[November 12-30] Activities

CSSP

ACSOT’s CSSP project is moving along nicely.  At current we are working on two items, a familiarization workshop which was intended to take place on December 8th but due to availability issue of officials on the woreda level we will be moving it to another time.  However Trainers training is intended to start this week.   We look forward to all other Activities regarding to this project.

Just to summaries the project for those how might not know about it, ACSOT is working with partners Mums for Mums, Operation Rescue, HAB and Chura Abogida Artistic Association on a project called “Build and strengthen CSOs/CBOs’ networks in Tigray Region and ensure effective inclusion to play vital role in the development process”

The objective of this project is by the year end of the project period, strong Woreda Network in the project areas will be established and the links and cooperation between the networks, CCCs & Women development at the grassroots level will have been built.

HAPCO

ACSOT has officially become a full Member of the HAPCO which includes a space on its board.  ACSOT is very excited at this honor and looks forward to all the future work in this regards.

ACSOT Board members Meeting

ACSOTS board members are to meet this week to discuss the process for ACSOT to renew its license.  At this meeting ACSOT will present the board with its Annual report for 2012 ad well as a proposal for what is to come in 2013.  Along with those documents ACSOT will submit its audit report.  ACSOT is meant to renew its license at the beginning of the next year.

CRDA

ACSOT has officially ended its project with CRDA and is currently at the point of settlement.  Yonas, the ACSOT accountant will be traveling to Addis on December 10th, 2012 to settle all final accounts.

24th HIV/AIDS day

ACSOT traveled to AXUM with many other people in Ethiopia to celebrate not only St. Marys day but also the annual Worlds AIDS day.  Even though the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Tigray and Ethiopia has been on a general decline, HIV/AIDS is a serious problem shared worldwide.  It does not discriminate against location, race or wealth and affects all facets of global society.

The event at Axum was attended by all of the Bureau heads as well as all of Tigrays Woredas leaders.  The president of the region was also there to open the celebration.   During the event there was a panel discussion that was attended but ACSOT and the discussion was focused on two parts.  The first presenter focused on the status of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia and Tigray today.  They discussed the decreasing prevalence and effected areas still today, like Ethiopia’s universities.  Also discussed were negative impacts of HAPCO being dissolved in to the Bureau of Health as well as the low political commitment of leaders.   The second presenter focused on the topic of mainstreaming HIV/AIDS and workplace policies.  The conclusion was that workplaces in Ethiopia were not doing enough in regards to HIV/AIDS policy and an improvement is needed.  Final a smaller discussion was dedicated to Khat use and how this major problem should be incorporated into the Bureau of Health’s agenda against HIV/AIDS.  It was said that the semi-narcotic promoted an increase in HIV prevalence.  These panel discussions were attended by about 250 people.

Adigrat University

Ato Zemichael, Director of ACSOT was invited and participated in the opening ceremony of the new Adigrat University.  The event was fantastic and ACSOT wished the new University all the best and much future success.

TROCAIRE

ACSOT has concluded with two training this past weekend for our TROCAIRE project.  The two trainings took place at Gabriel Selassie hotel in Adigrat and focused on 1. Networking and 2. Downward accountability.  Both trainings were a success and ACSOT looks forward to our next steps in the TROCAIRE project.

VSO

ACSOT completed last week a three day training for a VSO project we had on capacitating Members in the area of communication.  The training was structured into two parts.  The first part was two day training for those members needing more basic communications training.  They focused on basic computer functions, Microsoft word, communications and finance.  The second part was a one day training that focused more on advanced power point presentations skills as well as aspect of finance.  The training overall was a success and ACSOT looks forward to answering the call by members for continued computer training.

