ICNL’s resources and information on Ethiopia.


ICNL collaborates with several civil society partners, including the Addis Ababa University School of Law, the African Civil Leadership Program and the Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organizations to strengthen the legal enabling environment for civil society and continue to advocate for improvements in civic space protections. ICNL supports civil society efforts to raise awareness on the new CSO Proclamation and to strengthen mechanisms for self-regulation. ICNL provided technical assistance in reviewing the Civil Societies Organizations (CSO) Proclamation, which was enacted in early 2019 to replace the highly restrictive 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation.

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Civic Freedom Monitor


Last updated: 14 January 2022

The Council of Ministers is currently considering a draft CSO Regulation to give effect to the new CSO Proclamation and is ex [...]

Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index

The index, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development for twenty years, documents the development of civil society in seventy-one countries around the world, including Ethiopia. ICNL and FHI 360 work with local partners to produce the index annually.

Philanthropy Law Report

The earliest forms of civil society in Ethiopia were traditional community-based organizations and informal self-help organizations. Philanthropy grew during the Ethiopian famines in 1973-74 and 1984-85, both of which caused mass migration and loss of lives and property. This report explores the current state of laws and regulations affecting philanthropy, unpacking the history, and the present-day legal environment.


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