Ethiopia

Context

Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa – about 120 million people inhabiting the country, with roughly 70 percent of them under the age of 29.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018, following protests in many parts of the country. His domestic reforms coupled with the rapprochement with Eritrea made him the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

However, since the Tigray war in November 2020, Ethiopia’s political and security situation has continued to deteriorate with millions of citizens displaced from their homes, thousands killed and growing economic challenges. The continued conflict is threatening the perspective of sustainable peace and democratic gains achieved thus far.

Active in Ethiopia since 2019, Interpeace has signed MoU with Ministry of Peace (MoP) and currently works on two projects: To support the reform of the police – one of the main components of the Ethiopian Government’s ‘Peace Policy and Strategy Framework’ – and work on an Ethiopian Peace Index.

Goal


Interpeace aims to implement activities aimed at advancing sustainable peace in the country and strengthening the Ministry of Peace’s capacity to use conflict sensitive and peace responsive approaches in policy development.

Initiatives


Strengthening trust between communities and security actors

The project aims to establish trust between communities and the police through a problem-solving approach, in line with the aspirations of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to build trust between the country’s institutions and its citizens. In the case of the police, the Ethiopian authorities identified their approach to fostering a police force that is trusted by communities in the ne...



The Peace Index (PI)

The PI will seek to operationalise a new approach to bottom-up, participatory measurement that will inform the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia of the state and progress of peace in the country. It will inform the national and regional peacebuilding strategy and institutionalise peacebuilding approaches in the government’s policies. The longer-term vision of the Peace...