USAID has supported the Government of Ethiopia’s focus on building the institutions of good governance to promote transparency and public accountability. Simultaneously, USAID works with Ethiopian government and civil society partners to promote a culture of pluralism including that of the respect for the rule of law and tolerance of differing perspectives. Confidence in long-term local peace and security is absolutely essential to the willingness of all, whether government institutions, international donors, private companies or individuals, to make the investments required for transformative development.
USAID works to support the explicit commitment of the Government of Ethiopia to improve and make governance more accountable, to ensure that policies and development projects are planned to minimize the disruption to affected populations, and to reduce the chances that violence and insecurities will hamper economic growth.
USAID assists the Government and civil society with internal conflict mitigation and reconciliation, across the four ethnically diverse states of southern Ethiopia and at the Federal level, as well as in seven federal universities. Activities also promote inter-state efforts to manage conflict and promote development along their common boundaries.
At the state level, USAID efforts increase focus on knowledge and skills essential to improve conflict management and sustainable development, such as land use, planning and natural resource management.
At all levels, USAID promotes conflict-sensitive development planning and implementation, and expands delivery of “Do No Harm” training to a broad range of state and non-governmental organizations. USAID also ensures that women are supported and empowered to play a role in peace building.
USAID Ethiopia Governance Projects include:
- Human Rights and Advocacy: Deter human rights abuses by training court and police officials in human rights law and administrative regulations and by general and case-specific advocacy.
See also: Crosscutting Issues, USAID Ethiopia Country Development Cooperation Strategy 2011-2015 [PDF, 1.6MB]