Inclusiveness, participation and peacebuilding in urban governance

In 2020, The Hague Academy partnered with The Ethiopian Cities Association (ECA) to develop an Orange Knowledge tailor-made training to strengthen their capacity to support Ethiopian cities.

Main goal

The training will help the ECA to build capacity to support Ethiopian cities to develop policies for:

  • Inclusive and participatory urban planning;
  • More effective decentralisation and local governance and deepening local democracy; and
  • Promoting social cohesion, conflict prevention and peaceful solutions.

In addition, the programme aims to strengthen training development and facilitation skills by including several train-the-trainer sessions and conducting pilot training for Ethiopian cities. This will enable the staff to better fulfil the task of ECA in facilitating capacity building, networking and learning for the member cities.


This programme aims to:

  • Enhance human rights with respect to human security and access to basic services, especially for marginalised and discriminated groups living in the cities and in the informal urban settlements;
  • Support the institutional and democratic reform process in Ethiopia. It strengthens the capacity of Ethiopian local governments to develop and implement laws, policies and practices of good governance and to work in an inclusive and participatory manner; and
  • Contribute to conflict prevention and peaceful solutions involving all stakeholders. The programme will help city governments to increase their conflict.

“The current challenges our country is facing demand urban leaders to provide solutions and to develop inclusive policies for vulnerable people, especially those living in informal settlements. The training has helped the association to better support Ethiopian cities to respond to such challenges.” Andualem Tenaw, Director-General ECA. 


A total of 15 participants from the staff of the Ethiopian Cities Association, the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction and the Oromia and Amhara regional governments joined the training. The project activities included:

Training of trainers

Through a three-week online training and a two-day in-person workshop in Addis Ababa, participants were provided with the knowledge and skills to design and deliver effective practice-oriented training.

Development of training programmes

Two five-day training programmes were delivered on: ‘good governance and peacebuilding’ and ‘inclusive urban planning’. Participants were trained to deliver these training programmes through a four-day workshop in Addis Ababa.  

Pilot trainings

The two training programmes on ‘good governance and peacebuilding’ and ‘inclusive urban planning’ were delivered to stakeholders from the Adama and Bahirdar in two five-day pilot workshops.



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