Gender Network in Hawassa City

Initiative Africa’s  Making Change Happen project is working towards a more holistic approach to prevent prevent and combat violence against women, ensure freedom of choice, and foster gender gender equality within all sectors of society.  One of the main activities under this project is the expansion of SIDA’s existing gender network into the regions outside of Addis Ababa to increase its outreach capabilities. In collaboration with its regional partner, Center of Concerns in Hawassa, Initiative Africa established a gender network consisting of influential men and women who play a vital role in their community. The network was established, with COC’s support,  on December 12, 2018 in Hawassa with 12 select individuals in attendance.

Objective of the network

  • Assist project implementation by bringing together network leaders across multiple industries and sectors of society

  • Create a networking platform for women, community leaders and entrepreneurs to share best practice around running their networks, challenges and opportunities as well as leverage peer-to-peer support to enable network success and growth.


The overall goal will be to strengthen the outreach capabilities of the network and create a platform for experience sharing and peer-to-peer connections to aid the women in the community in advancing their professional and personal goals and remove barriers to women’s participation in community development.

Active Citizens – Get the Youth Skilled and Working Locally – Gurage Zone


Initiative Africa and British Council’s project called “ACTIVE CITIZENS: Get the Youth Skilled and Working Locally”, #YCDF conducted ‘Social Enterprise Leadership Training’, from December 07-09 and 15-16, 2018. The sensitization workshop and learning sessions attended by 72 participants (32 school children and 42 school community members) in Gurage Zone, Emdebir Secondary and Preparatory School.
With a view of creating future social enterprise schools, the social enterprise program will work directly with this young people [school children] by building their capacity through social enterprise leadership skills,  to increase their social engagement and to initiate school based community action project.

Call for Social Enterprise Organization

Initiative Africa requires the services of a social enterprise organization to collaborate with its Social Enterprise team to organize and implement activities that can reduce violence in schools. Please find below the necessary documents.

MCH Partners’ Proposal Template Call for Proposals SVI rev3 (1)

Call For Young Filmmakers – Workshop with Mr. Michael Havas

Embassy of the Czech Republic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is Proud to announce that it is having a film workshop on Monday, November 5 with filmmaker Michael Havas. Come join us 2:30-5:00 PM @ American cultural center at National Archives and Library Agency (Wemezeker)!


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.