United Nation Development Program (UNDP) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Finance and National Dialogue Commission, allocating 2.2 million dollars for the upcoming national discussion. Managed by an independent trust fund, and in addition to the annual budget allocated by the Ethiopian government, UNDP is looking to set up a financial buffer scheduling to raise 32.8 million dollars in support funds from development partners over the next three years. The Dialogue Commission was established on December 2021 to facilitate the national dialogue and pave the way for national consensus to find a way out of the cycle of voilence and war in the country. Ethiopia’s parliament legislated a stand-alone institution, commissioning 11 members to serve in the Dialogue Commission. It is chaired by Mesfin Araya (Prof.), a multilingual mental health physician.
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