Contribution to Multi-donor Assistance for the 2005 National Elections
The overall objective of this Multi-Donor Trust Fund Project is to contribute to the development of a free, open and accountable political system of governance and the consolidation of democracy in Ethiopia through the organization and conduct of the forthcoming national elections in May 2005, in accordance with the constitution. In fulfilling these aims, the current project is designed to assist the Government and the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) with the conduct and overall management of the electoral process in cooperation with a range of national stakeholders, including inter alia civil society organizations, political parties, and the media.
The project will focus on the following key areas:
" Support and Capacity Development of the NEBE
" Support to National CSO/NGOs for Civic and Voter Education
" Training for Political Party Agents
" Support for Training of Judges and Prosecutors on Electoral Disputes
" Support to Media on Promoting Objective and Wider Election Coverage
In order to increase female participation in politics gender dimensions are specifically taken into account in "Support to National CSO/NGOs for Civic and Voter Education".
The Government, NEBE, UNDP Country Office and the consortium of donors agreed that the UNDP be vested with the responsibility for the coordination, management, and monitoring of the multi-donor basket.