Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia

Enhancing older people and their institutions’ capacity for improved governance and sustainable development in Ethiopia

09/10/2019 - 09:03
Democracy and Human Rights

Enhancing older people and their institutions’ capacity for improved governance and sustainable development in Ethiopia (EEPNA), in partnership with Help Age International, was one of the beneficiaries of the EU CSF II programme launched to support Ethiopian CSOs to engage in the development and democratic processes of the country. The programme has created a conducive environment for EEPNA to undertake well-organized and comprehensive advocacy and lobby campaigns for the rights and wellbeing of older people. In addition to interventions at country level, EEPNA was able to voice the concerns and interests of its members in global campaigns undertaken to request and influence the ratification and realization of the Universal Convention for Older People.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of this project was to contribute to improved governance that respects the rights of older women and men and to ensure their contribution to the democratization and national development processes in Ethiopia.

Results

The project supported and facilitated dialogue forums, awareness-raising sessions, established networks and platforms for older people, policymakers and action groups at all levels. These activities have resulted in enhanced understanding of policymakers and the general public about the rights and entitlements of older people. They have contributed a lot in strengthening and creating a vibrant umbrella organization that effectively advocates for the recognition and protection of the rights and entitlements of elderly citizens in Ethiopia and ensures their access to basic needs. Result areas that can demonstrate the achievements include the following:

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