Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2008 2009

Details for Mechanism ID: 609
Country/Region: Ethiopia
Year: 2009
Main Partner: Catholic Relief Services
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: FBO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $706,405

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Abstinence/Be Faithful (HVAB): $706,405

Avoiding Risk, Affirming Life program (ABY Track 1)


This is an ongoing five-year Track 1 funded AB activity that is linked to CRS' activities under HKID (10483)

as well as JHU/HCP's HVAB Reaching Youth and Women program (10573).

This activity aims to reduce HIV transmission among youth ages 15-29 through increasing the number of

youth and young adults practicing abstinence, secondary abstinence, and mutual fidelity. CRS began

implementing the Avoiding Risk, Affirming Life Program in FY05 with the aim of challenging unhealthy

sexual behaviors that increase young people's vulnerability to HIV. Since that time, the project has

expanded its geographical coverage in partnership with the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat to cover five

diocese/vicariates (Addis Ababa, Harar in Dire Dawa Council and Oromiya Region, Meki in Oromiya

Region, Adigrat in Tigray Region and Sodo Hosanna in SNNPR).

As of March 2008, CRS reached 164,688 young people with AB prevention messages which far exceeded

their target. The program currently has over 1000 peer counselors and volunteers working in churches,

schools and communities. A mid-term evaluation was completed in May 2007. Using the lessons learned

from this evaluation, CRS will make any needed implementation adjustments under COP08. During the

remaining two years of the program, CRS will focus on ensuring the sustainability of the program by

continuing to train religious leaders, parents, facilitators and peer educators. CRS will also establish and

strengthen more Anti-AIDS clubs, conduct supervision monitoring visits, and continue to distribute the IEC

materials listed below. In COP08, the program plans to train an additional 600 individuals in AB in order to

reach an estimated 90,000 individuals with AB messages.

The project has three strategic approaches: 1) Training of Catholic Religious Leaders in HIV/AIDS,

counseling and message delivery; 2) Support to the diocesan Social and Development Coordination Offices

to scale up youth focused HIV/AIDS prevention and support program and challenges social norms which

contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS; 3) Accessing teachers, parents and in- and out-of-school youth using

large scale interactive communication methods. These methods include mass events, In Charge! - a

participatory methodology that helps youth to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention, and life skills tools such as

the Youth Action Kit developed by JHU/Health Communication Partnership in Ethiopia.

The project initiated all three strategies in three dioceses in FY05 and FY06 and expanded to two dioceses

in FY07. Three additional tools were added to strengthen targeting of parents and older adults, married

couples and teachers and other peer group leaders. The tools are: 1) We Stop AIDS, a participatory

methodology to mobilize community groups to help discuss and take action to prevent HIV/AIDS; 2) Faithful

House, a counseling tool targeting church-going young people and married couples (developed originally for

Uganda, under the Affirming Life, Avoiding Risk grant and adapted for Ethiopia); and 3) Education For Life,

an in-depth behavior modification process targeting peer counselors and other community leaders.

CRS provides technical assistance to Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat (ECS) and their Development

Coordination offices in the different diocese. The partner provides support in developing annual workplans,

reports, and networks with other FBOs and CBOs. CRS supervises and monitors program implementation

and works to build the sustainability of the program.

Sub partners:

Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordination office (ECC-SDCO)

Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordination office of Harari (ECC-SDCOH)

Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordination office of Meki (ECC-SDCOM)

Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordination office of Adigrat (ECC-SDCOA)

Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordination office of Sodo Hosanna (ECC-SDCOSH) *

Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordination office of Addis Ababa (ECC-SDCOAA) *

New/Continuing Activity: Continuing Activity

Continuing Activity: 16553

Continued Associated Activity Information

Activity Activity ID USG Agency Prime Partner Mechanism Mechanism ID Mechanism Planned Funds

System ID System ID

16553 5596.08 U.S. Agency for Catholic Relief 7462 609.08 Track 1 $715,000

International Services


8091 5596.07 U.S. Agency for Catholic Relief 4697 609.07 Track 1 $485,628

International Services


5596 5596.06 U.S. Agency for Catholic Relief 3762 609.06 T1 $549,568

International Services


Emphasis Areas


* Addressing male norms and behaviors

* Reducing violence and coercion

Human Capacity Development

Public Health Evaluation

Food and Nutrition: Policy, Tools, and Service Delivery

Food and Nutrition: Commodities

Economic Strengthening



Table 3.3.02:

Subpartners Total: $0
Ethiopian Catholic Church: NA
Ethiopian Catholic Church Social and Development Coordination Office: NA