CSOs in sustainable development in Ethiopia. Broadening the role of CSOs in sustainable development in Ethiopia


This project researched how CSOs working in the area of sustainable development responded to regulatory restrictions on advocacy work which were put in place by the Ethiopian authorities in 2009. We found that the restrictive laws had a severe impact: many CSOs had to shut down or limit their operational capacity to service delivery only. CSO networks became inactive as well. Those that survived in some cases continued to do advocacy work, disguised as service delivery. This shows that northern stakeholders should not adhere to a strict division between advocacy and service delivery in their funding policy. They also should focus on long-term CSO engagement and long-term CSO funding and not resort to shifting funding priorities. In 2019, new legislation was adopted that replaces the current stringent regulatory framework for CSOs. The new law envisions a far greater role for self-regulation in the civil society sector while still maintaining some degree of State oversight through registration, reporting and funding allocation requirements. Our overall conclusion, therefore, is that although the regulatory environment for CSOs is improving, the sector is still in need of international support and ongoing, consistent and reliable funding.

DOI https://doi.org/10.17026/dans-269-5jhv
Source https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:nl:ui:13-ia-15fz
Metadata Access https://easy.dans.knaw.nl/oai?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_datacite&identifier=oai:easy.dans.knaw.nl:easy-dataset:156063
Creator Verschuuren, J.M. (Tilburg University)
Publisher Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
Publication Year 2020
Rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess; DANS License
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Dataset
Format application/pdf
Discipline Social Sciences
Spatial Coverage Ethiopia