Partners Come Together to Celebrate Five Years of Democratic Institutions Programme for Ethiopia
Representatives of the Government of Ethiopia, heads of democratic institutions, development partners and the UNDP gathered to celebrate the success and mark the end of the Democratic Institution Programme (June 2008 –June 2013).
Representatives from Government and development partners lauded the programme for its contribution to the transformational process that is ongoing in Ethiopia and emphasized the imperative to sustain the established positive momentum.
H.E. Ali Suleiman, Chief Commissioner of the Federal Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission – FEACC speaking on behalf of implementing partners, congratulated the efforts of the DIP which he summarized as having ‘changed government institutions’, notably with respect to capacities obtained through training and experience sharing platforms. Development partners represented by Thomas Huygerbet of European Union joined government representatives in acknowledging and appreciating the contributions of the programme and the role of the UNDP in managing the DIP. The donor representative emphasized the need for continuing such initiatives in order to help the country achieve its development goals. The UNDP Resident Representative/UN Resident Coordinator and UN Humanitarian Coordinator Eugene Owusu expressed gratitude to the development partners, the implementing partners and the government for their commitment and support which enabled UNDP manage to achieve the desired results. The Government of Ethiopia represented by Ato Admasu Nebebe of MoFED, equally acknowledged the success of the programme and appreciated the contributions of the UNDP and development partners in advancing democratic governance in the country. Also at the event, the Government of Ethiopia and UNDP issued Certificates of Appreciation to development partners for their contributions towards achieving effective development for Ethiopia through partnerships.
Attending the event were the heads of democratic institutions including: Professor Merga Bekana (Chairman of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia,) H.E. Ali Suleiman (Chief Commissioner of the Federal Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission – FEACC), Ambassador Tiruneh Zena (Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission), Mr. Gemechu Dubiso (Auditor-General at the Office of the Federal Auditor General), Mr. Debebe Barud (Acting Head of Secretariat at the House of Federation) and Mr. Admassu Nebebe (Director of UN Agencies and Regional Cooperation at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development). Development partners represented at the event included: Canada, Denmark, the European Union Commission, Italy, Norway, and the UK.
Managed by UNDP, the DIP is a partnership between the Government of Ethiopia and several development partners to strengthen the capacity of key democratic institutions to be responsive, efficient and effective in promoting human rights, accountability and transparency and popular participation in the country. The democratic institutions have contributed towards deepening and consolidating democratic governance in the country. Overall, the programme made solid improvements in human and institutional capacity development of the democratic institutions at the federal, regional, and sub-regional levels. The programme facilitated the promotion of human rights and good governance through its support to building the capacity of the democratic institutions to better fulfil their constitutional mandates. The seven democratic institutions are the Ethiopia Human Rights Commission, the Institution of the Ombudsman, the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the House of Federation and the Council of Nationalities, the House of Peoples Representatives and the Regional State Councils, the Office of the Federal Auditor General and the Offices of the Regional Auditor General.