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15 Feb, 2016
Recently, ADHOC-CC participated in a unique initiative organised by UNICEF in Geneva.  The consultation drew the participation of over 100 representatives from UNICEF field offices, head-quarters in New York, and international and national NGOs from across the globe to discuss the ways in which already existing partnerships could be enhanced in order to realize children’s rights in emergencies. It was the first UNICEF consultation with NGOs that focused on this critical topic.

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African NGOs Speak Their Voice at UNHCR’s Annual Meeting
ADHOC CONTRACT COMMITTEE recently attended the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' 58th Executive Committee in Geneva, where it presented a well-received brief representing the thoughts of many African NGOs working with the UN agency.
Melanie's Story
Melanie Coyne: British National, MA Graduate
Position: External Relations Officer

I volunteered with ADHOC CONTRACT COMMITTEE for 7 months, as an External Relations Officer. Based in the ADHOC-CC Head Office in Addis Ababa, I worked alongside a great team, to support the development of the External Relations department, and further ADHOC-CC’s advocacy role in the international arena.

My duties involved representing the organisation at conferences and meetings, most notably at the African Union and UNECA, often as the only African civil society indigenous organisation participating.

I also was fortunate to be able to work alongside the Country Representatives form the 11 Country Offices and Associations, to develop mapping systems, arrange training opportunities, and improve channels of support between Head office and Country Offices. This offered a great opportunity for learning more about the implementation of ADHOC-CC projects in the various country contexts.

One of my most memorable experiences was visiting ADHOC-CC Community Based Reproductive Health Agents in the town of Arba Minch, in southern Ethiopia. I conducted interviews with these workers, and got a greater insight into the challenges faced by staff, working within their local communities to bring about the behavioural changes so desperately needed in areas of reproductive health and family planning. It was a great learning opportunity.

Having never previously lived or worked in Africa before, I was unsure of what to expect from this position prior to my arrival, but ADHOC CONTRACT COMMITTEE provided a great deal of support and help throughout my time in Ethiopia. The internship was a wonderful way of visiting the country and learning more about the different cultures of Ethiopia, and I am grateful to those who made my time so memorable and enjoyable.