The Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) was a capacity development programme designed to support Ethiopia’s civil society and its contribution to the country’s national development, poverty reduction and advancement of good governance in line with the government’s policies and strategies.
CSSP built the capacity of community organisations to deliver basic services to hard-to-reach communities. It worked with over 600 partners reaching 3 million people. The programme focused on previously neglected issues such as prison reform, women’s rights and mental health issues. Seventy per cent of activities have focused on gender equality and violence against women, including income generation and supporting girls to stay in school.
The five-year multi donor funded programme managed a fund of more than €35 million from 2011-2016. The one year Extension Phase ran from 2016-2017 and built on the capacity development for hard-to-reach civil society organisations through regionally-led programming, with a particular focus on people affected by social marginalisation, geographic remoteness, under resourcing and neglected development issues.
The grants offered funding opportunities at local, regional and national levels. They were intended to encourage innovation and creativity in civil society organisations to develop capacity, and foster collaboration among various stakeholders, including government.
CSSP was managed by a consortium, led by the British Council and including INTRAC. The programme was funded by a number of international donors, led by Irish Aid.
The Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) Extension Phase has now closed. The CSSP website has been decommissioned. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries on CSSP phase 1 or the CSSP Extension Phase