Civil Society Innovation Fund – AFD


Read more about the projects funded by the CSIF.

Project 1


The specific goal of this project is to create robust, inclusive, and diverse civic and media space as well as to enhance the partnerships between civic organizations through research, capacity building of formal and informal civic associations and grassroots movements, and by creating human rights-based dialogue platforms to protect the civic space in addition to mitigating conflicts and peace building.

This project is led by Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD), in consortium with Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE), Ethiopian Human Rights Defenders Center (EHRDC) Ethiopian Initiative for Human Rights (EIHR ), East African Initiative for Change (I4C), Initiative for Peace and Development (IPD) and Setaweet movement.

This project will take place in Addis Ababa as well as Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR Regional States.

Project 2

Advancing Human Rights through Legal Aid Services

This project has the specific objective of providing legal aid services in police stations located in Addis Ababa, Adama and Hawassa with both stationed and mobile legal aid centers. The activities are targeted to make legal aid services accessible to detainees in the early stages of criminal proceedings in police stations. By providing legal aid services in police stations, the poor protection of access to justice in early stages of criminal proceedings will improve, thereby contributing to protection of the rights of detainees in police stations. Legal representation in police stations will also have impacts on the ways police handle detainees in the custodies. If rights of detainees are protected at this stage of criminal proceedings,  it will in its turn also reduce wrongful detention and convictions.

This project is led by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) in a consortium with Advocate Ethiopia (AE) and Mizan Young Lawyers Center (MYLC).

This project will take place in Addis Ababa, Adama and Hawassa.

Project 3

Ethiopian Civil Society Engagement Program (ECSEP)

This project comprises of five overlapping and parallelly run programs to be implemented by consortium members over the course of three years. The program package includes; Emerging Civil Society Leaders Fellowship, Civil Society Monthly Engagement Series, Emerging Civil Society Organizations Online Network, Digital Activism Training Program, and Annual Civil Society Awareness and Activism Campaign.  The core objective of the Engagement Program is the creation of a vibrant civic space in Ethiopia achieved through targeting four core gaps in leadership, institutional capacity, access to information, and networking identified by the Civil Society Resource Center in previous assessments conducted. Furthermore, the program incorporates digital activism as a new and relevant concept and emerging digital actors as important new CSO additions for the successful implementation of the overall program package and program goals.

The project is led by Civil Society Resource Center (CSRC), in consortium with Ethiopian Lawyers Association (ELA), Ethiopian Labor Rights Watch (ELRW), Inclusive Vision for Democratic Ethiopia (IVIDE) and Digital Rogue Society Experiment Group (DRSE.G).

This project will take place in Addis Ababa as well as Amhara, Oromia, Sidama, Somali Benishangul-Gumuz and Gambela Regional States.