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Michael Tsegaye

The Civil Society Support Programme 2 (CSSP2) began in 2018, following its first phase, CSSP1, which ran highly succesfully from 2011-2017.

The Civil Society Support Programme 2 (CSSP2) is funded by the people of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and Norway. The programme is managed by the British Council, in consortium with Pact UK and Social Development Direct.

'CSSP didn’t just create a link between us and the government, it also created links between the CSOs themselves.'

CSO representative, 2018

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Michael Tsegaye

About the Civil Society Support Programme 1 (CSSP1)

CSSP1 built the capacity of community organisations to deliver basic services to hard-to-reach communities. It worked with over 600 partners, reaching three 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. 

CSSP1 grants encouraged innovation and creativity in civil society organisations (CSOs) to develop capacity, and foster collaboration among stakeholders, including government. They offered funding opportunities at local, regional and national levels.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, HE Demeke Mekonnen, said ‘The achievement of the first phase of this Civil Society Support Programme is a proven example of the successful management of the British Council as a lead managing agent. Congratulations!’. 

 'Giving voice to the voiceless, CSSP has encouraged community members to say what is in their heads. This will, I believe, take Ethiopia to enormous heights.'

CSO representative, 2018