Who We Are?
Collective action is not only a human invention for assuring human survival Social organizations are devised to provide security of life and property. Political organizations are intended to govern, strengthen, guide and codify inter-group relationships and exercise legitimate authority or power. Organizations may have different structures, such as Federation, Confederation, or Unitary, and coming together and establishing the rules of the road and their enforcement is what consortium is all about.
A consortium is an agreement among individuals or groups to guide joint action, each pursuing its - self-interest, joining forces together for a common cause. A consortium needs to exist only as long as it is useful to its members. It is essentially a smart way of increasing the leverage or the power of groups and individuals by combining their meager resources. It is also a pragmatic method for avoiding zero-sum or negative-sum competitions among entities with similar fundamental objectives.
Forming a consortium is building relationships among various civic organizations for more influence and power that can be put to bear on governments. That relationship if handled carefully and best served through a consortium rather than through existing disparate and scattered organizational efforts. The benefits of working together outweigh the costs. By working together, we can reduce the costs and increase the benefits at the same time. Issues of duplicating efforts will be avoided, and thus resources can be used to effectively and efficiently achieve the desired goals. In the processes of forming a consortium, there is communication and understanding of each other. However, the critical benefit is the democratic values and traditions that are being developed in the process. A consortium based on democratic processes last longer and addresses the democratic needs of our people. The formation of a consortium of civil society organizations involves negotiation, mediation and consensus building based on democratic principles. In the end, it may result in the formation of unified CSOs.
Formation of a strong and a fully coordinated consortium also facilitates credibility and support on an international level thereby achieving a positive impact in critical efforts of advocacy and the prevalence of the policy required for the benefit of the Ethiopian people.
Consortium formation requires knowledge and skill. It is extremely important to realize that an effective consortium of CSOs is one of the key pillars of a strategy of national survival for Ethiopia. It is our strong belief, and there is also abundant evidence for it, that -a “shared vision” for a democratic Ethiopia and a well-crafted “strategy of transition” to achieve it must be debated and approved by the CSO Consortium.