Electoral Support Project

Ethiopia held its sixth general election in 2021. In 2018 the Government of Ethiopia requested the United Nations to support general elections. In response to this request and in coordination with the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations Department for Political Affairs, UNDP set up an electoral support project, Supporting Elections for Ethiopia’s Democratic Strengthening (SEEDS), in June 2019.

UNDP has been at the forefront of providing support to countries undergoing democratic transitions, including in Africa, for many years. This role is grounded in key international instruments seeking to promote democratic practices based on, inter alia, competitive, credible and genuine elections. UNDP has played a catalytic role in democratic transitions through the provision of electoral assistance and related strategic interventions aimed at nurturing and consolidating democratic environments.

Project support period: 2019-2022

Technically capable, independent and trusted national institutions are essential for the conduct of credible, inclusive and peaceful elections in Ethiopia. While a multitude of stakeholders play a role in conducting peaceful elections, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) plays the principal role in administering the electoral process in Ethiopia. Therefore, partners will support Ethiopia’s efforts to strengthen NEBE, so that the country can hold credible, inclusive and peaceful elections.

Project objectives:

The main objectives of the project are to assist NEBE to: a) become a more efficient, transparent and ultimately, trusted institution; and b) undertake inclusive, transparent and credible elections. The areas of assistance are:

1.       Provide operational support to NEBE to enhance the conduct of transparent, efficient and inclusive elections.

2.       Support NEBE to develop capacities to conduct public outreach and external communication activities.

3.       Support NEBE and other key stakeholders to identify, manage and respond to electoral violence.

Project information:

Area of intervention: Democratic Governance

Implementation timeline: June 2019 - February 2022

Budget: 40,004,000 USD

Coordinating partners: NEBE, UNDP (lead agency), IOM, UN Women, UNESCO, OHCHR

Funding partners Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, UK/DFID

Project Contacts:

Shimels Assefa, Team Leader, Governance and Capacity Development Unit, UNDP Ethiopia, shimels.assefa@undp.org

Costanza Lucangeli, Chief Technical Advisor, Supporting Elections for Ethiopia’s Democratic Strengthening, UNDP Ethiopia, costanza.lucangeli@undp.org

Impact

START DATE

February 2019

END DATE

February 2022

STATUS

Completed

PROJECT OFFICE

Ethiopia

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

Ministry of Finance and Econom

DONORS

AGENCIA ESPANOLA DE COOPERACION INTERNACIONAL

Austrian Development Agency

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development

GOVERNMENT OF DENMARK

GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA

GOVERNMENT OF FINLAND

GOVERNMENT OF FRANCE

GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN

GOVERNMENT OF LUXEMBOURG

GOVERNMENT OF NETHERLANDS

GOVERNMENT OF NORWAY

GOVERNMENT OF SWITZERLAND

Irish Aid

Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, NORWAY

NEW ZEALAND AGY FOR INT'L DEVELOPMENT

SWEDISH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (SIDA)

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PRO

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

$59,026,198

DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS

2019$1,021,168

2020$25,489,472

2021$19,093,755

2022$1,254,930

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