participates in major public debates and advocacy programs organized
by civil society organizations in the country. It is also keen
to engage in other collaborative ventures with such organizations.
It is, for example, a member of the NGO Task Force on the PRSP
set up to review the government's Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy
Paper, and to make recommendations to the improve the content
of the final PRSP.
welcomes collaborative work with the voluntary sector in the country,
the donor community, and foreign academic, research and advocacy
institutions. Some of the public debates held in the past have
been joint undertakings with local civil society organizations.
FSS has benefited by joint-venture schemes with the University
the Chr, Michelsen Institute of
Norway, and the Minority Rights Group International based in London.
is keen to attract the involvement of Ethiopians in the Diaspora.
The brain-drain which has been going on since the 1970s has severely
depleted the trained human resource of the country, and in view
of this FSS considers involving Ethiopians in the Diaspora is
one way to overcome the shortage of expertise and training in
also welcomes foreign researchers who wish to establish collaborative
links. It has an "affiliation arrangement" to enable
such persons to work with FSS and its associates. The arrangement
requires foreign researchers to be based in research, academic
or civic institutions, and have access to sufficient funds for
the work they wish to do, of which some of it will have to be
earmarked as institutional cost payable to FSS. Collaborative
arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis.