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US Launches Justice Support Project in Ethiopia


Muluneh Gebre

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:16 GMT

The United States has launched the Feteh Project to support and strengthen independent rule of law institutions in Ethiopia.

Feteh, meaning “justice” in Amharic, is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), according to a statement released by the US Embassy in Addis Ababa

The $4million justice project will provide technical support to Ethiopia’s Attorney General’s Office and the Supreme Court’s efforts to expand their independent decision-making and oversight capacity.

USAID’s Feteh project will strengthen the overall capacity of the Attorney General Office directorates and agencies, as well as providing technical support to the AGO advisory council and secretariat for their ongoing legislative initiatives.

The two-year project is also intended to support the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia in its efforts to strengthen commercial benches, revise various framework laws – including the Law on Judicial Administration and the Law on Federal Courts – and enhance its case flow management to improve efficiency.

President of the Supreme Court, Meaza Ashenafi, joined USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Ambassador Michael Raynor to announce the new collaboration at a launch event in the capital city.

“Today, we are opening a new chapter in our partnership. The United States is committed to investing in the capacity of Ethiopian legal institutions to achieve their goals of ensuring free and fair elections, promoting human rights, citizen engagement, and greater representation,” said USAID Deputy Administrator Glick.