA Underlines the Need for Fair Media Coverage of the CSOs Sector

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Executive Director of CCRDA Underlines the Need for Fair Media Coverage of the CSOs Sector


During an orientation session for journalists on CSOs and media relationships held on December 2, 2014, Dr Meshesha Shewarega said the media should fairly cover the activities of CSOs. He noted the NGO sector has to be considered seriously as it is contributing over 1 billion USD to the Ethiopian economy, which he said is more that the foreign currency the country earns from its major export item, coffee. “The sector should be considered as a development partner,” Dr Meshesha said. He called upon journalists to promote the good practices of CSOs with professional integrity.

 

He urged the journalists to show the right image the CSO sector has as its current image is among the public is generally bad. Rather than tarnishing the image of the CSO sector in general because of some corrupt organizations, the CCRDA Executive Director said, they should name and shame those CSOs that are corrupt and less responsible, and, on the contrary, encourage and promote the NGOs that are contributing a lot to the development of the country,.

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