Training / Seminar



Policy suggestions for African Countries to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative

Salient Issues in the Seminar

Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies Institute (EFRSI) and Embassy of China in Ethiopia jointly
organized half day seminar entitled Policy suggestions for African Countries to participate in the Belt and
Road Initiative at Hilton hotel on July, 2018.



Conference highlights increasing desire to renew friendship between Ethiopian, Eritrean people

The respective participants from both nationals also expressed their readiness and desire to further strengthen people to people relation of both countries. Solomon Afewerki, 60, an Ethiopian born Eritrean national, grew in the border town of Badme located between Ethiopia and Eritrea.



Ethiopia's Foreign Policy towards Kenya, Somalia & Uganda

Pillars of Foreign Policy



Fostering Interaction of People of Ethiopian Eritrean Divide

Young scholars and spokespersons of popular associations held a conference on 6 April 2013 to underscore the embarrassing anomaly of 15 years of separation caused by the conflict between the Eritrean and Ethiopian states. First of its kind, the conference was organized by the Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies Institute (Institute) and was held at Addis Ababa Hilton, 



Combating Corruption by Continuing Campaign of Sensitization

Corruption is the abuse of entrusted authority for private gain. It hurts all who depend on the integrity of people in position of authority. This definition is taken from Transparency International, which is a non-governmental organization that monitors and publicizes corporate and political corruption in international development. It clearly captures the essence of a problem that has to be comprehended in full, and at the same time examined in all its dimensions as it is within the realm of human activity.



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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