Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund Shortlists 22 Project Proposals

ADDIS ABEBA – Board of Directors of Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund (EDTF) has shortlisted 22 projects for final selection after reviewing hundreds of proposals, the Fund said on Tuesday.

The selection was made from more than 300 proposals that the Fund received in September 2019.

The project proposals were reviewed by volunteer Ethiopian experts in a variety of fields recruited from Ethiopia and the global Ethiopian diaspora community, the Trust Fund said.

After the experts performed a full review of 242 proposals, 68 were found to meet the established criteria. Out of these, the Trust Fund said its Secretariat presented 22 projects to the Board of Directors for their consideration and approval.

“The initial project review process has been completed successfully and qualified projects that meet EDTF’s publicly announced project selection criteria and scoring system have been shortlisted,” said Zafu Eyesuswork Zafu, Chairman of EDTF Board of Directors.

The key proposal evaluation criteria included was sustainability of the proposed project, potential impact, relevance, scalability, innovation and creativity, cost efficiency, accountability, transparency and communication, the Fund said.

Regional equity was also taken into consideration in deciding the short-listed applicants.

The shortlisted projects will now undergo a final implementation capacity assessment and budget review.

This time, Fund said the focus would be on organizational resources, management and effectiveness to deliver on proposed project outcomes. “These approved projects will be advanced for an assessment by an independent consultant for their Organizational Capacity and Budget Proposal before the final grantees are identified,” he continued.

Zafu also affirmed that “all the donated funds will be fairly allocated among projects selected through a transparent and comprehensive review process for its critical need, project design, practicality of implementation and financial soundness”.

A total of 4,000,000 USD is allocated to finance projects in the first round of funding, according to EDTF.

The minimum and maximum amount that will be granted per project is approximately ETB 6,400,000 (USD $200,000) and ETB 11,200,000 (USD $350,000), respectively.

Final project awards will be announced following the signing of project implementation contracts with
grantees on the 30th of January 2020.

The 22 shortlisted projects in no chronological order are:

 1. Korah Great Hope Charity Organization (KGHCO) on Water and Sanitation. Hygiene and sanitation promotion at Woreda 01 of Kolfe Keraniyo Sub-City

 2. Hiwot Integrated Development Organization (HIDO) on Education. Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

 3. Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE) on Women Employment.  Enhancing the employability and competitiveness of underprivileged young and adult women in Addis   Ababa

 4. Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with Disabilities – FENAPD on Women & Youth & Rehabilitation. Improving the livelihood of women and youth with disability, Addis Ababa, Oromia, SNNPR, Amhara,     and Tigray

 5. Beza Posterity Development Organization on Child Protection.  Collaborative and Indigenous Action to Prevent Child Marriage and FGM (CIAPCm) in Afar Region

 6. Pro Development Network on Water Sanitation and Hygiene.  Promotion of safe Water Supply, Hygiene and Sanitation for Hard- to -reach Communities Using   renewable energy in Afar and Tigray Region

 7. Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA) on Water and Sanitation. Yilmana Densa WASH Project

 8. Help for Persons with Disabilities-Organization (HPD-O) on Education.

Build the fulfilling capacity of special needs education units in selected primary schools for the provision of specialized services for neglected children with disabilities to be effectively and meaningfully integrated with regular school system

 9. Network of Charitable Association of HIV Positive for Health and Development (NAPHAD) on Sanitation. Come on Clean (COC); Action Against Open Defecation and Waste Dumping

 10. Ethiopian Red Cross Society on Water and Sanitation for Internally Displaced People. Integrated WASH and Livelihood Recovery Project for Conflict Displaced Population in Central Gondar Zone

 11. Shayashone Trading PLC on Food, Income and Nutrition Security / Youth Employment. Promoting Hermetic Storage Technologies (PICS Bags) for Household food-income-Nutrition Security and Job Opportunity for youth in Amhara, SNNPR and Oromia regions

 12. Boro-Shinasha Development Association (Boro-SDA) on Agriculture. Youthful Agribusiness Development Project in Benishangul-Gumuz Region in Benishangul-Gumuz Region

 13. Dire Dawa Agriculture, Water Mine and Energy Bureau on Irrigation and Water Supply. Hasenliso irrigation development and potable water supply project

 14. Mathiwos Wondu – YeEthiopia Cancer Society on Health, Cervical Cancer. Strengthening access for Cervical Cancer Screening in Gambella, Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz Regions of Ethiopia in Gambella, Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz

 15. Haramaya University on Solid Waste Management/Income Generation. Waste-to-Wealth: Eco-friendly Approaches for Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Harar City, Ethiopia in Harar

 16. Siiqqee Women’s Development Association (SWDA) on Agri-Business Development for Internally Displaced People. Reestablishment of livelihoods for Internal Displaced people in Oromia Regional State, Oromia Regional State

 17. Oromo Self Reliance Association (OSRA) on Health and Education. Clean water supply, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion for rural communities and schools located in four woredas of Oromia Region

 18. Bole Bible Baptist church Child Care and Community Development (BBBC) on Education. Enlightenment Through Education (ETE) Project in Oromia

 19. Gurmuu Development Association (Gurmuu) on Education. Enhancing educational provision in four primary schools through improving children learning environment in Oromia Regional State

 20. Hadiya Development Association (HAD) on Education. Daneto Secondary School Upgrading Project, Soro Woreda, Hadiya Zone, SNNPRS

 21. Tigrai Development Association (TDA) on Education. Help the Child for Lifelong Learning (HCLL Project)

 22. Association Develop Horn (AD-Horn) – Rehabilitation of Disabled People. Empowering the Differently Able and Work Towards the Hidden Reality II: Support peoples with hearing impairment and autistic children in Jigjiga city administration, Ethiopia Somali Regional State

Image Caption: Chairman of EDTF Board of Directors Zafu Eyesuswork Zafu [File Photo]