CIPE works with the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA) to build the institutional capacity of the Ethiopian chamber system. To date, CIPE has supported more than 50 ECCSA member organizations across all of Ethiopia, from Addis Ababa and the highland states to emerging regions like Afar and Gambella.
Since 2011, CIPE’s work has focused on the establishment of a national training platform to support the long-term development of Ethiopian business associations: the Ethiopian Chamber Academy (ECA). The ECA trains leaders from chambers and business associations to improve the governance and financial sustainability of their organizations, increase the provision of member services and promote a better understanding of economic policy. With CIPE’s support, the ECA has developed 20 training modules and established a network of 25 experienced trainers. In 2017, the ECA launched its flagship certificate-training program for association professionals, modeled on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM). This four-day, intensive training workshop combines coursework and an applied capstone project to certify participants in chamber and association management.
CIPE’s efforts have made a major contribution to the professionalization of chambers and business associations in Ethiopia. To date, the Chamber Academy has trained over 500 participants from different associations and regularly receives requests to conduct trainings for private businesses as well.