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About Alliance of Civil Society Organizations of Tigray

The Alliance of Civil Society Organizations of Tigray is a non-political, not for profit consortium that acts as an umbrella organization for all federaly registered Civil Societies in the region of Tigray in Ethiopia. It is a national participatory initiative that encourages local groups (however small) to empower not only themselves through collective experience sharing but to empower those in their communities to uplif themselves from the issues at hand. Each member organizations battles diverse societal issues that reach to all facets of local population. ACSOT represents Childrens groups, Health initiatives (Including HIV/AIDS based societies), Societies for the blind and differently abled, and many Mass-based societies like Women, Youth and Pofessional Associations. With such a broad and diverse network of people and topics, ACSOT strives to create a common forum for it’s members to bring about a common voice. We have all heard the popular saying “ United we stand but divided we shall fall.” This is something that applies to the core values of ACSOT. With a unified common voice even the smallest members can be heard. As an umbrealla Organization ACSOT is an essential arm to conduct lobbying and dialouge on subjects of societal importance. It’s mass base opens dialouge for its members with parties they would not normaly have access to if standing alone. Dialouge is the first step towards sustainable, societal development. ACSOT’s primary objectives are as follows: 1. Promote Participatory development in a coordinated and organized manner. 2. Enhance Technical capacity of member organizations through different training programs. 3.Service as a bridge among regional government, CSO’s and the People of Tigray. General Background of ACSOT The Alliance of Civil Society Organizations of Tigray was established in 2007 and has a total of 74 registered members, federally and regionally. ACSOT envisions strongly bonded vibrant CSOs’ networks, effecting good governance, democratization, improved livelihood, and green and friendly environment throughout the world. ACSOT Works with International Partner charities like TROCAIRE/CAFOD/SCIAF, European Commission (Civil Society Fund), UNAIDS as well as National and Regional groups like The Consortium of Christian Relif & Development Association (CCRDA), Relif Society of Tigray (REST), and Tigray HAPCO. Further, ACSOT wants to expand its working relation with other Regional and National charities and societies like NECSO-Oromia, Resource Centre - SNNPR, APDF - Afar, BGDAN - Benishangul–Gumuz. Legal and Loose ends ACSOT definition of Civil Society: The area of uncoerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values. List of all Federally Registered Members who adhere to the “Charities & Societies Proclamation Number 621/2009” • Tigray Region Teacher’s Association • Partner for Development Association • Union Disability Association of Tigray • Ethiopian Society of Sociologist, Social Workers and Anthropologists • Ethiopia Siga Dewe Tetekiwoch Beherawi Mahiber • Organization for Social Services for AIDs • Family Umbrella Association • Save Generation Association Tigray • Human to Human AID Program • Vision in Action Social & Development Association • Daughters of Charity • The Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Commission • Human Being Association of Brotherhood • Tigray Development Association • United Evangelical Church Association • Children & Youth Welfare & Development Association • Ethiopian National Assocaition on Intellectual Disabilities • Welfare Association Arch Bishop Yohannes • Quality of Education for Sustainable Development Association • Relif Society of Tigray • Mums for Mums • Chora Abuguda Association • Operation Rescue Ethiopia • Champions of Change HIV positive Demobilized Fighters Association of Tigray • Lola Children’s Home for HIV Orphans • New Vision HIV Positive Association • Nesanet HIV ve Associaiton Tigray • Rese Debriteka Senior Citizens case support Assocaition • SOS Children Village Mekelle • Nur-Selam HIV positive Muslim Association of Tigray • Hdasea HIV positive Association Tigray • Ethiopian National Association of the Blind • Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development & Inter-Church Aid Commission • Progressive Ethiopian Women Development Associaton • African Service Committee • Bright African intergration NOTE: ACSOT is a transparent organization that promotes accountability and good goverenance not only in its ranks but amongst its members inclusivly. If anyone has further questions on ACSOT operations or how one can get involved please feel free to contact us. Address: Kahsa Building, 1st floor, Rooms 104& 105, Mekelle, Ethiopia. Contact: Ato Zemicael G/Medhin Executive Director ACSOT Tel: 034.440.03.53 Mobile: 094.77.00.96 Email: acsot@ethionet.et
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