Values & Philosophy

Our Philosophy & Core Values

Guiding Philosophy

The East African region has an enormous potential for development. There is unrecognized capacity, strength and resource in the region. A meaningful and sustainable peace and development in the region, we believe, starts from recognizing these untapped potentials and engaging the people in their own affairs. Thus:

  • EAPRI capitalize on recognizing the potential in the region and creating change agents from within
  • We follow a holistic approach. We work with other partners to realize holistic transition in the region
  • We follow an empowerment approach by creating opportunities for people where they can participate in policy processes and change their own situation
  • We work in and with communities and volunteers who can advance our objectives
  • UBUNTU ­- the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity – is our guiding philosophy

Core Values

In the work we do in the region and elsewhere in the world, we observe the following core values:

  • Sensitivity to context: we value the local context and its impact on the work we do.
  • Integrity: adhering to high ethical and scientific principles and standards, basing our works on the existing art of policy research, facilitation, and consultancy.
  • Respect: recognizing, fostering and valuing differences
  • Accountability: having the courage and honesty to take responsibility for our actions
  • Transparency: the activities of our institute is for the public and thus open to the public
  • Volunteerism: contribute your goodness for humanity selflessly and benevolently
  • We strongly believe community and partnering with national, regional, and international organizations (in government, academia, development organizations, research organizations, NGOS and faith-based organization), so that together we can have a bigger impact.
  • Trust and team spirit: to have faith on and with each other, taking viewpoints positivity and constructively, to be a source of inspiration for each other, to be collaborative and optimistic, to advocate together and for each other and to bring the change that people aspire to see in their life.

Something more About Us

EAPRI aims to fill the gap between research, policy and practice not only by providing objective policy research that influence policy agenda and choices but also by strengthening capacity in policy evidence utilization and political commitment for its implementation. 

At EAPRI, we believe in the power of critical information in building a brighter future. Our focus is on the opportunities and challenges of attaining the development visions and goals of the nations of East Africa region. Currently having our East African Office located in Addis Ababa, we are collaborating with governmental and non-governmental organizations to provide evidences that influence policy in the region. In Ethiopia, we are currently working on, among others, urban social reconstruction, youth development and employment, dialogue and reconciliation, and rural development and food safety.