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Center of Concern has been working on Education for years with remarkable success.

Working on Girls

Supporting Girls Education and Helping them Shine

For Better Future

Providing Opportunities for Generation Sharing Burden of Single Mothers

Urban Destitute Support

Reaching Unreached in Community

Who We Are ?

Our organization formerly called as Forum for Human Rights and Development abbreviated as FHRD has got its current name Center of Concern which is abbreviated as CoC in 2013. As the name of the organization imply, we believe that we are a center of excellence and institution where a collection of people who have in depth concern on any developmental issues, equitable welfare distribution and humanity.

COC was established in 2005 at regional (SNNPRS) level as forum for human rights and development and recently registered as Ethiopian Residents Charity Organization at Federal level, bearing a license number of 3160 for the purpose to contribute to the achievements of citizen driven socio economic development and more effective protection of vulnerable population in Ethiopia. 

Program Intervention Areas

Our Selected Program Intervention Areas are :

Women & Girls Empowerment

Empowerment of Women is high on the agenda in development plans and policies due to its significant impact to...

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CoC believes quality basic education is something which every child should get regardless of their family background and community to which they belong.

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Child Care and Support

Early Childhood Intervention is services for young children with developmental delays, disabilities, atypical behaviors, social and emotional difficulties...

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Natural Resource Management and Climate Change

It is believed that civil society organizations (CSO s) play many critical roles in promoting sustainable development. The different roles of CSO s..

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Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance

Development encompasses various issues that need to be addressed in holistic ways. One commonly overlooked aspect is democracy and good ...

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Peace Building and Conflict Management

Being geographically located in the Horn of Africa with numerous conflict history and preceding impacts, Ethiopia has been suffering from conflict and related ..

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Emergency Response

In countries like Ethiopia, Civil society organizations (CSOs) have always and continue to play an important role in the field of disaster management especially in disaster response...

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CoC Activities and Gallery

At Center of Concern Ethiopia, there are various activities made with remarkable results and impacting the lives of those seeking interventions as of ours.

Women & Girls Empowerment

Empowerment of Women is high on the agenda in development plans and policies due to its significant impact to...

Women & Girls Empowerment

Civic and Voters Education

Civic and Voters Education

OSIEA| Peace , Tolerance..

Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa is our partner of the project “building local capacities for peace, tolerance and coexistence”

OSIEA| Peace , Tolerance..

Poverty and Urban Governance:

Ethiopia is urbanizing rapidly and is facing enormous urban challenges, such as the growth of slums and

Poverty and Urban Governance:

Women's Voices and Leadership-COVID Response

Women's Voices and Leadership-COVID Response

Key Staff Members Partially

Assefa Getaneh

Executive Director


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Abebaw Deribew

Program Manager


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Tikikil Beyene

Finance Manager


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Meskerem Walelign

Logistics and Operation Manager


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Daniel Gizachew

Project Coordinator


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Abraham Nega

Project Coordinator


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Asmamaw Asres

Project Manager


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Wagaye Mengistu

M & E Head


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Hewan Gebreananya

Project Coordinator


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Our Partners Say

We are delighted to work with local and international partners on projects that touched lives of thousands.

Cheshire Ethiopia

Serving People with Disabilities

We appreciate your contribution and unreserved assistance to Cheshire Services Ethiopia

SNNPRS Labor and Social Affairs Bureau

Social Responsibility

We kindly appreciate your support in providing educational materials and uniforms for venerable students and those with disabilities to pursue their education.

Hawassa City Administration

Women and Children Office

We would like to thank you for your fruitful work on women in need by providing capacity building training, financial support and follow up in our sub city.

Ethiopian Red Cross Society


Appreciating your unreserved comprehensive support to enable us serve humanitarian needs for people in Sidama

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

Mother Teresa

Recent Events and News

Center of Concern Ethiopia is undertaking different activities in different part of the country, Ethiopia. Here area some of latest Events and News at Center of Concern Ethiopia.

New Project in Moyale Districts

Centre of Concern in collaboration with PACT Ethiopia launched a project entitled “Cash for Community Cohesion”.The project aims to increase the household incomes of IDPs,

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Annual Girls Network Event

Annual Girls Network Event was held in Addis Ababa from July 22-23, 2021 in Capital Hotel organized by Malala Fund & implementing partners with the objective to create a space for girls to interface with decision makers to articulate and demand their visions for safe and quality education.

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Goodbye Event for Assembly

Center of Concern changed its structure to board led and organized a thank you event on 25 June, 2021 for the general assembly members and welcomed the new board members.

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Training to Peace Council Members

Capacity building training in Hawassa with mobile phone apparatus support.

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