Project profile — Strengthening federal governance and pluralism in Ethiopia – program 2017 to 2023


Forum of Federations (CA-CRA_ACR-3887251429)
2017-07-25 - 2023-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ethiopia (100.00%)


• Public sector policy and administrative management:
Public sector policy and administrative management (15110) (30.00%)
Public finance management (15111) (15.00%)
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (15112) (10.00%)
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (10.00%)
Human rights (15160) (10.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (10.00%)
• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The Forum of Federations program aims to strengthen a more gender-responsive federal system in Ethiopia, enhancing democracy and governance, political stability, and dialogue between the state, regions, and citizens. The project seeks to improve government accountabilities by implementing a more formalized intergovernmental relation (IGR) system with clear roles and responsibilities, more equitable distribution of federal revenues, and increased government responsiveness to regional ethnic issues and citizens’ constitutional rights. Training on leadership, networking opportunities and the extent of the constitution aim to increase women’s influence in government decision-making and promote awareness of their rights and avenues of recourse. The implementing partner, the Forum of Federations, enhances sustainability by building partners’ local capacity to address current governance issues and facilitating local ownership, knowledge management, and information-sharing among the government and its citizenry. By increasing understanding of women’s and men’s rights in Ethiopia’s constitution and improving consultation between government and civil society, the project also improves the government’s accountability and transparency to its citizens.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) enhanced gender-sensitive management of inter-governmental relations; (2) improved inter-governmental fiscal relations supporting environmentally sustainable and equitable development for women and men; and (3) increased understanding of the constitution by state actors and Ethiopian women and men regarding their rights and avenues of recourse.

Results achieved 

Results achieved at the end of the project (September 2023) include: (1) supported the passing of the (IGR) proclamation setting the legal framework for a more formalized, systematized, and gender-sensitive IGR; (2) supported the passing of the intergovernmental fiscal relation (IGFR) law that brought two notable changes on the revenue sharing formula applied by the government. First, regional governments now have a widely accepted or a fair share of the concurrent revenue bases. The implication is that the fiscal autonomy of regional states has significantly improved; they are now less dependent on General Purpose Federal Grants. Secondly, the study made a significant contribution to the development of a transparent, principles-based, and relatively simple revenue-sharing mechanism in Ethiopia; and (3) conducted studies on three key issues affecting the constitutional rights of women and girls to pinpoint institutional, judicial, and administrative obstacles and developed options to tackle the challenges. Also, trained relevant judicial and non-judicial actors based on the findings to make them aware of the challenges and possible remedies.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
01-12-2023 Disbursement $266,155
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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