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USAID supports the Government of Ethiopia’s focus on building the institutions of good governance to promote transparency and public accountability. We are working with the Government of Ethiopia and civil society partners on strategic areas such as improving public access to and confidence in the legal system by providing continuing education to the judiciary on principles including human rights. Part of our strategy is to increase confidence in long-term local peace and security so that transformational development is sustainable.

To advance the delivery and quality of health, education, water and farming services and widen community engagement, USAID's mission in Ethiopia is working to strengthen participatory governance across its portfolio. From pastoralists taking the lead in managing rangelands and water sources to parent-teacher associations driving improvements in the classroom USAID is helping to build social capital and community voice.

USAID is supporting 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 any disruptions to the local population, and to reduce the chances that violence and insecurities hamper economic growth. One way is the mainstreaming of social accountability as a good governance tool to strengthen citizen interaction with government service providers. Another is by promoting conflict-sensitive development planning and implementation via providing the delivery of “Do No Harm” training to a broad range of state and non-governmental organizations. USAID also ensures that women and youth are supported and empowered to play a role in peace building.

Activities Include

  • Peace Centers for Climate and Social Resilience and Social Justice Centers (PCCSR): Increase community-level resilience to climate change in the Borana Zone by improving the effectiveness and legitimacy of formal and informal institutions of rule of law, justice, and dispute resolution.

  • Increasing Youth and Women’s Involvement in Peace Building: Assist youth and women in Jimma Zone of Oromia Region to more effectively contribute to peace building processes.

  • Enhanced People to People Relations and Communities Rehabilitation Program (EPPR&CR): Support community and regional and local government efforts to establish a safe and secure social environment suitable for sustainable development gains in Gambella Regional State along the border with South Sudan.

  • Communities Helping their Environment and Land by Bridging Interests (CHELBI): Strengthen social cohesion and collaboration among pastoral and agricultural communities in Southern Ethiopia (SNNPR and Oromia) through sustainable natural resource management, land use agreements and livelihood opportunities.

  • Inclusive Skills Training and Employment Program (ISTEP): Increase the numbers of organizations providing youth and adults with disabilities access to mainstream vocational skills training, business skills training, and formal sector employment opportunities.

  • Improving the Social and Economic Status of Marginalized Artisan Communities in Four Woredas of Kembata Tembaro Zone: Contribute to the improvement of the social and economic status of the marginalized artisans groups.

  • Enhancing the Systems of Good Governance in Ethiopia: Work with the key ministries and the courts on refining administrative regulations and support the reduction of gender based violence by working with the communities and police to implement Ethiopian laws prohibiting early marriage and female genital mutilation.

  • Local Capacity Development (LCD): In support of USAID Forward, strengthen the institutional capacity of local Ethiopian organizations partnering directly with USAID for the first time in the areas of financial management, project management, and monitoring and evaluation skills.

  • Strengthening Institutions for Pease and Development II (SIPED II): Establish and strengthen partnerships between government officials and local communities to better understand and address issues that lead to violent conflict and to ensure that all development and adaptation interventions are conflict sensitive.


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Last updated: May 21, 2015

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