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Foreign charities and NGOs wishing to operate in Ethiopia are required to fulfill the registration requirements detailed under Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s House of Peoples’ Representatives Proclamation No. 1113/2019, otherwise known as the Organisations of Civil Societies Proclamation.
1. Required Documents
a. Legalised Certificate of Registration from the Charity Commission
b. Legalised Articles of Association or Constituting Document of the Organisation wishing to register
c. Legalised Resolution or Decision from Organisation’s Board or Competent Organ to operate in Ethiopia
d. Legalised Power of Attorney for the Organisation’s Country Representative in Ethiopia from Organisation’s Board or Competent Organ
e. Organisation’s Action Plan covering a minimum period of two years. The Action Plan shall include: objectives; beneficiary selection; implementation strategy; expected impacts and results; staffing; sustainability provisions; budget allocation stipulating the breakdown of its administrative and programming budget; and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.Details of the legalisation services provided by the Embassy can be found here. Please also ensure that you retain all original documentation as they will be required for processing in Ethiopia.
2. Submission and Processing
We recommend that you submit your application to the Embassy only once all of the required documentation is complete.
Please submit scanned copies of the required documentation together with a signed covering letter requesting the Embassy’s recommendation for the Organisation to register as a foreign civil society organisation in Ethiopia by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your documentation will be reviewed, and if, at this stage, additional supporting documentation is required, you will be notified.
If the Embassy confirms that your application fulfils these requirements, you will be invited for a face-to-face interview to discuss the application in further detail.
3. Issuance of a Letter of Recommendation
Following the face-to-face interview your application will be reviewed by our team for up to 21 days.
Once the review is complete, subject to approval, a letter of recommendation will be transmitted directly to the Agency for Civil Societies Organisations in Ethiopia.
The Organisation’s Legal Representative in Ethiopia can then follow-up directly with the Agency in order to finalise registration.Please note that all original documentation will be required to complete the registration process in Ethiopia.
What are the required documents for a visa and permit application?
Please review the Journalist Visas page for information on the requirements to apply for a visa and permit.
I have urgent travel, can I get a journalist visa on the same day?
No. As applications are approved in Ethiopia, please allow at least 21 working days to process your application.
When should I apply for a visa?
To allow us to process your application to completion, please submit your application to the Press Office at least 21 working days prior to your trip. Please review the Journalist Visas page for further information.
How do I contact the Press Office?
Journalists and other media professionals should contact the Public Diplomacy Department for media enquiries and interview requests.
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