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Ethiopia’s civil society seeks to carve its identity ahead of election

Ethiopia's civil actors are key to mobilizing and ensuring that the electoral process reaches the remotest places. But they face hurdles in a country still shaped by years of feeble democracy and top-down approaches.

 

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