NGO leaders in Ethiopia are remarkable in terms of what they achieved to-date. Their challenge now is to step forward with even greater confidence to embrace the opportunities that are becoming evident in Ethiopia at this time.
EthicalCoach is committed to supporting these leaders renew and refresh their commitment and mindset for the work ahead, strengthening their capability, networks, capacity and courage. This work begins with the Summit and continues through 12 months of individual and team coaching delivered by international and local coaches.
To build ongoing sustainability, EthicalCoach is supporting the development of local coaching capacity, fostering local understanding of the value of coaching and, in addition, making a wide range of resources available to support the ongoing growth both of leaders as well as coaches.
Thirty enthusiastic volunteers signed up for an intensive eight module blended (individual and team) coach training series delivered by Professor David Clutterbuck, our featured keynote speaker at the Ethiopian NGO Leadership Coaching Summit, supported by a team of local and international volunteers.
The training consisted of eight 90-minute virtual training sessions, combined with 90 minute in-person application opportunities comprising a combination of coaching skill drill practice and reflection with peers. Additional learning support has been provided by a team of ten members of the Global Supervisors’ Network (GSN), led by Eve Turner.
Profesor David Clutterbuck
In addition, Marita Fridjhon, founder of CRR Global, will deliver a two-day intensive systems coach training on September 30 and October 1, 2018. This training will begin with a 2-hour virtual orientation session, followed by two virtual integration sessions in November and December.
Accreditation opportunities for these local coaches have been arranged through the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).
Ten coaches will be selected to co-coach NGO leadership teams alongsideour internationally coaches following the NGO Leadership Coaching Summit. As part of the EthicalCoach coaching team, they will continue to receive coach supervision support throughout the 12 month coaching program.
The aspirant coaches, hailing from a wonderfully diverse range of backgrounds, are:
Ahadu Gebreamlak, Aklilu Abate, Amakelech Lulu, Annelien Meerts, Aynialem Tilahun, Bekri Ahmedin, Deborah Lundstrom, Ebba Tesfaye, Eskender Kassa, Fouzia Muhsin, Gifti Nadi, Haregewoin Semachew, Kalkidan Abera, Karin Wilms, Lamrot Fikre, Leah Dejenu, Matthew Broderick, Pretty Mehta, Rahel Asefa, Rakeb Wandimagagnehu, Sara Groenendijk, Saskia Kloezeman, Solomon Sisay, Tenadam Kaleab, Tsedale Adamu, Wubet Girma, Yared Shiferaw, Yewbdar Tasew, Yohanes Neda, Yonas Tegene.
For coaching to become an integral part of leadership development in Ethiopia, its value needs to be proven and funding needs to be made available. Our rigorous impact evaluation process, combined with the systematic development of case studies during the year long coaching program, will together with developing case studies over the year-long coaching period, will help demonstrate the effectiveness of coaching in delivering results. The support and endorsement of larger international NGOs and other funders will help create a deep-rooted rooted and sustained demand for coaching services. Understanding the value of coaching is a crucial step toward getting coaching funded on an ongoing basis.
Building this network of relationships is securing ongoing funding for coaching. Initial MOUs were signed with the Ethiopian Charities and Societies Forum (ECSF) - an organization created five years ago to represent the NGO sector to the government and the Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA), the largest of the Ethiopian NGO consortia or consolidators.
We have also formed strong relationships with many other significant players such as the Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL), World Vision, Save the Children (STC), the Centre for African Leadership Development (CALD), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the R&D Group - the venue for the local coach training.
We would also like to thank all the staff at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) for their helpfulness; and the staff at our host hotel, the Hilton, for their hospitality.
And to all the very many volunteers involved with the project: you know who you are. It is through your individual efforts that this project is coming to life. Our thanks to each and every one of you.
Access to information provides access to possibility and a greater potential. Before and after the Summit, specially curated resources (such as articles, videos, webinars and workbooks) will be available to NGO leaders to support their learning journey. These resources will be complemented by opportunities to participate in irregular updates and coaching support sessions.