Denmark is releasing 10 million Danish Kroner (equivalent to US$1.5 million) to support a multi-partner election support project for Ethiopia.
The agreement was signed by Ambassador Karin Poulsen of Denmark and UNDP Ethiopia Resident Representative Turhan Saleh on Friday 13th December 2019.
Ambassador Poulsen noted that, “The upcoming elections in Ethiopia are an essential part of the country´s stride towards a future of peace and prosperity. Denmark is proud to join forces with UNDP and other international partners, in a multilateral effort to secure the best possible conditions for a free and fair result.”
Today’s agreement formalizes the pledge made by the Danish Government back at the end of March 2019 during visit to Ethiopia by the Minister for Development Cooperation.
Denmark is one of 10 development partners that have so far contributed to the US$ 40 million Supporting Elections for Ethiopia’s Democracy Strengthening (SEEDS) project.
The project will be implemented from 2019-2022 to help build the capacity of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) in the following key areas:
- Provide operational support to NEBE to enhance the conduct of transparent, efficient and inclusive elections.
- Support NEBE to develop capacities to conduct public outreach and external communication activities.
- Support NEBE and other key stakeholders to identify, manage and respond to electoral violence