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Providing pathways to a more democratic and stable Ethiopia by building an enabling environment for inclusive and peaceful national consensus processes.


WHY USAID/OTI IS IN ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia’s historic political transition that began in 2018 brought substantial and long-awaited political, economic, and security reforms—including an end to the 20-year war with Eritrea. However, expanding violent conflicts with worsening effects on civilians pose a significant challenge to its stability and political trajectory. In this evolving context, the U.S. Government seeks to provide pathways to a more democratic and stable Ethiopia by building an enabling environment for inclusive and peaceful national consensus processes. In 2019, OTI launched its program in Ethiopia to support a peaceful and inclusive political transition.

USAID/OTI’S ROLE IN ETHIOPIA

The geographic focus of OTI’s program is the capital, Addis Ababa, as well as the regional states of Oromia, Amhara, and Tigray. USAID/OTI prioritizes flexibility to remain responsive to changes in Ethiopia, and programmatic objectives have evolved accordingly. The OTI program: 

  • Strengthens intra and inter-group relationships and actions;

  • Advances inclusive and constructive public discourse; 

  • Mitigates mis/disinformation and hate speech, and 

  • Rapidly responds in the wake of violent conflicts. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • OTI engages university students to monitor and identify mis/disinformation and hate speech circulating on social media and partners with media outlets to produce new content that creates space for constructive political deliberation. OTI also conducts trainings for media professionals to sensitize them about the impact of mis/dis information and hate speech and educate them on Ethiopia’s media and hate speech laws to better inform content production across various platforms. 

  • OTI strengthens inter-communal, religious, and customary conflict-mitigation efforts; supports youth as peace actors; works with the private sector, universities, civil society organizations (CSOs), and community-based organizations (CBOs) to advance local peace initiatives and dialogue; and identifies opportunities for inter-regional engagement. OTI places cross-cutting emphasis on women, youth, and other marginalized populations while identifying and supporting inclusion efforts in political processes, private sector engagement, and conflict mitigation.    

  • OTI promotes human rights reporting and accountability efforts in Ethiopia, including investigations into human rights violations.

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Last updated: July 19, 2022

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