Good Governance & Human Rights

Norway is committed to cooperate with Ethiopia for the development of good governance; ensuring gender equality, human rights and democratization; and improving the situation for the civil society. In 2014, approximately 30 million NOK was channeled to this sector. Norway supports the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), and the work for women’s empowerment and sexual reproductive health rights, by cooperating with civil society organizations, the UN and the government. Furthermore, Norway is contributing to capacity building in the justice sector; human rights training of law enforcement bodies; and free legal aid, through different programmes with the civil society and the Addis Ababa University. Norway supports Ethiopian civil society through a joint fund, the Civil Society Support Programme, together with Ireland, Netherlands, UK, Canada and Sweden

On Thursday 30th March, Dr. Terje Skjerdal, Associate Professor at NLA University College launched his report “The Ethiopian Journalist: Loyalist and Change Agent”. The official launch took place in Ras Mekonnen Hall at Addis Ababa University (AAU), and was hosted by the Dean of AAU’s School of Journalism, Dr. Getachew D. Godana. Read more

On Tuesday 20th September, the Norwegian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Andreas Gaarder, delivered his remarks upon the presentation of new guidelines for the Ethiopian prosecution services. Read more

Participants drawn from the Norwegain Embassy, UNICEF and UNFPA attended the presentation. . 
Photo: RNE.

Norway has been supporting the “Rights based approach to adolescents and youth development” Program- jointly implemented by UNICEF and UNFPA. The overall purpose of the programme is to build the capacity of adolescents and young girls and boys through the provision of improved sexual reproductive health/HIV services, as claim holders and capacitate youth running organizations, parents, and... Read more

The Institute of Advanced Research (IAR) is a non-profit and non-partisan public policy organization based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 
Photo: IAR.

Norway has supported the Institute of Advance Research in Ethiopia since 2013. Norwegian Ambassador Gaarder made the opening statement at the launching seminar 5 April. He pointed out that research is key to the continued advancement of our societies, and an important input for economic growth and development. Read more

Photo: RNE/MOHE.

Today is International Women’s Day and it is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Norway has been supporting the efforts of the Ethiopian Government in the promotion of gender equality, women’s empowerment, sexual and... Read more

On 12th January, the Norwegian Ambassador to Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Andreas Gaarder, delivered a keynote speech at the opening of a panel debate on women’s rights in Addis Ababa. The panel debate was organized by the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI), and gathered participants from civil society, academia and the international community. Read more

The Norwegian Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Andreas Gaarder, presented a keynote speech at a panel discussion. 
Photo: RNE.

On Friday 18 December, the Norwegian Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Andreas Gaarder, presented a keynote speech at a panel discussion organized by the Center for Human Rights of Addis Ababa University. The event commemorated the International Human Rights Day and the 21st anniversary of the Ethiopian Constitution. In his keynote address, the Ambassador expressed his appreciation for the work of the Centr... Read more

In front, from the left: State Minister of Justice, Ato Tesfalem; President of JFA-PFE, Pastor Daniel Gebreselassie; Minister of Justice, Ato Getachew Ambaye; the Norwegian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Andreas Gaarder; legal consultant to JFA-PFE, Mr. Rasmus Wandal. 
Photo: RNE.

“On 17 December, the Ambassador of Norway to Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Andreas Gaarder, attended a workshop aimed at the development of new guidelines for the Ethiopian prosecution services. The workshop was organised by the Ethiopian non-governmental organisation “Justice for All – Prison Fellowship Ethiopia” (JFA-PFE), in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and other key stakeholders in the... Read more

Bureau of Women, Children and Youth Affairs project in Harari region is one of the projects under the strategic partnership fighting FGM. 
Photo: Joar Svanemyr.

The Royal Norwegian Embassy has been supporting the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Ethiopia through the ‘Strategic Partnership – fighting FGM’ program jointly implemented by Save the Children Norway-Ethiopia and Norwegian Church Aid/Ethiopia. The second phase of the program runs from 2011-2015, the total budget being 50 million NOK. Read more

Friday 16th October, the remaining four of the Zone 9 bloggers were acquitted after 539 days in custody. Zone 9 is a blog collective from Ethiopia, focusing on human rights and social justice. Read more

Ambassador Gaarder at a ceremony marking the success of the supreme court of Ethiopia in reducing backlogs of case files within the judiciary.

On the morning of Friday 14th August, Ambassador Gaarder attended a ceremony for a small circle of officials in the offices of the Chief Justice of Ethiopia, Ato Tegene Getaneh. Read more

Ethiopia has commited itself to end child marriage and female genital mutilation by 2025. 
Photo: NCA.

The Ethiopian Government held a National Girls Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 25 June 2015. The event is a follow up of the London 2014 Girls Summit, in which Ethiopia has made a commitment to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child, Early, and Forced Marriage (CEFM) by 2025. Read more

The delagation met with the Parliamentary Ombudsman. 
Photo: Sivilombudsmannen.

A high-level delegation from the Ethiopian justice sector has recently conducted a study tour to Norway. The delegation consisted of the Ethiopian Chief Justice, Mr. Tegene Getaneh; the Minister of Justice, Mr. Getachew Ambaye; the Addis Ababa Police Commissioner, Mr. Yihdego Seyoum; and the President of Justice for All Prison Fellowship Ethiopia (JFA – JFE), Pastor Daniel Gebreselassie. Read more

Girls attending community conversation in Afar Region, Ethiopia. 
Photo: NCA/Save the Children.

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) has, in 2014-15, commissioned an evaluation of the impact of Norwegian aid on enhancing gender equality and women’s rights in Southern partner countries. Norway’s support to the fight against FGM in Ethiopia was declared successful. Read more

Sub grantees in Arsi Kersa supported by HARMEE a CSO funded by CSSP. 
Photo: CSSP.

Norway has been supporting the CSSP along with other Donors. The Program that is unique in scale and scope has to date, disbursed direct grants to more than 159 Civil Society Organisations. Read more

Video from Norad. 
Photo: NORAD.

Norwegian support to program aiming to reduce FGM. Read more

Ambassador Odd-Inge Kvalheim made a visit to the Afar National Regional State from May 21-23. Read more

The people of Yallo woreda in the Afar National Regional State made a public declaration officially denouncing female genital mutilation and other harmful traditions in ceremony held in Yallo town on the 24th of November 2011 as part of the effort to contribute for the abandonment of FGM in Ethiopia. Yallo is one of the 32 woredas in the region situated in the north-east of Ethiopia. Read more

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Development and Inter Church Aid Commission (EOTC/DICAC) in partnership with the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) organized: “A Theological Reflection in the teachings of EOTC on Female Genital Mutilation” and a contextual bible study on Gender Based Violence entitled “Tamar’s Campaign” on Thursday October 13, 2011 at Desalegn Hotel in Addis Ababa. Read more