2018 Annual Report
Message from the Executive Director  

Over the past three decades, I have witnessed that JeCCDO had been achieving tremendous and tangible results that benefi ted children, women, youth and vulnerable community members. Through our program implementation, I have observed that grassroots organizations are the main driving forces to implement development projects that address the felt needs of vulnerable communities. Our real Community Participatory Development Approach had enabled hundreds of community based organizations to work in partnership with our organization and address the needs of vulnerable children, women and youth.
All of JeCCDO’s interventions could not be thought without active participation of communities. They had been involved in need identifi cation, priority setting, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation stages. Besides, communities had been involved in selection of targeted benefi ciaries and provision of mentoring services to different benefi ciary groups.
In the workshop, participants extended their warmest gratitude to JeCCDO for its integrated community development approach and effort to- Linkage-Knowledge Transfer–Partnership- to Academia and Community Development, which is the 1st
A very good example from JeCCDO’s experience can be the involvement of community and stakeholders in implementing a wide range of community driven development projects executed in different geographic areas of the program interventions. All of JeCDDO’s projects are purely community based in their nature in which the participation and ownership of stakeholders and fi nal benefi ciaries are crucial at all stages. We believe that any solution for any community challenges comes from the community itself, which ranges from decision making to designing community strategies. The other focus areas of JeCCDO in community development interventions is empowering communities’ mind set to demand government services and ensure sustainability of the program. The establishment of the social Accountability Committee is an example of such work. Accordingly, JeCCDO initiated this committee and it has been playing predominant role in demanding delivery of quality government social services.
The Self Help Groups (SHGs) and its Cluster Level Association (CLA) is another example which plays key role in protecting child rights and promoting local development. The organizational support enabled targets to uphold the culture of saving and engage in different business activities. The SHGs and saving and credit groups have been providing loan services to their members which have had signifi cant contributions to the local economy. The locally generated resources were utilized locally and have been addressing the needs of different vulnerable groups within local communities, and they contribute in ensuring sustainability of income for targeted benefi ciaries.
To ensure economic and institutional sustainability, JeCCDO has initiated the social enterprise model since 2014. It has included this model into its organizational strategies by establishing JeCCDO Opportunity for Change Training Center (JOCTC) in Bishoftu Town. The core-purpose of JOCTC is to provide market based training for CBOs and facility rental services. JOCTC practiced social enterprise in two ways; by strengthening economic capacity within CBO, and by generating revenue. These are carried out to enhance and expand the implementation of JeCCDO’s mission through support of community development activities.
Accordingly, in year 2018, the income generated from the JOCTC was partially allocated for internally displaced people settled around Bishoftu City Administration. Consequently, shelters have been constructed for 120 households. Besides, basic household utilities, psycho-social and educational support for children and fi nancial subsidies were also provided for the displaced families.
Finally, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for the commitment of CBOs and their leaders, government stakeholders at different levels, donors’ partners, our organizational staff members, and the board of directors for the valuable contribution you have made during the fi scal year. It would not be possible to achieve the planned activities of the fi scal period without your active engagements and genuine support. I hope and trust that you will keep it up in the next fi scal year