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Christian Relief and Development Association (CRDA)

P.O.Box 5674 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel.: 251-1-650100, Fax: 251-1-652280

E-mail:  crda@telecom.net.et

Webpage: www.crdaethiopia.org


The Christian Relief and Development Association (CRDA) is an indigenous umbrella organization of NGOs and religion-based agencies operating in Ethiopia. It was established in 1973 as a Relief Coordinating Agency by 13 religion based and secular humanitarian organizations. Its membership is now close to 200 agencies.


To strengthen the capacity of its member agencies, in order to help disadvantaged communities/groups in their endeavors to improve their standards of living and their control over their own livelihood on sustainable basis.



  • To enhance understanding and collective learning among members and other partners

  • To facilitate and coordinate information exchange

  • To build the capacity of member agencies


Program Support:

This is a service that CRDA provides to its member agencies so as to enhance their local capacity, with the ultimate objective of creating a strong NGO sector able to meet the expectations of its development partners. Areas for which supports are provided include:

  • Financial & technical supports for such activities as strategic planning, need assessment, fund raising, etc.

  • Institutional Strengthening Grants

  • Funding for pilot & rehabilitation projects

  • Mentoring


CRDA’s training programs intend to strengthen the institutional and organizational capacity of member agencies to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate their projects and programs. The annual calendars include specific and short-term courses in:

  • Management and leadership

  • Tools and techniques of project planning, monitoring and evaluation

  • Skills and techniques for lobbying, public relation and communication

  • Food security and environment

  • Gender perspectives

The training Department also regularly organizes such discussion fora as workshops and conferences on topical issues of interest to the membership.


Networking and Information:

  • CRDA serves as a center for linkages, discussion and collaboration among members, and with the major development actors.  A number of regular and ad hoc committees get operational support from CRDA and dwell on issues of importance to the sector.

  • The bi-monthly General Meeting brings together members, bilateral, multi-lateral and other interested agencies to share information on developments.

  • Working Groups meet monthly to discuss and promote issues in their respective areas of interest.  So far, Children and Youth, Urban, HIV/AIDS.  watSAN, Gender, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Health Working Groups are operational and more are expected to be institutionalized.

  • Task Forces are established in order to respond to emerging needs. The Government-NGO Relations and Emergency Task Forces are two examples in this regard.

  • Networking with organizations outside Ethiopia has also made CRDA part and parcel of international groups such as international Council of Voluntary Association (ICVA), International Council of Social Welfare (ICSW), and African Center for Civil Society.  The Eastern African Sub Regional Support to the Advancement of Women (EASSI) and others.

  • Generating and compiling of information and disseminating it to users is another major role and objective of CRDA.  To this end, systems that exist are:

  • Databases on profiles of Members, National Consultants, data on HIV/AIDS, WatSAN programs.

  • A web site with profiles of members programs updates and other relevant information.

  • The monthly Newsletter (CRDA News), keeps members and other interested groups informed.

  • Proceedings and Reports of various workshops and other consultations organized by CRDA

  • Cyber Café facility for members to access the Internet.

  • A Resource Center with books, journals, reports and other NGO-relevant printed and visual materials, and Research undertaking, which is part of CRDA’s information generation mechanism.


CRDA membership, to date is close to 200. Most of the members implement development projects that target disadvantaged and/or poor segments of the society including children, women the displaced and the elderly.  Some members are also involved in local capacity building, environmental protection and advocacy.

  • Members operate in various parts of the Country; both in urban and rural set-ups.

  • Projects/programs often focus on such areas as education, health, food security, and others.

CRDA membership is open to NGOs in Ethiopia that meet the following criteria:

  • It should be a voluntary humanitarian and/or development organization operational in Ethiopia.

  • Should accept the Memorandum of Association and the by-laws of CRDA.

  • Should be legally registered with appropriate authorities of the Governmen.

  • Should be able to exhibit transparency and integrity in its operations.

Regional Liaisoning:

Cognizant of the need for partnership with the various actors at regional level, CRDA is establishing liaison offices in the Regions. The major task of these offices is facilitating inter and intra-NGO networking and information exchange at regional level.

Source of Funds:

The major sources of CRDA funds include:

  • International donor partner organizations in Europe and North America.

  • Membership fees.

  • Cost-sharing mechanisms.



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