Civil Society Capacity Building

CSF002-1401- Realising Opportunities for Most At Risk Populations (MARPS) in Keffa and Bagamoyo

CSF002-1401 is a three-year Irish Aid funded civil society project that was officially started in Dec. 2014 so 2015 was in effect the first year of the project. The overall aim of the intervention is to strengthen the capacity, voice and links between marginalized groups, to access essential services, social justice and benefit from local development and economic growth through an organized and strengthened Civil Society in Bagamoyo District (Tanzania) and in Kaffa Zone (Ethiopia) where the forest dwelling minority group the Menja are currently disadvantaged and discriminated against.


Bagamoyo, Tanzania:


The specific objectives of the programme in Tanzania are:

  • Promote 22 Wards of Bagamoyo District to uphold social justice and rights of vulnerable groups.
  • Enhance capacity building & economic empowerment of 5, 717 members of vulnerable groups in the district.
  • Contribute to the capacity building and strengthening of 9 local associations to advocate for vulnerable groups rights.


  • Training sessions with over 400 people in 26 different wards of Bagamoyo on women’s and children’s international and national law including community justice facilitators, ward, village, and sub-village leaders and ward court members
  • 102 vulnerable women were trained on HIV prevention and income generating activities
  • 9 local associations agreed to set up a union in order to pool resources and knowledge
  • 36 members were trained on association management, leadership, accounting sustainability, financial management and transparency, and team building.


Kaffa Zone, Ethiopia:


The specific objectives of the programme in Ethiopia are:

  • Promote 24 Kebeles in 2 Woredas of Kaffa Zone to uphold social justice and rights of vulnerable groups.
  • Enhance capacity building & economic empowerment of 1,428 Menja in 2 Woredas (Gimbo and Adyio) of Kaffa Zone (Ethiopia).


  • 430 children attended a mixed pre-school (including 197 Menja and 213 female students)
  • Over 80 representatives from different sectors were trained on the access to services and resources between the Menja and the majority population
  • 434 people including 209 Meja and 171 female are learning to read and write through a functional literacy programme.



CSF018-1101- Promoting Capacities of Communities/Civil Society Organizations to Realise Rights of Marganalized

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A newcivil society project that began in 2012 in Ethiopia is a Community Based Response to Vulnerability to HIV & AIDS. This project is located in the Amhara region and aims at reducing the socio economic vulnerability of the most at risk populations (MARPs) i.e. women, girls and orphans and their exposure to HIV and AIDS through civic society’s empowerment. More specifically it aims to strengthen the community-based associations of women, girls and orphans and to promote a coordinated response with local institutions, to human rights violations and socioeconomic exclusion.


AMAHRA REGION EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT No Education Some Primary Completed primary Some secondary Compleated secondary More than secondary
Female houshold population (%) 56.9 35.5 2 3.2 0.2 1.9
Male household population (%) 47.1 44.6 2.6 3.5 0.3 1.8

PERCENTAGE OF CHILDREN INVOLVED IN: Working outside household Working for family business Child labour
Children age 5-11 5.7%
(4.9% unpaid work)
15.7% 20.2%
Children age 12-14 10.5%
(8.4% unpaid work)
31% 58.1%

PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN 15-19 IN AMHARA REGION WHO: Have had a live birth Are pregnant with fist child Have begun child bearing
10.2% 1.4% 11.6%


Statistics about the Amhara Region

Results in 2015:

  • Training for 133 members from district offices on how to ensure monitoring, training and follow up of CCCs at Kebele (village) level
  • Training for 176 people including CCC members and teachers on how to provide psychological support and counselling to women and children who suffered from abuse.
  • Training for 80 housemaids on HIV and AIDS prevention
  • Training for 80 housemaids on life and basic business skills
  • Educational materials for 401 orphan children
  • Scholarships for 60 girls from 3 zones to attend preparatory school
  • Training for 151 inmates, staff and guards from 3 prisons in HIV and AIDS prevention and control
  • The 14 children living in the prison of Bahir Dar with their mothers were given education materials



CSF049-0701 and 0702- HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Programme in North and South Gondar Zones - Ethiopia

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This project worked from 2007 - 2009 in Ethiopia's North and South Gondar to work on HIV and AIDS prevention and care.

Project CSF049-0702 also ran from 2007 - 2009 but worked in Tanzania's Bagamoyo district.

CSF229-0704- Regional Capacity Building for HIV/AIDS Prevention- Amhara Region, Ethiopia


This project finished in 2008 and focused on regional capacity building for HIV and AIDS prevention in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.