EURECS Ethiopia aims to boost the transparency, credibility and public trust in the National Electoral Board.
The European Response to Electoral Cycle Support, EURECS, project was launched in Ethiopia in October 2019, for a programming period of 36 months.
This project seeks to strengthen the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to raise the profile of an independent, credible and effective institution that will deliver inclusive and democratic electoral processes in Ethiopia. The action seeks to contribute to enhancing the transparency, credibility and public confidence in the NEBE, as well as in the electoral process.
Worth over 16.5 million euros, 9.45 million of which are funded by the Federal Republic of Germany, EURECS Ethiopia recognises the high expectations on the 2020 elections as the starting point for a paradigm shift in the conduct of elections in the country.
The EURECS project is implemented in synergy with the PEV-Ethiopia project (started in June 2019), also led by ECES. Both projects are based on identification and formulation missions carried out by ECES in December 2018 and subsequent sustained presence of ECES’ personnel in Ethiopia.
In light of the ongoing reform process in Ethiopia –initiated with the appointment of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed in April 2018, it is paramount that the election board is adequately equipped to perform its core mandate of delivering credible elections while working to ensure sustainability of democratic gains beyond this action and forthcoming electoral cycles. With this overarching objective in mind, the NEBE is the main beneficiary of the EURECS project activities, implemented by ECES and its partners based in Ethiopia for over a decade, the Forum of Federations (FoF) and GOInnovation.
Not only will the project provide capacity building and institutional support to NEBE, but it will also offer an opportunity for on-the-job training for key NEBE staff by jointly planning, implementing, and evaluating activities foreseen within this project.
The three expected outcomes of EURECS Ethiopia lay all on installing a higher degree of public trust in the National Election Board of Ethiopia NEBE, thus following EURECS guidelines of delivering innovative mechanisms for electoral and democracy assistance consistent with European values and EU policies, in order to ensure a truly comprehensive and more sustainable approach. These are the key conditions for an effective electoral management and leadership in Ethiopia over the 2020-2025 electoral cycle.
Please visit our official website for the project: www.democracy-support.eu/eurecs