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To support a peaceful and inclusive democratic reform process for 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 pose challenges to its stability and trajectory. In this 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 a peaceful and inclusive democratic reform process. USAID/OTI prioritizes flexibility to remain responsive to changes in Ethiopia and programmatic objectives evolve accordingly. The USAID/OTI program:

  • Supports key institutions and actors that advance tangible and immediate democratic reform to better address citizens’ 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 the current affairs of average citizens’ and 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, the Consortium of Ethiopia Human Rights, the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia, and the Agency for Civil Society Organizations with research, equipment, and technical assistance.
  • USAID/OTI engages youth in youth-led listening tours at key universities, political dialogues, and youth volunteerism activities to bridge the ethnic, religious, and ideological divides that trigger conflict in Ethiopia.
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Last updated: July 09, 2021

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