The CEPPS Ethiopia team has been selected by the United States Agency for International Development as a finalist for the 2023 Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) Case Competition. The entry submitted by the International Republican Institute (IRI), a core partner in the consortium, highlights how IRI leveraged CLA practices to build locally owned, results-driven program initiatives throughout its work to bolster advocacy and peacebuilding efforts by Ethiopian civil society organizations (CSO).
The learning-oriented, collaborative approach enabled seven Ethiopian CSO partners to design locally-tailored projects, such as creating “peace clubs” in schools, as well as advocating for government action in conflict-affected regions. In addition, partner-led reflection workshops have empowered these organizations to collect community input to promote local project ownership and buy-in.
CEPPS welcomes USAID’s recognition of the consortium’s CLA work in Ethiopia. Prioritizing CLA is key in all CEPPS programming, and we are pleased to share our learning with others in the democracy, rights and governance sector.