Framework of Programs and Governance

Program design and concrete tasks of the institute are anchored on the following:

»  Observe the guidelines provided by the broad objectives and mandate of operation outlined above as per the Statute referred to as the “Council of Ministers Regulation 5/1996”;

» Ethiopia’s Foreign and National Security Policy and Strategy, in the sense that it is an Ethiopian institution which takes its cue from the policy paradigms defining the vital national interests of the country;

» Paying attention to the needs of capacity building through research, training and analytical services aimed at expanding the knowledge base for action in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction and peace building; attention is paid in this regard to continuing education in negotiation, diplomacy;

» Recognizing the crucial link between peace and development, and the role of major actors of the eastern Africa region, viz, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU), Ethiopia as a factor of strategic importance to regional peace and development, the member states of IGAD with potential to contribute to promoting regional peace, stability and development; promoting a climate of confidence among all the regional players with the view of creating the conditions for security, stability and socio-economic progress are issues of concern to the institute.

» The crucial importance of engaging the national (Ethiopian) intelligential and regional as well as continental African peace advocates in policy dialogue constitute the core instruments to concretize the guiding principles of planning and implementation of programs by the institute.


» Governed by a Board of Trustees as provided for in the Statute (Regulation 5/1996), the institute is headed by an Executive Director, assisted by an Associate Director in charge of resources management as well as a delegated alternate to the Executive Director when the need arises.

The Executive Director has the lead responsibility and overall obligation for the direction, organization, administration and programs of the Institute, and also has the function of reporting to the Board of Trustees, submits policy recommendation for approval on an annual basis.

institute operates on the basis of three lines of functional responsibilities:

Resources management under the Associate Director who is charged with ensuring the availability of manpower and financial resources, preparing periodic plans and reports of activities of the Institute. This stream also covers maintaining contact with donors and networking with counterpart institutions.

Training programs managed by a senior director who organizes training seminars, workshops and associated skill upgrading exercises.

Research and consultancy functions managed by a senior director who is charged with responsibility of initiating, conducting and disseminating, policy-relevant studies on security and development, collecting, analyzing and providing consultancy services.

Authorized Budget Sources

Budgetary sources determined in the Statute establishing the institute are the following:
a) Federal Government subsidy;
b) grants and donations received by the Institute;
c) service fees collected by the Institute; and
d) any other source (including revenue generating activity).


Major Activities and Tools of Execution

As an Ethiopian institution institute has continued conducting diplomatic training programs with bias towards building the knowledge base in research and human resources capacity development for Ethiopian diplomacy. Mostly, it has employed the services of diplomats and scholars versed in the field. Beneficiaries have been the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defence as well as the Ethiopian Parliament and other public and private institutions with interest in giving orientation in diplomatic practice, conflict resolution techniques and diplomatic communication, including English language proficiency, diplomatic protocol and etiquette.

institute also has developed a capacity to conduct election-related and civic education programs which it has practiced since 2005.

Awareness generation programs have been executed on the Ethiopian Constitution’s provisions on Human and Democratic Rights, International Human Rights Instruments with focus on Law Enforcement and middle and lower level public service institutions as important program activity of the institute.

institute has a regular staff of professionals with qualifications of first and second levels in law, international development disciplines, and management. The Institute has a roster of research and academic scholars to call on for the conduct of training programs in human rights, democratic governance, conflict resolution and the value of tolerance and dialogue, alliance of cultures, etc.

institute has a state-of-the art communications and information management tools, internet and e-mail network facilities to function as an internationally connected research center. It also has state-of-the-art conference and learning facilities for its training programs.

Research Resources
institute has a medium-size reference library of

» Over 1500 books in some 300 titles covering
» Ethiopian and African history,
» Selected subjects such as international law and diplomacy,
» Historical evolution of diplomacy. UN and other actors,
» Various social science disciplines that are relevant to conflict resolution mechanisms including traditional ones,
» Current conflict studies, analysis and mitigation options, recommendations, etc.,
» Development and management studies,
» Periodic/annual reports of the United Nations Development programme, the World Bank and regional centers of research,
» Exchange publications from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Inter Africa Group (IAG), Center for Policy Research and Dialogue (CPRD-a think-tank working on Horn of Africa issues), Chinese Institution of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), German Development and Democracy Advocacy Institutions,
» special interest publications on Ethiopia including: Ethiopia from Empire to Federation, Somalia (Political and Social Situation Analysis), Ethiopian Federal System (an alliance of cultures). The Nile Issue Challenges and Opportunities for Win-Win Dialogue.

Recent Activities

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Contact us

P.O.Box: 18529, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Telephone: +251 111 553 1955

Fax: +251 111 553 3398