Ethiopia Civil Society Signs Social Accountability Contracts

Historic Event in Nation’s Capital

Another 17 Ethiopian Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) signed grantees contracts on Monday with the Management Agency of the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program, also known as ESAP.

“The first phase of ESAP in 2006 achieved remarkable successes by constructively engaging citizens and service providers.”
Dr AbrahamTekeste, State Minister of Finance and Economic Development

The signing was celebrated in Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa in the attendance of State Minister of Finance and Economic Development Dr Abraham Tekeste. He congratulated the NGOs, but also reminded them that the signing comes with responsibilities as he recognized that “the first phase of ESAP in 2006 achieved remarkable successes by constructively engaging citizens and service providers.” Dr Abraham is also the chairman of the Social Accountability Steering Committee that oversees the progress of the projects.

By linking citizens and local and regional governments to discuss and interact about the delivery and quality of public basic services, ESAP gives a voice to the needs and concerns of all citizens in the areas of education, health, water and sanitation, agriculture and rural roads. Vulnerable groups such as the elderly, people living with HIV, women and the disabled are especially targeted during the social accountability programs.

“The social accountability programs have the potential to improve governance and strengthening democratic institutions.”
Dr Meshesha Shewarga, Executive Director of CCRDA

Social accountability is a process by which ordinary citizens, who are the users of public services, voice their needs, preferences and demands and create opportunities to hold policy-makers and service providers accountable for their performance. In the Ethiopian context, social accountability is understood in relation to the Woreda level governance structure, the very local structures of governance.

“The social accountability programs have great potential,” says Dr Meshesha Shewarga who is the Executive Director of CCRDA and a member of the Social Accountability Steering Committee. “It has potential to improve governance and strengthening democratic institutions.”

“If citizens can provide concrete feedback on the delivery of basic services, those services will improve.”
Guang Cheng, World Bank Country Director

The grants for the NGOs come from a $20 million Multi Donor Trust Fund facilitated by the World Bank. 52 Ethiopian NGOs are receiving grants in 2013 and 2014 to create awareness in communities to improve public basic services. All the organizations work with partner organizations to ensure grass root level activities.

World Bank Country Director Guang Cheng stressed the importance of ESAP2 during the signing ceremony: “If citizens can provide concrete feedback on the delivery of basic services, those services will improve.”

Over 35 staff members from the NGO’s are participating in the Social Accountability Training of Trainers (TOTs) this week in Addis Ababa, to ensure a constructive interaction between communities and service providers. The approaches, concepts and tools used for social accountability will be discussed.

Trainer Workneh Denekew outlined the following tools to reach social accountability: “We have the community scorecard, the citizens report card, there is community mapping, social auditing, participatory budgeting and social inclusion.” The participants in their turn are expected to train their colleagues and partners throughout the country.

Social Accountability Tools

-  Community scorecard
-  Citizens report card,
-  Community mapping
-  Social auditing
-  Participatory budgeting
-  Social inclusion

The first 13 NGO signed their grantees contracts in December 2012. The remaining organizations will possibly sign and receive the grant within in the coming weeks. The NGO’s combined will be active in over 400 Ethiopian woredas, which is more than half of the country.

17 NGO’s To Sign Social Accountability Contract on January 14:

-  Ilu Women and Children Integrated Development Association
-  Hope for Children Organization
-  EOC-DICAC
-  Tigray Youth Association
-  Migbare Senay Children and Family Support Organization
-  Gurage Development Association
-  Women Association of Tigray
-  Redeem the Generation
-  Save Lives
-  Mums for Mums
-  KMG Ethiopia
-  Women Support Association
-  Union of Ethiopian Women Charitable Associations
-  Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization
-  Addis Ababa Women’s Association
-  Ogaden Welfare and Development Association
-  Love in Action Ethiopia
-  VECOD

Learn more about Social Accountability

Read about the first signing ceremony

Find out here which other organizations will be signing a Social Accountability Contract

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