AEPA CSSP final Project Proposa

Page | 1D. Full Proposal form for Innovation Grants



Focus area

Only White boxes to be completed by applicant




Name of Organisation:

Assosa Environmental Protection Association





Concept Note reference number: CNI142




Abbreviations used in this application form




Project title

Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Project in Menge Woreda in Kudiyu and Belmguha Kebele Communities  




Please explain any abbreviation or acronym which you use in this application






Assosa Environmental Protection Association




Appreciative Inquiry




Benishangul Gumuz Regional State





Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development





Bureau of Environmental Protection Land Administration and Use





 Bureau of Finance and Economic Development





Civil Society Support Program




Civil Society Organizations





Development Agent




Ethiopian Civil Society Network on Climate Change




Forum for Environment




Kebele Youth Environmental Club




Indigenous Knowledge




Millennium Development Goal



M & E

Monitoring and Evaluation 




Non-Governmental Organization




Sustainable Land Use Forum




Youth Environmental Club
















Documentary evidence of organisational status




You are expected to provide relevant documentary evidence in support of your application (see list on the right side)

1. Organisational Legal Registration

2. Organisational Governance Document (Constitution or Article of Association or By-Laws)

3. Financial Statement for the last 3 years

4. Audit Reports and related management letters (desirable)

5. Memorandum of Understanding or Partnership Agreement, if applicable

6. Copies of any (external) evaluations carried out on the organisation within the last 3 years

7. Other documents you deem relevant





Your understanding of the context for your proposal



5.1 Please briefly describe the target area (region/zone/woreda) and groups of people/organisations targeted by the proposed intervention. Please make explicit the extent of your relationships with and understanding of the target group. (maximum 1 page)




The project area is in Benishangul Gumuz Regional State, Assosa Zone, Menge Woreda, Kudiyu and BelmguhaKebeles. The area is about 55 km from Assosa and 25km from the asphalt road to Shirkole. KediyuKebele is 11°45’ latitude North and 36° 83’ longitude East, BelmguhaKebele is 11°51’ latitude North and 38° 06’ longitude East. The altitudes of both Kebele are approx. 990m.a.s.l. and about 25°C is the annual mean temperature. It has an annual rainfall of about 995mm, the highest concentration occurs in June to September.* The area is populated mainly by Berta People, as well as a few workers from other tribes.

The project is appropriate to the target Woreda and will benefit poor children, youth, females, and elders living in Kudiyu and BelmguhaKebeles two schools. The total direct and indirect target population of the project are 3700. The two schools namely Menge Secondary School and Menge Primary Schoolhave environmental club members who are a direct target group and the school communities are indirect target groups of the project. In Kudiyu Kebele there are 903 females and 864 males (1,767 total), in BelmguhaKebelethere are 801 males and 802 females (1,601 total) who are the total population of the target peoples.*

In Menge Secondary School there are 275 males and 55 females (total 330), 42.2% are under the age of 18. In Menge Elementary School there are 725 males and 504 femalesattending school (1,229 totals), of which more than 95 % of them are under eighteen. The school environmental clubs have 13 members in Menge Secondary School and 14 members in Menge Elementary School.

Children from the two Kebeles, Kudiyu and Belmguha, are learnedin these two schools. The project would be able to target as well other students, those who are not directly included in the project.

AEPA has five years of experience in BGRS. It collected background information about the project area, including from volunteer representatives from this Woreda. The Menge Woreda Agricultural Development Office, Natural Resource main Process Owner and Menge Woreda Education and Capacity Building Office are supporting the project. The Woreda Administrative Office and Environmental Protection Land Administration &Use Office have been consulted during the project development. The Woreda Administrative Office, two Kebeles, and Schools Administration will support and facilitate the project. They are directly involved in the implementation of the project which insures the sustainability of the project.

The people of the target communities, two Kebele YEC members and two schools environmental club members will directly participate to cover the labour of the land preparation and Vetiver Grass planting activities. In addition, the communities will participate in the activities of using springs to enable the communities to access water. The 20 selected model farmers from each Kebele are planting Moringaand Cassava and producing Mushrooms in their respective locality to create one of the project’s learning & business areas.



