The EU, a long-standing development partner to Ethiopia, is committed accompanying the democratic and electoral process via a support program that will offer a coordinated, joint and multi-stakeholder support to prevent, mitigate and manage election-related conflict and violence.
Through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) and the European Development Fund (EDF), the EU, as well as the EU Member States, considered to potentially combine resources with the aim of supporting a joint action that capitalizes on progress made and work around conflict prevention writ large. This project PEV Ethiopia suggests concrete ways to strengthen existing work within the non-state actor sector with electoral conflict prevention competencies and establish networks, coalitions, and alliances where there are gaps to fill.
Between 4th and 22nd of December 2018, ECES mobilized an identification and formulation mission composed by a team of seven democracy- and electoral experts, both from ECES core staff and from partner organizations with different backgrounds and experiences in Ethiopia, such as the Forum of Federation and the Centre for Creative Leadership together with Go-Innovation.
After intensified interactions between the EU and ECES, where follow-up ECES missions were deployed to Addis Ababa, it has been agreed with the EU Delegation that the IcSP would fund the PEV Ethiopia while the European Development Funds could fund another project in support of the National Electoral Board and still implemented by ECES and its partners.
Implementation preparations and the start of the project
Since its identification and formulation missions' rounds in Ethiopia, ECES has ensured close coordination with Ethiopian stakeholder via other missions and presence in Addis Ababa of the Co-Founder and Executive Director of ECES, Fabio Bargiacchi, and the Senior Global Electoral Advisor, David Le Notre, who will act as ECES Representative in Ethiopia. The project started on June 1st, 2019.