The recent political developments in Ethiopia open a new chapter in the countries’ rich history. After feudal governance structures and a military junta, Ethiopia joined the family of democratically organized countries in the 1990’s. Many observers argue that only since the election of the new leadership in the year 2018 (GC) Ethiopia’s path towards democracy will be brought to higher levels.

In order to allow decision-makers an informed discussion on current and prospective political challenges, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) jointly invited distinguished experts in September 2018 (GC) to discuss the most important political issues that urgently need to be addressed. This publication is the outcome of those deliberations.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is convinced that this résumé depicts an enriching and unique perspective on Ethiopia’s democratization process and the fundamental question how the democratic space can become more open and integrating, in order to strengthen the social cohesion in the country. It is our sincere belief that policy makers as well as practitioners will find helpful knowledge and suggestions worth of consideration in this edition.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung expresses its profound gratitude to the authors and the inspiring discussants for their excellent collaboration all along the way.


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