CCRDA Celebrates Good Practice Day
The Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA) celebrated NGOs Good Practice Day on December 28, 2018. President of FDRE, Dr. Mulatu Teshome, opened the exhibition in which members of CCRDA showed their activities.
Also on the occasion award trophies were awarded to winners of the main CCRDA Good Practice Competition and winners of the competition among projects implemented to support orphan and vulnerable children. Bole Bible Baptist Church, ASDA, EECMY-DASSC, ORDA, Self Help Africa won the top five positions in the main Good Practice Competition. Bethany Christian Services Global, Retrak Ethiopia, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, ChildFund, Kulich Youth Reproductive Health and Development Organization, Meseret Humanitarian Organization were the top five winners of the competition among projects implemented to support orphan and vulnerable children.
H.E. Dr. Kebede Worku, State Minister, Federal Ministry of Health while delivering speech
In his opening speech, CCRDA Executive Director, Dr. Meshehsa Shewarega said CCRDA member organizations invested between 7 to 11 billion birr annually between 2011 and 2016 fiscal years. “This money has been allocated for key priorities delineated in the Growth and Transformation Plan and the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.
Bethany after receiving the award from the Plan Commissioner Dr. Yinager Dessie
Over its 45 years of existence, CCRDA has always focused on tackling social problems, he noted. Under its second Strategic Plan, the Consortium is aspiring to improve its membership quality, enlarge and further broaden its membership base and double its total portfolio by expanding its sectoral focus and enlarging its donor’s base, he added.
Dr. Meshesha further said that the CSO/NGO sector has the potential for the promotion of peace, tolerance and peaceful coexistence of various ethnic groups and can make an important contribution in finding solution to the current challenges of interethnic conflicts.
The guest of honor, President Dr. Mulatu Teshome on his part said that various evidences invariably testify that charities operating in Ethiopia are making significant contributions in the multifaceted national and regional efforts of transforming the socio-economic conditions of our people. Yet, he said, given the unbridled socio- economic problems, the charities operating in Ethiopia are expected to strengthen their institutional governance, further improve program and financial management competence, rise their institutional credibility and harmonize their efforts and align their programs with national development frameworks and the UN Sustainable Development Goals in consideration of the national and regional contexts and peculiarities.
One of the winners of special humanitarian award, Tsige Haile, receiving a gold medal from the President
Dr. Mulatu underlined the need for more enabling environment for smooth CSOs/NGOs operation. “The government is open for constructive engagements and dialogues, as demonstrated on recently held national government-NGOs dialogues organized by the Center for Democratization under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office. These dialogues are unfolding within the endeavors of deep renewal process commenced by the government. In this connection, I am appreciative of CCRDA’s pivotal role of serving as a bridge between the government and NGO/CSO sector with lofty purpose of creating better understanding and strengthening Government and NGO development partnership. I would like to express my gratitude to donor partners of CCRDA for your consistent supports that enabled CCRDA engage on various development undertakings through its more than 400 member organizations,” he said.
He finally thanked CCRDA and its donor partners for organizing this important event and called upon the relevant government sector offices and bilateral and multilateral development partners to consider possibilities of scaling up of these best practices as deemed appropriate. And he reaffirmed the commitment of the government to support CSOs/NGOs in their efforts of serving the community.
Also on the occasion special humanitarian award was given to Executive Director of Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE, Tseige Haile, State Minister of Health, Dr. Kebede Worku and, Chief Adviser of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Yemisrach Belayneh.