The year 2019, as stipulated in our fifth Country Strategic Plan, was a year that we amplified the voices of women, girls, the youth, and the vulnerable people living in poverty in pursuing their rights to lead a dignified and prosperous life.
Using our Human Right Based Approach (HRBA) as well as program framework of Rights, Resilience and Redistribution, we were able to empower 113,171 people living in poverty mainly women and girls, with a total investment of around ETB 105 Million (£2.5 Million) through our integrated interventions. Communities created solidarity amongst themselves to drive their agenda and meaningfully engage with the duty bearer. It was a year that power in people unleashed to fight for their gender rights. It was a year the participation of our communities demonstrated across our programming and that we played our multiple accountabilities satisfactorily.
This report covers only three programme priorities that AAE implemented excluding good governance due to the restriction we had in the CSO law for the last decade. Following the opening-up of the legal space for Civil Society Organizations in 2019, AAE has re-registered as a Gender Justice, Good Governance and Poverty Eradication Organization and reviewed its Fifth Country Strategy Plan (CSP V) which covers five years period 2018-2023 accordingly. The review has resulted in strategic shifts of program priorities to include governance and youth. As per the reviewed CSP, AAE has four Programme Priority Areas.