* ACSOT would like to pay its condolences to the family and friends of the Late Prime Minister, Ato Meles Zenawi. This is a difficult time for the nation of Ethiopia and we pray for stability and fast morale recovery. In this regard the past work week has been a bit slow, for it was with a heavy heart we attempted business as usual.
Oromo Network meeting
ACSOT’s Project Manger, Ato Berihu traveled to Addis last week to attend a networking meeting by the Oromo network NEXO. This network had recently completed a study about how the new law (Proclamation 621/2009) affects networks and their objectives in Ethiopia. Unfortunately when Ato Berihu and the other participants arrived at the meeting, due to the events of the day (Meles Zenawi’s passing ) the meeting did not go forward as planned. There was a short 2 hour briefing and then the meeting was cancelled.
ACSOT has recently secured a small grant from VSO-Ethiopia on the topic of National Volunteering Initiatives. The grant aims “to support Government and Civil Society Organizations to realize the engagement and participation of Ethiopian citizens in National Volunteering programs to contribute towards the development of Ethiopia and therefore reduce poverty and improve their quality of life.”
ACSOT’s project entitled “Development of National volunteer networks and communication capacities” will be a 2 day training focused on basic communication and networking skills. It is ACSOTs aim to improve the Tigray network with improving basic communications and access to knowledge.
Every member organization will be invited to send two representatives (1 male and 1 female) to ensure sustainability of the information attained.
During the training ACSOT will also be conducting a current capacity study that will be done via an extensive questionnaire. This questionnaire will try to identify all the strengths and gaps of EACH organization and gather the data into a database for easy viewing. This information will be important for future capacity building projects.
ACSOT would like to thanks VSO-E for the funding.