(3) Through interviews with active members of GRCO and through a review of primary and secondary documents, I have been able so far to reconfigure its activities as follows;
- GRCO was established by successful fano or Gurage immigrants to Addis Abeba who established themselves as bureaucrats or merchants. In addition to making their own financial contributions, fano leaders lobbied government institutions for technical support for road construction and called for political support by traditional clan leaders.
- GRCO has a modern administrative structure based on written regulations. The organization is supported by seven committees, each corresponding to one of the "seven clans" that constitute traditional Gurage society. Clan committees in turn are supported by many iddir.
- In recent years GRCO has tried to establish links with NGOs working in Ethiopia. The organization itself is adopting a typical NGO form by employing young project managers who pursued development studies at foreign institutions.