The way CSSP delivers its vision for civil society is something seen as coming from the heart rather than just technical programme implementation. This is very inspiring. Ethiopian CSO representative.
Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) Ethiopia
The Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) Ethiopia is a five year, multi-donor capacity development programme which provides support for Ethiopian people through the development of Ethiopian civil society organisations (CSOs).
The programme prioritises capacity development for hard-to-reach CSOs through regionally-led programming, focusing on people affected by social marginalisation, geographic remoteness, under resourcing and neglected development issues. CSSP has seven principles that guide its work.
CSSP is managed by a consortium, led by the British Council (Ethiopia), and including INTRAC and the IDL group. The programme is funded by six international donors, led by Irish Aid.
CSSP now has direct funding and capacity development relationships with 87 CSOs across all nine regional states in Ethiopia. Our primary focus is hard-to-reach people and issues. In the first phase of funding at least 60% of the investments focus on women and girls. Profiles on the people and the projects will be available soon on the CSSP website.
In September 2013 funding opportunities will be available in the following grants:
This grant call encourages individual CSOs to propose innovative interventions aimed at solving critical social problems at local levels (Woreda and Kebele), or capitalising on locally available opportunities e.g. through measures for support to marginalised groups and poverty reduction, resources management, promoting gender equality and social inclusion.
Programme grants are intended to fund a group of activities implemented collectively by a group of CSOs working together, with one CSO (the 'intermediary' CSO) taking a lead in directing and managing the programme. The second call will focus on national CSOs based in or with an operating presence in, the following regions:
- Dire Dawa
To find out more about CSSP, please contact Zoe Wilkinson.