Send a Cow has received an award in best practice from the President of Ethiopia, Dr Mulatu Teshome.

Send a Cow placed third in this year’s highly competitive Good Practice Awards in Ethiopia and were the only international NGO to receive an award. The winning organisations were presented with their awards at a prestigious ceremony last month attended by various politicians and representatives from the World Bank, the EU and the press.

Organised by the Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA), the award seeks to promote and recognise good practices of NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisation) and CSOs (Civil Society Organisations) across the country. Send a Cow was judged and praised for its current project in southern Ethiopia which is working with 2,400 smallholder households to achieve greater food and income security.

Aklilu Dogisso, Send a Cow Country Director of Ethiopia said: ‘‘We are thrilled to win this award and feel very proud that Send a Cow was the only international NGO to be shortlisted. We are extremely happy that our Developing Farmers Towards Food and Income Security (DeFar) Project in Wolayita, which was funded with UK aid from the British people, was specially mentioned for its impact on the lives of poor smallholder farmers, especially for changing their mind-sets and helping people affected by dependency syndrome. It is a wonderful recognition of all our work. We thank God and would like to thank all who are directly or indirectly involved in our joint effort to reach this point.’’

Applicants were assessed on a range of areas including: innovation, scalability, sustainability, cost effectiveness, community ownership, strategic alliance with GTP and government plans, gender sensitivity and inclusiveness, and impact.

Commenting on the valuable contribution of charity organisations, President Teshome said: "We have to ensure that no one should be left behind in our effort to eradicate poverty and deal with an inclusive and sustainable feature of the society. In this universally shared value of government-CSOs collaboration, joint action is a necessity for our development activities. It takes active support and involvement of various development partners including CSOs in an organized and coordinated manner working in all alignment in the framework of government policies and plans."