UNDP - Strengthening Democratic Governance Project
Project goal: help government in strengthening institutions, mechanisms and processes that facilitate and promote transparency, accountability, rule of law, human rights.
Results for the 3 targeted democratic institutions:
- Capacities of key governance and justice institutions developed for accountability, transparency and responsiveness to citizen’s needs.
Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC): 2000 cases resolved, updated anti-Corruption Policy, two existing proclamations reviewed and amended and one new bill on corruption offences promulgated, four surveys and one assessment conducted
Ethiopian Institution of Ombudsman (EIO): A support system for Access to Information Law and a report on its implementation, functional good governance forums
- Capacity of national human rights machinery strengthened
Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC): 24 new legal aid centers operational, 20,000 beneficiaries, 3 human rights monitoring reports/cases will be published, 2 international/regional instruments ratified
Major activities: awareness raising, surveys, studies, developing manuals/guidelines, technical support, skills up-grading, study tours, networking, monitoring of implementation of laws, strengthen good governance and human right forums, advocacy on international human rights instruments, strengthen legal aid centers
Background information: Government of Ethiopia wants to capacitate governance architecture: reforming civil service and justice sector, deepen decentralization and improve delivery of basic services. The reform process is ongoing, but more effort is needed to strengthen democratic institutions.
Hence, this project is a capacity development initiative aimed at consolidating and sustaining the established momentum on building democracy in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Ministry of Finance has ultimate responsibility and accounts for results and resources. The 3 institutions will be responsible for implementation.