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USAID’s Feteh Activity Celebrates Five Years of Judicial Reform 

USAID/Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director Thomas Staal makes opening remarks at Feteh (Justice) Activity celebration, Addis Ababa, June 12, 2023. (Courtesy of U.S. Embassy)

US Embassy Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, —The United States Agency for International Development/Ethiopia (USAID) celebrated the impact of its Feteh (Justice) project, a $22 million (1.2 billion Birr activity).  USAID/Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director Thomas Staal was joined by representatives from the Ministry of Justice, federal courts, regional supreme courts, the Ethiopian Federal Advocates Association, and civil society organizations working on legal and judicial reforms at a celebration event marking the successful completion of this project.

“Feteh has functioned as a ‘flagship’ program, leading the way for legal reform in Ethiopia,” said Deputy Mission Director Staal during his remarks.

Feteh began in February 2019, in response to the Government of Ethiopia’s request for assistance with legislative reform and support of its implementation.  Feteh partners with legal institutions, including both federal courts and regional supreme courts, the Ministry of Justice, public prosecutors’ offices, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the office of the ombudsman, public defenders’ offices, law schools, civil society organizations, and the media.  After the first two years at the federal level, the project was extended to include the Oromia and Amhara regional governments and to advance legal reform through key institutions such as the EHRC, the ombudsman’s office, media, and universities.

The project has supported the drafting of legal instruments such as administrative law, civil society organization law, anti-terrorism law, and the Administrative Procedures Proclamation.  In collaboration with Gondar and Debre Berhan universities, Feteh has provided free legal aid for more than 3,000 vulnerable groups and produced more than 180 radio programs and 100 television episodes about women’s rights, gender-based violence, and hate speech.  The project also assisted the EHRC to develop a ‘Rapid Response Strategy’ and revise its existing monitoring system.  Government systems have been streamlined, reducing pretrial detention, professionalizing the judicial training centers, changing the selection procedures of the Judicial Council, and managing the courts more effectively.  Additionally, sixteen civil society organizations have received sub-grants through Feteh.  The lasting impact of these legal reforms will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of citizens.

Feteh builds upon over $4 billion (220 billion Birr) that USAID has invested over the last five years to empower Ethiopians across the country to help improve rule of law, human rights, the justice sector, and the media so that people lead healthier, more resilient, and more prosperous lives.

In 2022 alone, USAID provided more than $1.8 billion in development and humanitarian aid to Ethiopia. To learn more about the U.S.-Ethiopia partnership visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook and Twitter.  


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  1. Once again this shows Good Ole USA at its best standing by the glorious people of the old country. Hey commies! Ask your ‘idols’ in Moscow and Beijing to top that. Your role model in Moscow is busy raining down bombs on defenseless infants, the sick and elderly in Ukraine. Your other demonic bosom buddy in Beijing is busy playing with fire and bullying a tiny democratic island.
    Ways to go USA, you land of endless philanthropists!!!!

  2. The other crime those commies in Beijing have been committing lately is illegally hauling away our old country’s gold and other precious metals using its well trained thieves. They are also squeezing the last juice out of the innovating brains of the brightest the old country produced. Those commies have moved their joint of heathens by copying their way to the 2nd largest economy of the world. They think they have copied the living daylight of intellectual property of The West and now they are scavenging around in Africa in a scheme of catch and rob. They are seen hauling away the brightest of the brightest of the old country all the way to Beijing to milk the last drop of their innovative genius. Those commies are just like any commie out there. There is not such thing as ‘ethical’. Our old country better wake up. The ingenuity and innovative gift of the youth should be guarded and considered as a strategic asset of the old country. Boy, do I have utter disdain for commies!!!!

  3. Subject: ” USAID’s Feteh Activity Celebrates Five Years of Judicial Reform, US Embassy Addis Ababa”, June 13, 2023

    Humble Reaction
    Obviously the figures are impressive
    Now, please, please help the AFRICAN READER to answer the stagnant question as to whether Ethiopia was really, effectively, glaringly, benefited from the so called “reform in Ethiopia” ???


    OUR AFRICA has always been the play ground of colonialism and will continue to be so at ‘any cost’ and in various tact — and we know who they are. Denying this fact is synonymous with blind refusal and existence NEVER TO REACH ANYWHERE >>> THAT IS THE REFLECTION OF US, UNPARALLELED HONEST HUMAN BEINGS, BLACK AFRICANS. THE END
    By the way, did Western/Eastern colonizer’s education system helped us in benefiting from our own Dear Africa!?!?
    Let our Black Africans, with the top most education Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the Western/Eastern Education System, come to the rescue of AFRICA from eventually and complete submission to the Colonial Race.


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