ESSSWA submitted Annual Plan for Year 2018
Unlike the health and agricultural extension service provision, the Ethiopian social welfare services system remains weak to provide the necessary support to the neediest and vulnerable groups of the society, such as children that are infected and/or affected by HIV and AIDS. The weak nature of the social service systems and institutions providing the service is manifested, among others, by a serious shortage of qualified workforce and lack of focused social services training and research institutions. Although Ethiopia has registered positive results in combating the negative impacts of HIV and AIDS, the training of social service workers for HIV and AIDS support and care provision remains a source of concern. Although there are various initiatives on community oriented trainings, the training of social services workers to serve the needs of children and communities at grassroots level is limited in scope and coverage. With the financial support of USAID, ESSSWA with responsible government and nongovernment stakeholders is implementing a first of its kind project on: “Strengthening Social Service Systems in Ethiopia” (SSSSE), which basically aims at that building the country‟s social service workforce.
Despite the fact that the training outlets for professionals in the disciplines of Sociology, Social work and Anthropology have increased in number through the establishment of new universities across the
Country, graduates are not yet serving vulnerable social groups at grassroots community level. Nationwide research, publication and dissemination on children’s issues are also very limited in their
Scope and qualities. This is manifested in the form of skill gap among graduates of sociology, social work and anthropology in action research or applied social research methods. Future research activities will then be made to focus more on hard to reach social groups by identifying hot spot areas (eg. corridors of child trafficking/migration, bonded labor and exploitation). This is expected to be realized through Enhancing Institutional and Research Capacities to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (EIRC PCSAE) project.