The ACSO has the following powers and functions


  • Register organizations and support, facilitate and coordinate their activities in accordance with the Proclamation;
  • Monitor and supervise organizations to ensure that they undertake their activities in compliance with the law;
  • Examine and the annual activity and financial reports of organizations conduct the necessary follow up in accordance with the stipulations under this Proclamation;
  • To provide the necessary support to organizations to enable them to have systems of internal governance and self-regulation that ensure transparency and accountability and to work together towards implementation of the same;
  • In collaboration with concerned regional government bodies, establish an information center that contains data on the number of organizations operating in the country, sectors and regions in which they operate, the number of their beneficiaries and members; analyze and disseminate the same through newspapers and websites;
  • Organize regular forums for consultation between Federal and regional government bodies and civil society organizations;
  • Work in collaboration with sector administrators in carrying out its responsibilities;
  • Encourage organizations to actively participate in the development of government policies and laws;
  • Conduct research and advise the Government on the role of organizations in the protection of human rights, democratization and development activities of the country;
  • Develop policy guidelines to ensure that the development activities undertaken by organizations are to the extent possible aligned with the development plans issued by the government;
  • Without prejudice to the provisions of relevant laws, to exercise the powers of registration and authentication of documents with regard to Organizations;
  • Collect fees for the services it renders in accordance with the rate to be approved by the Government
  • Own property, enter into contract, sue and be sued in its own name; and,
  • Delegate, when it deems necessary, the powers and functions given to it by this Proclamation.
  • Open branch offices anywhere part of the country as it deems necessary.
  • Work in close cooperation with the relevant Government Agencies to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
  • Prepare a list of liquidators and monitor their performance in the dissolution of organizations.
  • Administer the Civil Society Fund established by this proclamation.
  • Promote a culture of volunteerism and voluntary activities and disseminating the same.
  • Undertake other activities necessary for the achievement of its objectives.