Rapid assessment of democratic institutions at sub national level

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Publication Date: 
05 December 2011
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UNDP Ethiopia is managing a five year multi-donor programme in support of seven key democratic institutions .The programme has been under implementation since 2008 and is expected to end in 2012/2013. To support the design of Phase II of this programme, UNDP Ethiopia wishes to commission the services of a consultant to undertake a rapid assessment of the capacities of democratic institutions at the sub-national level as well as set the overall strategic directions of the programme for the coming years (2013-2015). UNDP Ethiopia is looking for suitably qualified consultants to undertake the task. The work is expected to begin as soon as possible. ToR for the assignment is attached. Suitably qualified consultants should send their CVs preferably by Friday 9th of December to Sehen Bekele (sehen.bekele@undp.org)

1.0 Background

The Democratic Institutions Programme (DIP) commenced implementation in June 2008 and has made solid improvements in human and institutional capacity development of the democratic institutions at the federal, regional, and sub-regional levels. The programme has facilitated the promotion of human rights and good governance through its support to building the capacity of the democratic institutions (DIs) to better fulfill their constitutional mandates. 

The DIP since inception has contributed towards the achievement of the set outcome of ensuring that the democratic institutions are well structured, functional and able to discharge their mandates in promoting transparent and accountable democratic governance which respects the rights of all its citizens as enshrined in the Constitution. 

2.0 Introduction 

Ethiopia has a population of 79.4 million people (Populations in 2010 (CSA 2009) thus making it the 2nd most populous country in Sub - Saharan Africa. Ethiopia is a multi- ethnic and multi-linguistic country comprising of about 80 ethnic groups and dialects. As part of the government’s effort towards decentralization, higher administrative authority is given to lower administrative levels (Source: www.mofed.gov.et). As at 2008, only 17% of the total population lived in the urban areas. As the DIP strives to empower citizens to be active and effective participants in the democratic process as well as respect for the rights of others, it is critical that relevant institutions that promote such empowerment, no matter their location within the country be capacitated equally. Limiting the DIP interventions to federal level institutions would amount to empowering about 17% of the total population that live in the urban areas.