Social Accountability Day Colourfully Celebrated in Dire Dawa City

The annual Social Accountability Day was colourfully celebrated on August 06/2015 in Dire Dawa City with a motto: “Sustaining our Successes through Collaboration and Partnership”. The celebration was organized by Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO) in partnership with Management Agency (MA), Center for Development Initiatives (CDI), and Dire Dawa Community Action (DDCA).

The day was marked by exhibition, panel discussion and award ceremony. In the exhibition, the 5 Social Accountability Councils (SACs) of Bahir Dar, Shashemene, Aje, Bishoftu and Dire Dawa Towns have displayed their successes through the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program (ESAP) II. The Finance and Economic Development Bureau of Dire Dawa City Administration has also presented its practice on Financial Transparency and Accountability. The exhibition was visited and applauded by more than 100 participants.
Aside from the exhibition, a panel discussion on the same theme was held. In the discussion, had participated representatives of government; local CSOs working on Social Accountability, SACs and partner CBOs. The successes and challenges of the Social Accountability Program were discussed and finally ways forward were agreed up on by participants. At the end of the discussion, SACs and SAIPs were presented with awards in recognition to their outstanding achievement under ESAP II.

In his closing remark, Ato Mulugeta Gebru, Executive Director of JeCCDO hailed the Ethiopian government for allowing JeCCDO to implement the Social Accountability Program. He also thanked all parties who have contributed to make the event a huge success. Finally, he urged SACs and SAIPs to further replicate and sustain their successes on social accountability program.

Ethiopian Social Accountability Program (ESAP) is a specially arranged program by World Bank and the Ethiopian Government that has been implemented in Ethiopia as of 2008. JeCCDO is one of the 49 CSOs facilitating the implementation of the program in the Country.