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A guide to how community development is using broad-based ownership models to help low- and moderate-income communities. Marjorie Kelly, Steve Dubb, and Violeta Duncan for The Democracy Collaborative,

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 19:42

Nia Foundation - Brief Portfolio

Initiated in May 2002, Nia Foundation is an indigenous, nonprofit and non-governmental humanitarian organization established from the outset to alleviating the all rounded challenges faced by persons with autism and other related developmental disorders, and young men and women living in challenging socio-economic circumstances. Having made the necessary multispectral preparations and forging partnerships with the government, national and international NGOs, Nia Foundation was legally registered and licensed by the FDRE Ministry of Justice in 12th January 2006. While recently, the foundation is reregistered in November 2009 by the FDRE Charities and Societies Agency Proclamation No. 621/2009, as Ethiopian Residents Charity Organization with registration No0854 and permitted to operate in all regional states of the country. Its head office is located in Addis Ababa Nifas Silk Lafto Sub City, Woreda 04, House # 887.  More on the Foundation icon Nia Foundation (221.21 kB)

The May Forum is being organized for the fifth time, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosting more than 500 participants at a time, and aiming to cultivate a culture of dialogue and reflection.

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change. Click to View the Video Here

Violence against women and girls is related to their lack of power and control, as well as to the social norms that prescribe men and women’s roles in society and condone abuse. Inequalities between men and women cut across public and private spheres of life, and across social, economic, cultural, and political rights; and are manifested in restrictions and limitations on women’s freedoms, choices and opportunities. These inequalities can increase women’s and girls’ risks of abuse, violent relationships and exploitation, for example, due to economic dependency and limited survival and income-earning options, or discrimination under the law as it relates to marriage, divorce, and child custody rights. Violence against women and girls is not only a consequence of gender inequality, but reinforces women’s low status in society and the multiple disparities between women and men. (UN General Assembly, 2006)

Abuse comes in many forms: physical, sexual, FGM that compromises severely women’s health, human trafficking for the purpose of sex slaves, early marriages that hinders a woman’s earning capacity hence becoming dependent on others, and many harmful traditional practices and a man’s ill habit of having multiple partners with no regard to the health compromised of the wife sexually transferable diseases such as HIV-Aids.

Saturday, 30 January 2016 11:56

Tensai Ze Etiopia

Investing in Ethiopia’s future and betting on its future generations should and will become formidable leaders whose heart is connected to the Ethiopia’s Citizens in every aspect of the Citizens' needs. ILAE was founded by courageous Ethiopian Diasporas to offer education that inspires, nurtures and develops young women and men to be leaders in their communities, in Ethiopia, and beyond.

1.     Introduction to the CIRHT program

In the past 50 years, family planning has been one of the most successful development interventions with a range of potential benefits, encompassing economic development, maternal and child health, educational advances, and women’s empowerment. In addition to these, it is one of the major strategies of harmonizing population growth with socio-economic development through balancing family size with individual economic capacity. It is also an important tool of ensuring women's human, economic and political rights and their full participation in the development process.

For adolescent girls and women, reproductive health services particularly that of family planning care is critical at every stage of life. This is largely because the use of contraceptives can reduce maternal mortality and improve women’s health by preventing unwanted and/or high-risk pregnancies. In many countries, however, comprehensive reproductive health care, including family planning, is not available or accessible because there are too few trained health professionals to guide clients.

Sexual abuse and exploitation of male children is one of the emerging social problems affecting the physical, social and psychological wellbeing of children in Addis Ababa. The magnitude of the problem seems much worse among the street boys because of their precarious living conditions. However, very little is known about the problem so far and it is apparently one of the least researched issue in the country.

 The key role played by the private sector in spurring economic development, often referred to as “engine of growth”, has since long been common knowledge. Private sector development (PSD) has thus received increasing attention by policy-makers in the developing world and by the development community alike. In this context, the creation of an enabling business environment through business environment reforms has been acknowledged as an important pre-requisite for unleashing a private sector response that leads to dynamic growth, and ultimately employment and income generation. A debate is ongoing, however, as to the relative merits and development impact of improvements of various dimensions of the business environment on the one hand, and of targeted public policy interventions in support of PSD on the other.

The present study by the German Development Institute (GDI), Bonn, offers a contribution to this debate. Taking a closer look at the reasoning and results of a set of regulatory reforms in sub-Saharan Africa—focusing on easing business registration, the provision of property rights and the simplification of labour regulations—the study advocates a balanced approach. It argues that while constituting a necessary condition, business environment reforms alone will ultimately not be sufficient to foster enterprise development in sub-Saharan Africa in a broad way, and hence require supplementary action at other fronts.

The study has been jointly commissioned by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

Read the full document here ...icon Creating an enabling environment for private sector development in sub-Saharan Africa (1.76 MB)

Monday, 28 September 2015 03:25

2015 Women of Excellence (WOE)

AWiB would like to announce the 2015 Women of Excellence (WOE) nominees. Every year as we celebrate outstanding Ethiopian Women who serve their communities and country tirelessly, this time around, we bring you 7 magnificent women in our Pinnacle. Their full story will be posted on October Focus and they will be celebrated on October 25, 2015 at a Gala Dinner held in Sheraton Addis.  To get closer to these women and catch their fever, we urge you to join us at the AWIB 2015 WOE Gala Dinner.

Read more about WOE here ....

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AWiB would like to proudly acknowledge its partners for the year.

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