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Providing pathways to a more democratic and stable Ethiopia and supporting a peaceful and inclusive political transition.


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.

USAID/OTI’S ROLE IN ETHIOPIA

In 2019, USAID/OTI launched its program in Ethiopia to support a peaceful and inclusive political transition. The geographic focus is on 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 USAID/OTI program:

  • Builds an enabling environment for national consensus, and

  • Identifies and mitigates conflicts that have the potential to destabilize the prospect for national consensus.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/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.
  • USAID/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.

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

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Last updated: December 23, 2021

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