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 federally 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 uplift themselves from the issues at hand. Each member organizations battles diverse societal issues that reach to all facets of local population.
ACSOT represents children’s groups, Health initiatives (Including HIV/AIDS based societies), Societies for the blind and differently able, and many Mass-based societies like Women, Youth and professional 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 a umbrealla Organization ACSOT is an essential arm to conduct lobbying and dialogue on subjects of societal importance. It’s mass base opens dialogue for its members with parties they would not normally have access to if standing alone. Dialogue 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), Relief 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 association 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 association Tigray • Rese Debriteka Senior Citizens case support association • 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 Associate • African Service Committee • Bright African integration
NOTE: ACSOT is a transparent organization that promotes accountability and good governance not only in its ranks but amongst its members inclusively.
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: email@example.com