and Development Association (CRDA)
5674 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel.: 251-1-650100, Fax: 251-1-652280
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
enhance understanding and collective learning among members and other
facilitate and coordinate information exchange
build the capacity of member agencies
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.
for which supports are provided include:
& technical supports for such activities as strategic planning, need
assessment, fund raising, etc.
for pilot & rehabilitation projects
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:
and techniques of project planning, monitoring and evaluation
and techniques for lobbying, public relation and communication
security and environment
training Department also regularly organizes such discussion fora as
workshops and conferences on topical issues of interest to the membership.
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.
bi-monthly General Meeting brings together members, bilateral,
multi-lateral and other interested agencies to share information on
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
Forces are established in order to respond to emerging needs. The
Government-NGO Relations and Emergency Task Forces are two examples in
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 compiling of information and disseminating it to users is another
major role and objective of CRDA. To
this end, systems that exist are:
on profiles of Members, National Consultants, data on HIV/AIDS, WatSAN
web site with profiles of members programs updates and other relevant
monthly Newsletter (CRDA News), keeps members and other interested
and Reports of various workshops and other consultations organized by
Café facility for members to access the Internet.
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.
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.
operate in various parts of the Country; both in urban and rural
often focus on such areas as education, health, food security, and
membership is open to NGOs in Ethiopia that meet the following criteria:
should be a voluntary humanitarian and/or development organization
operational in Ethiopia.
accept the Memorandum of Association and the by-laws of CRDA.
be legally registered with appropriate authorities of the Governmen.
be able to exhibit transparency and integrity in its operations.
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.
major sources of CRDA funds include: