Advanced Leadership

What is the project about

The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia embarked on an ambitious plan of making Ethiopia a middle income, carbon neutral and climate resilient economy by 2025. The National Growth and Transformation Plan has been developed to accelerate growth, achieve MDGs by 2015 and set the ground and framework for climate resilient and green economy. The achievement of these objectives demands effective leadership and the ability for the government to respond and adjust to the emerging global, regional and national development and political realities and challenges.


The Advanced Leadership initiative is designed within the framework of the GoE/UNDP Capacity Development for Coordination and Implementation Programme with a view to equipping policy makers and leaders at federal and regional levels with strategic knowledge, best practices and partnerships enabling acceleration in development transformation in line with the country’s vision. It is expected that senior officials in the various sectors will contribute to a dynamic policy environment that seeks to take maximum advantage of new knowledge, international best practices and know-how on successful transformational processes.


The role of policy makers in line ministries, regional leaders and diplomats is crucial in this process and are therefore, specifically targeted by this initiative. Ministers, Sate Minsters, Diplomats, Directors of selected Federal Agencies, Regional Presidents, and Heads of Finance and Economic Development Bureaus at regions are targeted under this initiative. In addition, some public enterprises/agencies, the private sector, as well as civil society organizations will directly or indirectly benefit from the project.

What have we accomplished so far

  • Through international procurement process, UNDP and the Government of Ethiopia have been able to identify three reputable institutions that can offer high level training to the senior government officials. The selected institutions conducted pre-training assessments through extensive consultations of selected participants of the training and finalized the development of training modules;
  • The Institute for Leadership and good governance, established in 2010 and housed at the Ethiopian Civil Service University, has been able to develop a “state of-the art” professional modules, and has graduated two batches of civil servants who are currently assisting the country’s decentralization process;
  • Intake capacity of the Institution has significantly increased, with a sizable participation of women;


Contact for more information

Fisseha Mekonnen


UNDP Around the world