Organizational Resume

Consortium of Self Help Group Approach Promoters (CoSAP) /Since 2010 to-date/

 Thematic Responsibilities:

  • Coordination: as a consortium of organizations, CoSAP is responsible for coordinating their efforts of empowering poor women.
  • Research: identifying livelihood challenges related to Ethiopian women and how they become best appropriated is also among the core themes of CoSAP.
  • Networking: CoSAP always strives to network with likeminded organizations and working in the area of Women Empowerment programs.
  • Capacity Building: CoSAP is also engaged in building the capacity of grassroots women’s institutions and member organizations through formal trainings, experience sharing and monitoring visits as well as  on-spot feedback sessions
  • Resource Mobilization: to effectively coordinate and implement its activities through the member organizations, CoSAP mobilizes resources from different sources



  • Although CoSAP supports any women empowerment programs, it is directly responsible for and certified mainly in the SHG approach.
  • CoSAP is the only consortium representing 28 member organizations promoting the SHG approach under varied agro-ecological and cultural modalities in Ethiopia.
  • It has qualified staffs, all experienced in women empowerment sector.


Past Experiences

  • Realized the establishment of an independent legally certified consortium of likeminded organizations implementing women-SHG related projects.
  • Successfully coordinated 28 member organizations towards their common cause.
  • Built the capacity of member organizations and grassroots women’s institutions.
  • Conducted regular monitoring/project site visits to provide on-spot capacity building, document best practices and encourage co-learning.
  • Through its members, organized 11,195 SHGs (groups embracing 206,697 women), 663 Cluster Level Associations, and 23 Federations of women’s institutions. This helped the poor women in their social, economic and political transformation.
  • Through its economic empowerment wing, these women currently saved ETB 60,885,417 and overall total capital of ETB 75,468,167.
  • Conducted continuous discussions and negotiations with Ethiopian government to ensure legitimacy of women’s institutions (policy framework of the SHG approach) and promote its engagement in the process.
  • Made strategic alignments with all stakeholders working in line with the social, economic and political betterment of destitute women.
  • Successfully defended the key roles played by poor women in the country’s sustainable development and poverty reduction programs.
  • Capacitated organizations working in women empowerment programs and created conducive working environment for them.
  • Created forums where different Gender-sensitive organizations could cooperate and share experiences among themselves.
  • Familiarized the concepts, benefits, structure and functions of Women Self Help Group Approach to different stakeholders.
  • Successfully integrated and harmonized the SHG approach/ women empowerment processes with different development initiatives of member organizations.
  • Conducted various studies pertaining to existing women’s social, economic and political statuses; documented valid recommendations, including studies on the Contributions of SHGs for Livelihood Improvement of Women Living Under Extreme Poverty conducted in collaboration with the Ethiopian Economics Association in March 2016.
  • Displayed the best practices of women by organizing Annual National SHGs Day.
  • Produced and distributed different women-related publications for wider awareness creation and learning.
  • Became a center of learning for empowering women through the SHG approach.
  • Participated in international experience sharing forums of women empowerment themes (India, Uganda, Somaliland, Kenya, Malawi).
  • Managed grand grants from international organizations, like European Union /EU, Kindernothilfe/ KNH, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development/BMZ.