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.

Experiences in Project Execution

Activities of the Institute have in large part focused on the following:-

1. Diplomatic Training;
2. Civic and voter education in collaboration with a consortium of civil society Entities
3. Program of Capacity Building for Journalists;
4. Support to advocacy of federalism and democracy in collaboration with a civil society;
5. Seminars as collaborative program with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), an African NGO;
6. Networking with Alliance of Civilizations to propagate Opportunities of Diversity;
7. Establishing cooperation with Africa Program of the Committee on American Foreign Policy.


Diplomatic Training

Diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and military attachés of the Ministry of Defence got basic diplomatic training in the Institute at different time. Trainers/resource persons are usually selected from a roster of experts maintained by the institute. Most of the trainers are practicing diplomats with teaching experience, academics in the fields of international affairs, diplomatic studies, global development researchers, development policy makers and decision makers, specialists in international law, specialists in economic diplomacy, experts in the teaching of diplomatic communication and procedures of diplomatic protocol norms and practices.

» Areas covered in diplomatic training:
» History and Evolution of International Relations
» Concepts and Evolution of Diplomacy
» International Law
» The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
» Bilateral and Multilateral Diplomacy
» International, Regional Organizations
» Non-State Actors in International Relations
» Globalization and Economic Diplomacy
» Conflict Resolution and Conflict Management Instruments, Methodology and Skills.
» Negotiation Skills
» Public Diplomacy
» Diplomatic Communications Procedures
» Norms, Rules, Procedures of Protocol in Diplomatic Practice.


Civic and Voter Education

Civic and voter education was a running program of the institute since the 2005 Ethiopian Election. It has been a collaborative program in which 15 civil society groups had cooperated with the institute in designing and running the program by designating target groups and communities among the members of the network. The program was managed by United Kingdom based consultants known as “Election Reform International Service”.

The same consortium continued the training as a network with funding from Norway and Sweden.

In its share of the program, the institute reached communities, professional associations, youth and women’s associations, grass-roots level of employees in the public sector in informal 220 learning meetings in which the total outreach was 40,000 participation (25,000 female, 15,000 male).

Themes covered in the training meetings were:-
» Concepts of Democracy
» Indicators of Democratic Governance
» International Human Rights Instruments and how they are incorporated in the Ethiopian Constitution
» Participatory Politics, Elections, the Imperative of Voting and Gender Equality in Governance.
Capacity Building Program for Journalists

As a contribution to enhancing the role of independent press in democratic development, the institute has initiated a program which emphasizes the central importance of professional competence and responsibility to build a vibrant press in Ethiopia. Clarity on the mission to serve the public interest through independent and responsible professionalism is the way to make the role of the press a strong promoter of democracy, good governance and social progress.

The institute drew up the program in cooperation with the Ethiopian Journalists Association. The funding partner was the German Foundation, FES, (Friedrich- Ebert- Stiftung) for promoting democracy.

The program brought together practitioners from the federal state media, the private press, communications agents in professional organizations and the regional state administrations. In all, 80 journalists took part in two one-week seminars with the aim of developing self-governing rules or code and establishing an independent Media Council that overseas the application of the Code as well as looking after the interests of the men and women who are engaged in serving the public good as independent professionals.

A consultant in the field from South Africa addressed the workshops/ seminars on experiences in the region in the working of independent press in the more advanced southern African region.

Subjects covered in the workshops were:

» Journalism in Ethiopia: Mission and Independence.
» Negative and Positive Indicators of the Media in Ethiopia: Issues of Editorial Principles, Professional Competence and Editorial Policy.
» The Importance of Self-Regulation in the Media: Experiences in Southern Africa.
» Ethiopian Experiences in Self-Regulation.
» Gender Mainstreaming in Media Work.
» The Essence of a Self-Regulating Code in Ethiopian Journalists Association.
» The Need for Creating a Media Council.
» Experience of the Ethiopian Journalists Association.

In the process, the broad outlines of a Self-Regulating Code of Conduct for Ethiopian Media, together with Terms of Reference for a Media Council were drawn up. Stakeholders in the functions of the Media in Ethiopia, including civil societies, adopted the Code and composition of the Media Council.


Support to Forum for Federalism and Democracy

This entity is an advocacy civil society which has been in the process of developing programs on generating awareness of the value of federal dispensation, its relevance to democratic development, its relevance to the Ethiopian context of cultural diversity and its role in promoting unity.

institute has been facilitating meetings, providing logistical support as well as advice for the Forum to conduct programs.
Networking With Other Institutions

institute has in recent months worked on articulating procedures of cooperating with institutions with focus of activities that are in harmony with its interest and objectives. Initiatives in this regard consist of the following.

institute formalized its relation, and executed a program, with Institute for Security Studies (ISS), a South Africa based think-tank which also operates out of Addis Ababa. The institute and ISS have jointly organized two public dialogue seminars on Climate Change.

Before COP 15, the world summit of climate was held, authoritative and knowledgeable personalities discussed what was expected of the summit. At the second seminar, the promises outlined in COP 15 were evaluated from the perspective of African interests as the most affected and most vulnerable continent.

institute and ISS have begun working on creating an African Peace Academy (APC), to be followed by a second project on the establishment of an African Diplomatic Academy (ADA).

Contact has been established with the Africa Program of the Committee on American Foreign Policy. institute has finalized its proposal on the modalities of cooperation with the Program in areas in which the institute presents itself as a principal stakeholder and owner of the issues that merit attention with regard to the security situation in the Horn of Africa as well as African questions in which Ethiopia has a central role.

Contact has been made with the Alliance of Civilizations. This movement is an antithesis of the concept of “Clash of Civilization” and advocates for celebrating cultural diversity based on beliefs and diversity of viewpoints, promotes widespread awareness with the aim of challenging biased attitudes, stereotyping and manifestations of marginalizing and neglecting minorities, disadvantaged communities wherever they occur. The high representative of the UN Secretary General on the Movement visited the institute at which time agreement was reached to formally accept the institute as a member of the Movement. The high representative was given briefings on the Ethiopian Federal System. Understanding was reached on taking the Ethiopian system as a model of celebrating diversity and equal consideration of cultural, linguistic, faith and interest diversity as opportunities to promote peace, harmony and understanding among peoples in future programs of the Movement.


Programs and Projects

institute intends to draw up programs of research, dissemination and policy discussions clustered under:-

» Thematic issues, such as the intelligentsia in general, with focus on Ethiopia, brain drain, Democracy, federalism and the provisions of the Ethiopian Constitution, fundamentalism and tolerance, regional peace, stability and harmony;

»  International Issues such as climate change, multilateral diplomacy, globalization, establishment of and African pace and Diplomatic Academy, Peace building and development partnership with regional groups and strong economies,

»  Horn of Africa and the Middle East with focus on the region’s politics of harmony and conflicts, internal causes of tensions, actual and potential factors of sub regional peace, IGAD’s activities; conflict early warning systems, cross-border resources (e.g. The Nile and other rivers) and traditional practices as factors of conflict or dynamics of positive relationships.

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Contact us

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Telephone: +251 111 553 1955

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