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To support efforts to advance a peaceful and inclusive democratic reform process that provides a pathway to a more democratic Ethiopia.


Ethiopia is in a state of transition. While substantial and long awaited political, economic, and security reforms, including an end to the 20-year war with Eritrea, were initiated in 2018, intercommunal violence and new regional conflicts are posing challenges to its stability and trajectory. In the current and evolving context, the U.S. Government seeks to support efforts to advance a peaceful and inclusive democratic reform process as well as foster Ethiopia’s role in promoting prosperity and stability in the Horn of Africa. USAID/OTI’s fast and flexible approach to programming capitalizes on windows of opportunity to advance democratic reforms, human rights, peaceful dialogue, and the opening of political and civic space in order to enable longer-term change in Ethiopia.  


In 2019, USAID/OTI launched its program in Ethiopia to support efforts to advance a peaceful and inclusive democratic reform process. USAID/OTI prioritizes flexibility to remain responsive to changes in Ethiopia and programmatic objectives will evolve accordingly. The USAID/OTI program: 

  • Supports key institutions and actors that advance tangible and immediate democratic reform to better address citizen’s needs; and

  • Partners with local actors to identify and mitigate potential conflict triggers in key target regions.


The geographic focus is on the capital, Addis Ababa, as well as Oromia, Amhara, and Tigray regional states. Activities include:  

  • USAID/OTI produces media products that address current affairs of average citizens as well as programs that fact-check information circulating on social media.

  • USAID/OTI provides key reform institutions the tools to raise awareness on and advocate for human rights. For example, USAID/OTI supports the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Consortium of Ethiopia Human Rights (CEHRO), the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia (IRCE), and the Agency for Civil Society Organizations (ACSO) with research, equipment, and technical assistance. 

  • USAID/OTI engages youth in youth-led listening tours in key universities, political dialogues, and youth volunteerism activities to bridge ethnic, religious and ideological divides that are triggering conflict in Ethiopia.

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Last updated: May 04, 2021

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