MASHAV and Save the Children Norway
Establish Joint Program in Ethiopia
(March 15, 2005)
The Embassy of the State of Israel and Save the Children
Norway Ethiopia (SCNE) signed a three-year cooperation agreement March
15, 2004, aimed at establishing a joint program to support child development
activities in Ethiopia.
The agreement was signed by H. E Ambassador Doron Grossman, Ambassador of Israel
to Ethiopia, and Mr. Bjorn Hagen, Resident Representative of SCNE.
During the signing ceremony, Ambassador Grossman asserted the
agreement is part of an on-going and growing collaboration with SCNE
and symbolizes Israeli’s commitment to assist Ethiopia in various fields,
through its international cooperation agency MASHAV.
The agreement will enable MASHAV and SCNE to strengthen the capacity of Ethiopian organizations, which deal with child development issues, and which according to the agreement would benefit from the training programs to be provided in Ethiopia, at the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center and other training centers in Israel.
According to the agreement, MASHAV will also assist in bringing Israeli experts both for “on the spot training” and short-term consultancies that will take place in Ethiopia as well as facilitate and coordinate the reception of Ethiopian trainees for international and tailor-made programs in Israel.
SCNE identified Israel as one of the countries
having experts that can facilitate training courses on handling this
theme with great competence. Mr. Hagen said during the ceremony that
capacity building of local partners, both governmental and NGOs is an
important part of the way SCNE is working both in Ethiopia and other
Mr. Hagen further noted SCNE is happy to cooperate with MASHAV in this respect, which has the same strategy in developing countries.
In early December 2004, an Israeli Embassy-MASHAV-SCNE
cooperation program for Ethiopian social workers on psychological treatment
of abused children was conducted in Addis Ababa. Two renowned Israeli
experts from MASHAV gave ten days training for the social workers.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs