The United Nations Development Program has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ethiopia’s National Dialogue Commission.
Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance is part of the agreement too. It is said that the aim is to support the National Dialogue Process financially.
The Agreement was signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
According to a report by Ethiopian State Media, it is a three years program. UNDP has committed itself to raising funds from development partners. It has also committed itself to spend $US 2.2 million from the UNDP coffer.
UNDP is to administer the funds as a trust fund.
Signatories seem to believe that the establishment of the trust fund will contribute in terms of helping the Commission in the effort to kick off an inclusive dialogue so as to get recommendations to resolve critical differences.
Months after it was formed, the commission appeared before the Ethiopian Parliament in April 2022 to report its performance. It said internal and external interventions were among the major challenges it has faced.
Radical ethnic Oromo nationalist groups, including the Oromo Federalist Congress under the leadership of Merera Gudina, have rejected the commission. These groups claim the process of establishing the commission was not inclusive.
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I have nothing but best wishes of success for the commission. Bigots can flop their mouth and blow their dragon breath all day all night long but it is a good and much needed start for the commission. Good luck!!!!
It would have been good if the government in place put forth a workable and acceptable proposal on the table. Unfortunately the regime seems to be busy with everything else except this crucial work of peace and reconciliation. Now with the support of UNDP and the government ‘s active involvement things may move forward. The forces that want pre federal system have been intensifying their campaign but it is upto the government to make sure the current constitution is respected and being followed. It is upto the parties and stakeholders to decide about the future governance arrangements.
Things always move forward not backward, especially based on fabricated fake history and inconceivable hatred generated by foreign influences. The commission will try its best – Foff if you don’t want to join.