Country Ethiopia
Region Africa
Duration Start 10 December, 2020 till 9 December, 2024
Field of expertise Building More Effective Public Administration
Policy field(s) Inter-municipal co-operation
Public finance
Public policy and planning
Funding Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia
Project code 11424
The wider objective of the project is to strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of local governments to deepen Ethiopia's decentralisation process as a pathway to sustainable development.

The specific objectives are (1) Strengthen Local Government representative organisations at urban and rural level to become meaningful exchange platforms and carry out advocacy with higher-level tiers of government, and (2) Support Woredas' capacities in Public Finance Management including Own Source Revenue Generation and strengthen Civil Service Capacity for better service delivery.

The expected results of the project are: R1 Ethiopian Cities Association unites urban local governments for exchange between peers; R2 Initiatives for the creation of sub-national governments' representation at rural level are facilitated; R3 Selected woredas are trained in public finance management and have increased their own source revenue collection process; R4 Research findings on institutional and operational capacities of local governments is pursued.

R1: The Ethiopian Cities Association has been strengthened which is demonstrated by an increase in paying membership, the development of their 5 year strategic plan, the number of training workshops that have been organised and their active participation in the formulation of policies at the Federal Level, e.g. the New Urban Policy.
R2: In two pilot zones, grouping urban and rural Woreda's around Yirgalem (in Sidama Region) and Bulbula (in Oromia Region) has led to increased collaboration.
R3: In pilot city Yirgalem the enitre property and land lease process has been modernized and digitalised, including the introduction of an e-billing and e-payment system. The modernization process included citizen's participation, accountabilty, IT support, leadership training and redesign of the revenue collection process.
R4: Two universities (Oromia State and Hawassa) have conducted Service Delivery Research that animated debates under R2.