The Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) is 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 builds the capacity of community organisations to deliver basic services to hard-to-reach communities. It has worked with over 600 partners reaching 3 million people. The programme focuses 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 current one year Extension Phase continues to prioritise 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 are intended to encourage innovation and creativity in civil society organisations to develop capacity, and foster collaboration among various stakeholders, including government.
CSSP is managed by a consortium, led by the British Council and including INTRAC. The programme is funded by a number of international donors, led by Irish Aid.
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