5.2 What are the specific opportunities or problems to be addressed through the proposed intervention (maximum half a page)




In BGRSin 1999/2000 the level of poverty increasedfrom a level of 47% to 54%. (Regional Strategic planning, 1998-2002).Rural poverty in the Region has been increasing overtime despite an overall downturn at the National Rural Poverty Level in the last decade (BGRS SPM 2005/6 – 2009/10). Menge is one of the Woredaswhich was extremely affected by food insecurity and it is supported by an emergency food programme. According to the Regional Food Security Office, in 2009 Menge Woreda was supported seven times and it received the highest amount of supported foodin the Region. The target areas’ communities are affected by poor productivity due to continuous wild fire and deforestation that results in raising temperatures and erratic rainfall. It results in crop loss, poor agriculturalproductivity and malnutrition of the inhabitants. The target communities have almost no regular income. Lack of awareness is one of the root causes of target community.

Initiatives, such as supporting farmers by food aid and soil conservation with a terracing system, have been introduced by the Woreda Agriculture Office.This office has promoted these initiatives as well planting Cassava and Moringa. Until recently both crops have been sources of food buttheir benefits are only recently becoming known. The communities are integrating seasonal wild mushroom in their diet. The location of the target people is suitable forproducingmushrooms with the availability of the required raw materials like grass and water.

These farmers will develop nursery sites and will provide the Kebele communities with Moringa seedlings, Vetiver Grass & Cassava cuttings. The two school environmental clubs will produce and plant different seedlings in their compounds. An income generating scheme for these two clubs is one of the activities incorporated in the project in order to run a tea room in the school which will be owned by these clubs. The target communities have specific problems such as lack of awareness, erratic rainfall, less adaptive capacity to climate change impact, becoming steppingstone for less productivity then poverty. 






Background & Rationale


Since 2007 UNICEF has been a global leader in leveraging technology to advance development goals. Innovation work at UNICEF currently exists as a highly distributed network of labs, designers, developers, program managers, academics and private-sector partners, at headquarters, regional and country office level. The team focuses on:

Identifying program needs and linking them to innovative technologies and methodologies;

Building the capacity of colleagues at the country, regional and global levels, enabling them to identify and assess opportunities for the use of innovations;

Advising government counterparts;

Creating and strengthening partnerships, and supporting capacity building with local and regional stakeholders;

Managing the design and development of software and hardware products;

Supporting the roll-out of innovative programs and initiatives.



Purpose Of Assignment


Partnerships with the private sector are critical to our work – in one principal partnership UNICEF launched and orchestrated a successful global challenge around the topic of “Wearables for Good”. Participants of this challenge were solicited through a strategic communications plan and wearables community outreach and directed to a WordPress platform at, where they could submit their application to the competition. The backend of the platform was accessible by UNICEF staff, and contributors via password protected mechanism.

The frontend was geared towards general public and broader wearables community to share criteria of the challenge, application form, blog posts, and ultimately highlighted the top 10 applications and the final 2 winning applications. As part of the prize package, the 2 winning teams received mentorship in the form of a 4 month virtual business incubation programme (co-led by the partnership of UNICEF and other key experts) to help build a foundation for business growth for the winning submissions. This incubation program ends in May 2016, which will be followed by an extensive PR and communications plan as the teams take their ideas to market.

