Call for Students – Anti-Bulling Writing Contest

IA is calling for bright young Secondary students for a Writing Contest based on the international week of Anti-Bulling based on the following criteria:

  • School bullying (Physical, verbal, emotional and cyber-bullying) in schools
  • 500 – 1000 words max
  • English or Amharic language

Submission and Deadline: Submission deadline on November 25, 2018, 5:00 PM with the following methods.

In person: Initiative Africa Office around Bole Medhanialem, behind Edna Mall, Lucky Building, 5th Floor, R. No – 505, Addis Ababa


Google form:


3 Winner students will receive books worth to 1500 ETB each and represented schools will get books worth ETB 10,000 from Initiative Africa.

Active Citizens Training – British Council

Initiative Africa was part of a training delivered by @British Council on #Active_Citizens #Social_Enterprise A world where people are empowered to engage peacefully & effectively with other cultures in the sustainable development of communities. #Globally_Connected_Locally_Engaged

Initiative Africa Working With Sida To Support Gender Equality In 4 Regional States, Addis Ababa And Dire Dawa

Initiative Africa is working with Embassy of Sweden/Sida to support the project entitled MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN to promote gender equality.

This project has four components:

  1. Reduction of Gender-Based Violence in schools and the workplace
  2. Sexual Reproductive Health Education in secondary schools
  3. Media and Communication to Promote Gender Equality
  4. Gender Mainstreaming in the workplace, (private and NGOs).

The project which is expected to have a three-year duration covers 92 Woredas in six regions of Ethiopia namely; Addis Ababa, Amhara, Dire Dawa, Oromia, SNNPR, and Tigray.  MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN targets 132,000 beneficiaries of which 70% are women

The support from the Swedish Embassy and other donors will demonstrate their commitment to combating violence against women and girls and ensuring gender equality in Ethiopia. In particular, the project will mean more support to women to improve their socio-economic conditions, more support to transform workplaces so that organizations can turn the talent, creativity, and intelligence that come with gender equality into a business success. This also means that there will be more support for children and young girls and their community in the fight against violence.

IA Looking To Partner With Packard Foundation And Oromia Development Agency

In partnership with the Packard Foundation and the Oromia Development Agency (ODA), Initiative Africa is exploring ways to develop programmes that focus on youth development particularly better sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), sexual and reproductive health education and youth-friendly services.

The SRHR education is intended for boys and girls who are aged 12 -18, the program involves the development of a measurement tool for measuring adolescents’ knowledge of key SRHR topics and issues. Additionally, it also aspires to work on youth development especially on improving leadership qualities and motivating them to become volunteers so that they will be able to contribute to their community in any way they can.

IA Benefiting From USAID’s Local Capacity Development Program

Initiative Africa is currently benefitting from USAID’s Local Capacity Development (LCD) program. The primary goal of LCD is to strengthen the management capacity of local implementing partners so that they adopt strong systems which are fully compliant with USAID’s grant requirements. This is to ultimately create a pool of qualified, USAID-ready local organizations that are eligible to receive, and capable of managing, future USAID program funds as well as funding from other donors and sources. (The Kaizen Company, 2016)

The LCD team has conducted a performance assessment test at IA which led to the capacity building training and support to meet donor requirements. This training spans a duration of about 4 – 6 monthsand is focused on strategic planning, program management, financial management and human resource system management. Selected IA staff started attending this program according to the schedule given to them by the LCD- Kaizen Company.

Additionally, based on the recommendation given to IA by the LCD, IA is now working on revising its monitoring guideline, policy statements, reporting formats, and procedures.