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CCF-E is a resident Civil Society Organization that works to tackle the climate change challenge. It strives to relief people from climate-induced challenges and help move forward the nation’s socio-economic development.

The CCF-E story begun in 2007 when an inquisitive man, Dr Abera Tola who was a CEO of Oxfam America’s Eastern Africa regional office, had an inception of starting a dialogue on climate change. The party grew to a group of five enthusiasts taking in Dr Girma Balch, Dr Abera Deressa, Dr Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher and Ato Kidane Assefa. The five approached Prime Minister Melese Zenawi and elucidated their thought.  The raison d'être for the lobbying was entrenched in the belief that the lashes of climate change are let go on unnoticed.

At a global level, there has been a concerted effort to raise the issue of climate change up the political agenda. In Ethiopia, the effort was budding within several institutions whose responsibilities are related to climate change. However, the hard work being done by these organizations had suffered from poor coordination, documentation and articulation.  Overlapping responsibilities and inefficient duplication of effort was another stumbling bloc.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi gave a pat to the forum initiators and he cut the ribbon at the first national climate change campaign that was organized by the interest group.

Since all the founders were volunteer activists, they meet on convenience and used an office room in Oxfam’s building as a secretariat. The year 2007 through 2008 was time the Forum’s foundation was laid. The Forum moved to its office in Kazanchis area in May 2010.

Today, the forum works to become a catalyst organization that specializes in identifying and steer research efforts, nurture and collate knowledge and institutional learning, and to communicate and coordinate on policy development, capacity building, planning, funding and action.


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