Who we are

Assosa Environmental Protection Association (AEPA) is a non‐governmental and not-for-profit organisation established and registered in 2005 with registration number 08/መ-1/97 and re-registered in 2010 as Ethiopian Resident Charity with registration number 1653 as per the new Charities and Societies Proclamation of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The aim of AEPA is to promote and implement sustainable development practices, policies and strategies in Benishangul Gumuz Region and beyond.
The establishment of AEPA is inspired by understanding of the local and global context, particularly, the increasing burden of climate change on ecosystems and indegenous livelihoods in the Region.
AEPA is recognized by the region as effective champion for climate change and environmental protection. It is an amplifier of local voice for environment and climate change impacts which otherwise remain unheard in national and international fora. AEPA recognises that sustainable development, which balances economic development, social cohesion and environment protection, is fundamental to the objective of lasting poverty reduction. AEPA is dedicated to reversing trends in degradation and restoring the earth’s ecological balance for the benefit of humans and nature. AEPA works with an active local and national networks on environment that can help raise environmental awareness, conduct environmental education, engage in environmental advocacy and serve as a local environmental watchdog. AEPA has hands-on experiences in piloting/implementing community-based actions that link conservation of natural resources with livelihoods improvement−building replicable models. Since its establishment, AEPA able to benefit more than one million people in five districts in which it operates throgh capacity building, implementation of community-based projects and supporting local people such as environmental champions to represent themselves in national and international forums on environments.

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Our Vision

AEPA envisions the future where societies and their ecosystems are healthy and resilient to climate change

Mission Statement

AEPA's mission is promoting sustainable development, mitigating and adapting to climate change, enhancing ecosystem services, fostering sustainable socioeconomic development, and improving human health and well-being. To realize its mission, AEPA invests in:
• Capacity Building: undertake holistic capacity building activities with a view to:
(1) create environmentally-conscious community and inspire environmental stewardship (awareness),
(2) enhance uptake of conservation innovations and skills to implement them (know-how); and
(3) enhance collective voice for environment.
• Field Implementation: community-based actions that support conservation and enhancement of environmental services while improving livelihoods.
• Networking and Partnerships: fostering collaborative engagement and partnerships.
• Knowledge Management and Advocacy: Building models for scale and influence policy and practice.

Core Values

-> Believe in sustainable development: "meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs."
-> Being open to learn and share: we are committed to continuous learning and development, and the promotion of excellence in all that we do.
-> Partnership: we work with others to build effective networks and partnerships to support our mission.
-> Respect: we treat people with respect, courtesy and dignity
-> People's action: we believe in the power of people to change its world, in whatever we do we put people at the center, and we ensure people should benefit from its investment.
-> Equity and Inclusiveness: a sound environmental management embraces the interrelationships between nature and culture, engages all sectors of society, and enables full and effective participation different social groups especially women, indigenous communities and other disadvantaged groups.
-> Innovativeness: we foster and support innovation and creativity for a breakthrough change towards equitable development

Strategic Objectives

Reflecting on an in‐depth understanding of the causes for the birth AEPA and its vision, our work is reviewed against its contribution towards the following strategic objectives:
1) To create environmentally─ conscious community and inspire environmental stewardship among communities, the public and the private sector and build the knowledge base about environment and sustainable development issues;
2) To promote human coexistence with nature with a long-term perspective so that the provisioning, regulating, cultural and supporting services of ecosystems are ensured;
3) To promote sustainable development in the region and beyond for the benefit of the public by preserving, conserving and protecting the environment, including the prudent use of natural resources;
4) To improve the living conditions of socially and economically disadvantaged communities trapped in the vicious cycle poverty and environmental degradation by enhancing sustainable development and use of natural resources in a participatory, rational, equitable and ethical way for the benefit of local communities.
5) To build models and evidences on sustainable use of natural resources for scaling and influencing policy and practice.

Strategic Actions

The following are the strategic actions identified in view of meeting our strategic objectives:
• Developing and supporting projects that alleviate poverty in rural communities by improving the sustainable management of natural resources, increase rural production and productivity and strengthen community organizations to help design their own long term initiatives and strategies.
• Supporting the development of capacity in the region to respond to environmental issues through environmental education and training activities.
• Strengthening local environmental activists and associations to become more organised and active in addressing sustainable development issues by facilitating and encouraging collective voice and action, networking, information exchange, research and development initiatives;
• Building the capacity of local development actors including the public sector in the region to manage and protect the environment in a manner that ensures both local and global benefits;
• Promoting community action in the field of sustainable development and environmental conservation by supporting small and medium scale projects which empower local communities to develop their own solutions to their environmental and development challenges;
• Designing and implementing climate-smart projects (climate change adaptation and mitigation projects) that enhance ecosystem services, household food security and levels of income and health conditions of the local communities resilient to climate change.
• Resources mobilization for support of projects that alleviate poverty in rural communities by improving the sustainable management of natural resources, increasing rural production and productivity and strengthening community organizations to help design their own long term initiatives and strategies.

