AWEPA’s new programme in Ethiopia, implemented in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa, kicked off with a five-day training workshop in Adama, Ethiopia, between 27-31 March.
AWEPA, under the Strategic Partnership Programme with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in consortium with NIMD, will aim to contribute to the consolidation of democracy in Ethiopia. Over the course of the programme, AWEPA will work with the parliaments and NIMD with the political parties to build capacities and promote dialogue.
The first activity, organized by AWEPA, laid the foundations for this future cooperation while at the same time equipping members of the Federal House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and the Regional Parliament of Oromiya (Caffee) with skills necessary to strengthen their capacity to legislate effectively.
The workshop attended by both MPs and staff members from the two institutions, also provided participants with the skills necessary to scrutinize draft proposals for legislation to ensure that they comply with the minimum norms and standards of constitutionalism and legislation.
As the activity was intended primarily as a Training of Trainers (ToT), its main goal was to ensure that the enhanced legislative capacity is left in Ethiopia as a seed for equipping further MPs and other strategic personnel on legislative drafting.
AWEPA is excited to announce the programme’s first activity, and looks forward to further developments and increased cooperation as more activities get underway.