Ethiopia and the APRM: A Path to Nowhere?
30 January 2012
Ethiopia joined the APRM in 2003. Its strong and determined engagement with the APRM process, as of 2007, has left little room for doubting its government’s level of commitment in providing resources, political will and backing to the APRM process. However, authors Tigist Fisseha and Medhane Tadesse, whilst acknowledging the government of Ethiopia’s leadership within the APRM at continental level, argue that the mere fact that the APRM process itself, is little known by the Ethiopian citizenry, and that those that are aware of the process, are reluctant to engage with it, points to the total control of the process by executive power. They also argue that the only way the Ethiopia’s APRM process can be meaningful is if its participatory processes are opened to all citizens, especially civil society, who ultimately have a say as how they wish to be governed.