Organization & Service
As an umbrella organization, the core objectives of CCRDA are:
- Facilitate an enabling environment through constructive dialogue, networking and principled partnership for a smooth operation of member organizations.
- Enhance ethical and accountable governance within the membership.
- Enhance development effectiveness of members through tailored capacity building interventions and improvement of professionalism of members’ staff.
- Increase the development contribution of members and their coordinated humanitarian response by jointly mobilizing humanitarian funds and development grants.
- Define the organizational identity of the Association; improve the image of members and the CSO sector through image building, tracking their development contributions and enhanced development communication.
- Enhance the coordination and harmonization capacity of the secretariat for consolidated and sustained operation of the Consortium.
When resources are available, the Consortium provides technical, financial and material support to development projects of members and partners. It also facilitates access to mandated resources that it manages.
Initially, CCRDA used to complement the efforts of its members in the area of relief, rehabilitation and development by mobilizing funds from church-based and other funding agencies. However, as a result of its Strategic Planning exercise, it decided to separate funding activities from its core business by establishing the Program Development and Management Core Team (PDMCT). Additionally, with a view to inducing greater impacts on development initiatives, CCRDA secures mandated funds from different donor agencies with specific grant titles to be sub-granted on competitive base. Managed by the PDMCT, the scheme is open for all NGOs/CSOs in Ethiopia, member or non-members of CCRDA. Funding is conducted after public announcements of the request for proposals.
Program and Institutional Capacity Building
With the changes in focus from relief to development activities, the need of members for higher capacity in organizational development, leadership, constituency building and mainstreaming cross-cutting issues became apparent. Thus, CCRDA seeks to meet these needs through a variety of capacity building initiatives focusing on the above areas as well as on internal control mechanisms, and ethics to ensure effectiveness, transparency and credibility in all operations of member NGOs/CSOs.
Capacity building support of CCRDA is thus provided on the base of participatory needs assessments that identify institutional and program capacity gaps of members.
The Capacity Building Support includes the following:
- Limited Staff secondment for young local members
- Technical and financial support for fundraising, promotional activities, project development and monitoring:
- Organizational development of members
- Organization of apprenticeship and experience sharing visits
- Facilitation of members’ engagement in community empowerment, and;
- Facilitation of mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues
CCRDA provides various training programs that focus on building capacities of staff of NGOs/CSOs and government partners. Training programs are developed in partnership with local and international development consultants. Programs are also enriched with on- the-ground experiences of members and other NGO/CSOs including donor and government partners.
Our approach is directed towards holistic capacity development and packaged to include leadership development, accountability and lobbying skills. Topics such as constituency building, developmental policy engagement, leadership and other cross-cutting and thematic issues are part of the training programs.
Institutional Strengthening Support
This is a type of support provided for members in the form of project professional secondment, equipment, facilities as well as financial assistance. Significant number of local NGOs/CSOs have benefited from receiving multitudes of institutional strengthening supports.
Networking, Partnership and Policy Engagement
Since its establishment, CCRDA has served as a voice for its members at national and international forums. As a focal point for dialogue among and between members and with government, it has contributed to the gradual improvement of the working environment for the NGO sector. Several important achievements have been registered in various aspects of policy engagements and CSO self regaultion.
Code of Conduct for NGOs in Ethiopia
One of the instruments for self-regulation is the Code of Conduct of member organizations. The Code enables members to promote ethical standard and streamline accountability, and transparency across their program/ projects. The CODE can be accessed from www.crdaethiopia.org.
CCRDA serve as a focal point for consultation within NGOs/CSOs, in articulating the role and contribution of NGOs/CSOs in the implementation of pro-poor policies. It also seeks to link its membership with the rest of Africa and global societies for consultation on common policy-related issues. It has contributed to various national and international initiatives and provided inputs to various strategic documents and national strategies.
Development of Partnerships
Putting in place an enabling environment for NGO/CSOs activities through developing Partnerships is one of the main activities of the Association. CSOs and NGOs engagement is mainly based on the national development strategies, thus, for a joint impact of all development actors, partnership is indispensable.
The Association also engages government at both the federal and regional levels to ensure Governments’ and NGO/CSOs’ partnership.
Has established regional chapters in Bahir Dar, Hawssa, Mekele, Dire Dawa and Addis Ababa. The regional chapters serve as platforms of CCRDA members working in regions.