Organization Setting and Reporting
The post is located in the Transport Division. The Division works to facilitate the international movement of persons and goods by inland transport modes and to improve operational efficiency, competitiveness, safety, energy efficiency and security in the transport sector, so that the sector contributes effectively to sustainable development.
Population pressure, inadequate infrastructure, unemployment: Ethiopia’s cities grow fast and so do the challenges for the still young city administrations. In order to provide basic services in line with demand city administrations lack: sufficiently qualified staff, revenues as well as practical experiences with institutionalized procedures of planning and administration. In parallel though, Ethiopia is in a process of extensive administrative decentralisation that delegates more and more responsibility to the local level.
The “Urban Governance and Decentralisation Programme (UGDP)“ supports the Ethiopian government by fostering the decentralisation process, improving municipal services and enhancing Good Governance. The programme is jointly implemented by the Ethiopian Ministry of Urban Development and Construction, eight regions and twelve partner cities. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the KfW-Entwicklungsbank and the Centrum für Internationale Migration und Entwicklung (CIM) implement the programme on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
• On the job trainings to develop and institutionalise standardised management and planning processes.
• Strengthening effective public participation.
• Introducing labour-intensive construction techniques, for example cobblestone road construction.
• Ensuring sustainability and scaling-up of achieved impacts trough an innovative knowledge management system.
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ);
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH,
Co-financed by: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
More than three million urban dwellers in Ethiopia.
• Improved service delivery: Cities increase their revenues, improve their planning capacities, involve the local population in decision making processes and therefore are able to provide for services in line with demand. (The satisfaction of citizens in UGDP partner cities with municipal services has been increased by 20 per cent since 2007).
• Enhanced local self-administration: Cities wield their right of local self-administration more effectively due to increased revenues and more efficient administrations. So, decisions made are closer to citizens. (In 2010, nine partner cities increased their revenues by more than 25 per cent compared to 2008).
• Contribution to Good Governance: Cities incorporate core principles of urban Good Governance in their administrative processes. The civil society is getting involved actively in decision-making processes. Public tender processes are more transparent and competitive. Moreover, city councillors represent the interests of the civil society. (In 2011, more than 60 city councillors were trained).
• Reduced urban poverty: Scarce public funds are used for effectively reducing urban poverty. Introducing labour-intensive ways of construction is one measure to reduce urban poverty. In doing so, city administrations as well as local small and medium enterprises are trained at the same time. (The construction of labour-intensive infrastructure (e.g. cobblestone roads) created more than 100.000 jobs. Women make 30 per cent of that new labour market).
See the attached document "Making Good Governance Tangible: The cobblestone sector of Ethiopia."