The first session of the Council-Media-CSO collaboration was held at Axum Hotel. It was the first meeting after the singing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the three parties. The meeting was attended by representatives of each party and each presented a paper. The first paper was presented by the council which discussed the laws of the country, laws and their relations to the CSO community. The second paper was presented by the Media that discussed media and its relations to Development. The third and final paper was presented by Ato Zemichael on behalf of the CSOs, who discussed the contribution of CSO’s in the region and what exactly CSOs entailed. The meeting ended off with a statement of understanding from the tree parties that discussed them working together towards the Growth and Transformation Plan set out by the government.
Elderly Association meetings
ACSOT has been facilitating the meetings of the Elderly Association who have been coming together to discuss their successful call for the CSSP call. The meetings have been mostly used to discuss project preparations as well as allocation of the funds.
Management Committee meeting of the CSSP project.
ACSOT participated in the Management meeting for those granted the CSSP funds. It was the first meeting as was used as a means for organizations. It was decided the committee will meet monthly until December, when meeting will be changed to quarterly. The main agenda of the management meetings will be to discuss on the reports from the technical committee who will meet every fortnight. The MOU was also discussed as well as budget arrangements. A standard format for reporting was also developed and distributed.
Also not related to this meeting, the CSSP team will be coming to Mekelle from Addis on Monday October the 22nd to hold a meeting at Axum hotel. The team will come to evaluate work to date and will hear a presentation from each organization who have received the funds.