The Forum of Federations and Canada launch the project: “Strengthening Federal Governance and Pluralism in Ethiopia”
Strengthening Federal Governance and Pluralism in Ethiopia is a five-year, $5.675 million project funded by the Government of Canada and implemented by the Forum of Federations in close partnership with the Government of Ethiopia.
This timely project will address challenges and opportunities in Ethiopia’s federal governance with the aim of creating a strengthened and more responsive federal system for Ethiopian citizens.
This project will seek to:
• Improve management of inter-governmental relations in the context of Ethiopia’s multi-cultural federation to ensure greater inclusiveness, including women’s participation;
• Improve intergovernmental fiscal relations, while supporting environmentally sustainable and gender-equitable development for women and men; and
• Increase understanding of the constitution by Ethiopian citizens regarding their rights and avenues of recourse, particularly those of women and girls.
The official announcement took place in Addis Ababa on April 11 at a ceremony hosted by the Speaker of Ethiopia’s House of Federation, His Excellency Ato Yalew Abate.
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie stated: “This initiative will encourage greater women’s participation in all levels of government. It’s also crucial that dialogue across Ethiopia be improved by promoting more inclusive and peaceful governance as well as transparent resource sharing.” She concluded, “Canada is pleased to be working with the Government of Ethiopia and the Forum of Federations to help strengthen federal governance and pluralism in the country.”
Forum President, Rupak Chattopadhyay, stated, “The Forum of Federations feels honored to partner with the Government of Canada and the Government of Ethiopia to support Ethiopia’s efforts to enhance their federal governance systems during this pivotal time.”
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For further information contact: John Light, Senior Director Communications, Light@forumfed.org