Leaders of Various CSO Networks and CSA Visit the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
Leaders of NGO networks and CSA visiting the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
Heads and representatives of various CSO/NGO networks and key staff members of Charities and Societies Agency (CSA) visited the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on November 23, 2014.
The participants of the visit visited the different parts of the project which will generate 6000 Mega Watt upon its completion. During a meeting they held after their visit, the heads and representatives of the NGO networks said that they could see how big the project is and how much money is needed to complete constructing it. And they agreed to mobilize their member organizations so that they could contribute more money as their short term contribution for the project. It was disclosed on the occasion that so far CSOs have contributed over 37 million birr for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. As a long term commitment, the NGO network leaders further agreed to work together and strengthen their partnership with the government to develop Blue Nile catchment areas by constructing various soil conservation structures and planting trees to ensure the sustainability of the dam by decreasing sedimentation and floods.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under construction
The visit, which was also aimed at strengthening GO-NGO relations, created an opportunity for leaders CSO/NGO networks and heads of the different sections and directorates of CSA to get to know each other and discuss their common issues of concern. The visiting program also it created a venue for the group to meet with NGO leaders in Benishangul Gumuz Regional State.