The project is implemented in 5 primary schools found in Asella town in Oromia Region, Ethiopia. The proposed project location is known as a transit town with a high prevalence of HIV, gender-based violence, and harmful traditional practices such as early marriage. ECYDO aims at raising awareness around violence against girls and democracy to eliminate harmful phenomena. The project empowers girls and promotes girls’ participation and enhance understanding of democratic processes. The goal of the project is to enhance knowledge and awareness on governance, democracy, the rule of law, gender equality, to increase the confidence of girls among targeted in-school adolescent boys and girls; to be active citizens within their community.

Funding Agency: The Embassy of Canada to Ethiopia, Canada Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI)

Implementation period: September 2019- March 2021

Implementation area: Oromia Region, Arsi Zone, Asella city Administration (in five primary schools)

The project is designed to empower the community in the target area to participate actively in the development and democratization process, peace-building, and solutions of socio-economic issues causing frustration and representation often a root cause for conflicts.

The project objectives are designed based on the cause and effect analysis of the problem. Based on the problem analysis, this Action builds on five pillars corresponding to the underlying causes of conflict mentioned above. It will Strengthen and provide platforms for dialogue between conflicting parties, between generations and genders to emphasize shared values, promote respect to each other, coexistence, trust-building, and appreciation of diversity; Build capacity of youth and indigenous social groups in understanding their identity other than their ethnicity, think about and stress out their role in the society and in conflict resolution for greater social cohesion; Encourage community members to take active part in peacebuilding and in finding solutions to local issues, increase participation, awareness, and influence of youth and women in peacebuilding and in issues impacting the country’s reform agenda; Provide communities with a better understanding of democracy, rule of law, respect to law and promote active citizenship and Encourage the communities to enhance the accountability of local authorities by active engagement of community members.

The General objective of the project is to contribute towards the national effort in enhancing citizens’ engagement in peacebuilding and improving attitudes, perceptions, and skills in regard to coexistence, trust-building, and an appreciation of diversity. While the specific objectives of the project are 1) Increased participation, awareness, and influence of the community particularly the youth in the promotion of culture, intercultural dialogue, trust-building, and the appreciation of diversity to advance peace-building goals in the country 2) Enhanced capacity of the community, the youth, women, and elders, to be active players in peace-building 3) Increased inter-generational and inter-cultural dialogue among communities, the youth, women, and elders, in peace-building and democratization processes

Funding Agency: European Commission Civil Society Fund III

Implementation period: February 2020 January 2023

Implementation area: Oromia Region, Arsi Zone, Asella City Administration

Youth Leadership and Engagement Access for Development (Youth- LEAD) project is a civil society support program two (CSSP II) funded project and implemented by Eshet Children and Youth Development Organization (ECYDO) in partnership with Redeem the Generation (RTG). The aim of this project is enabling young people to constructively engage them in the ongoing democratization process; contribute to conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and address some of the major economic and social challenges facing young people in the country. The project has two specific objectives: Advocacy for the adverse effects of substance abuse (khat) and service improvement for survivors and vulnerable groups and promotion of youth voice through awareness creation and dialogue among different community groups including the youth groups, community members and key government stakeholders.

Funding Agency: Civil Society Support Program II (CSSP II)

Implementation period: November 2019- April 2021

Implementation area: Addis Ababa, Yeka sub-city woreda 9,10,11 and 12 and Bole Sub-city woreda 3 (Ethiopian Youth Sport Academy)