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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: Email:

The downward accountability training to member organizations and the Woreda networks had been given Nov 28 through 2 December 2012 at two at Mekelle and Addigrat towns. The Mekelle capacity building component composes, Downward accountability-( the HAP standards and minimum … Continue reading

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The CSSP training had conducted 4-7 Dec, 2012. In the training all implementing partners had sent 2 participants  and in total 8 officers had participated. Of these, 1 is female and 7 are male. just to give a photo of … Continue reading

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[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 … Continue reading

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[November 1-9 Activities]

CSSP Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop ACSOT was joined by its partners and some members who have won the CSSP grant for a 2 day workshop at Axum Hotel.  The purpose of the workshop was to go over CSSP’s Monitoring and … Continue reading

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Mekelle Child Forum This months experience sharing meeting with the Mekelle Child Sub Forum took place at SOS Children’s Village Ethiopia. The meeting was very organized and the agenda included a film, a presentation on SOS process from admission to … Continue reading

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[October 1-13] Activities

Council-Media-CSO 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 … Continue reading

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[September 17-23 Activities]

CRDA – Monitoring and Evaluation – Axum Ato Berihu and Ato Yonas went to Axum to conduct a Monitoring and Evaluation session for the end of ACSOT’s CRDA project.  The pair visited the project and ensured all 3 CCCs received … Continue reading

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[September 9-16 Activities]

Mekelle Child Sub-Forum Another meeting for the child sub forum was held on the 13th at Operation Rescue.  This one was much more successful then the last.  The meeting was attended by the highest amount members to date.  At this … Continue reading

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[September 1-9] Activities

Child Sub-Forum Meeting A meeting was held this past week for all the members of the Mekelle Child Sub-Forum Meeting.  Unfortunately the meeting was only attended by 9 out of 40 members.   The purpose of the meeting was to assist … Continue reading

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[August 19-26 Activities]

* 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.  … Continue reading

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