The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Ethiopian Civil Service University.

On August 4th, 2017, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU) have signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU), underlining the good relationship of both organizations and allowing for partnerships in national, regional and international conferences, workshops, symposia or publications and studies. According to the document, the areas of sustainable development, peace building and security development, good governance, rule of law and democracy, regional integration, and socio-economic transformation are considered as being of mutual interest.

Professor Fikre Desalegn, president of ECSU and Mr. Constantin Grund, Resident Representative of the FES signed the MoU with a validity of five years at the occasion of a ceremony that took place in the Senate Hall of the Civil Service University.

One concrete collaboration project coming to fruition is a publication on electoral norms and practices in East Africa. Some countries have witnessed elections with contested outcomes in the last decade, meaning that the outcome of these elections has put into question the internal and external legitimacy of governments in the region. Bold effort towards better understanding of those dynamics remain necessary in order to improve electoral governance in East Africa. The major output of this project will be a series of publications in the form of comparative studies of the electoral processes in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.

FES is looking forward to this promising effort and to further cooperation with the Ethiopian Civil Service University in the years to come.