Approaches and Strategies for Change

1.Putting people at the center of our change process: People, are the key to Conservation – we are all integral to the environment in which we live. The only way to effectively restore, protect, conserve and manage the environment is by working with people, building partnerships and mobilizing action. Ethical values and a sense of spirit are essential for sustainability.
2.Holistic Approach – The environment is shaped by a number of factors including geography and biophysical factors, the social, economic and by political actions and policies. AEPA takes a holistic approach to environmental management and recognizes that actions must address all these factors. We engage in cross cutting issues such as poverty alleviation, gender equality, youth, social justice and HIV/AIDS.
3.Adopt Integrated Watershed Approach: AEPA takes watershed as an ideal unit for a realistic change as Integrated Watershed Management (IWM) is an approach that recognizes and operates based on the interconnectedness of ecology, economy and society.
4.Promoting Change through Model and Evidence: AEPA's primary concern is not widening its reach, but building replicable models of true change that are equitable, sustainable and replicable. It engages change agents and facilitates a breakthrough change in policy and practice through demonstrating models and evidences of change from its efforts. So, building concrete environmental sustainability solutions through a combination of field-based projects, advocacy, action research, information and knowledge dissemination, education and awareness work is a key approach to change.
5.Coaching and Incubation of Change: Change is like a baby. It needs incubation and coaching to grow fully as desired. DfA adopts "Coaching for Community Change" approach to create, drive and sustain the change process. 'Community coaching is an adaptive process tailored to unique community contexts to guide systemic change via participant empowerment. Coaching supports and builds on the best in the community and often leads to catalytic change.' Mounting evidences demonstrated that coaching is an extremely effective tool for helping groups reframe their operating systems, challenge assumptions, unleash new ideas, transition to new leadership and negotiate partnerships—critical competencies for successful community building.'
6.Local Capacity Building and Participation: AEPA works in a decentralize context, i.e., in villages and watersheds, progressive empowerment and development of local capacity is critical for communities to successfully lead their own development and ensure sustainability. In the context of AEPA, community empowerment is to mean the expansion of assets and capabilities of poor people to participate in, negotiate with, and hold accountable institutions that affect their lives. Thus, local capacity building is a key to the success of AEPA's decentralized development initiative that entails devolution of resources, responsibilities and accountability. Hands-on trainings, knowledge exchanges, devolving resources and strengthening and creating local level institutions are some of the key capacity building actions that AEPA will undertake in its efforts of building local capacity.
7.Participation/Empowerment: Involving local communities, civil society organisations and indigenous peoples in the planning and execution of field programmes taking into account their knowledge, skills as well as cultural and socio‐economic needs. Organizing “people-focused” activities that protect and enhance their local environment, ecosystems and productivity based on natural resources. Empowering people to protect their environment by supporting them to take action and control over access to natural resources through sound long‐term resource management
8.Linking conservation with livelihoods Improvement: AEPA links conservation with livelihoods development with the recognizing that conserving and managing natural resources is essential in the fight against poverty and that the poor are heavily dependent on natural resources and particularly vulnerable to environmental change. Linking conservation with livelihoods is a key to sustainability and adoption of conservation innovation.
9.Partnership: AEPA strives to build partnerships with other organisations, governments, business and local communities to enhance impact and effectiveness in its interventions.
10.Gender Sensitivity: AEPA will support the critical role played by women in the conservation and management of natural resources as well as initiate and strengthening policies and interventions that minimize gender inequalities. It will strengthen the role of women in natural resource management and support women to gain access to ecosystems services and livelihoods