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South Sudan President Salva Kiir signed a power sharing agreement with the prominent rebel leader and the inaugural Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar.

 

In the picture: Rebel leader Riek Machar, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Sudan President Omar Al-bashirudan, & South Sudan President Salva Kiir in Khartoum, Sudan, June 25, 2018/REUTERS

This is only one of the many failed peace agreements signed between the two leaders who have been fighting endless and useless wars since 2013. With this agreement the rebel leader Riek Machar is said to be reinstated as one of the five vice-presidents in the country. 

Kiir and Machar have signed at least five major peace agreements so far (in May 2014, in August 2015, in December 2017, in June 2018 & in August 2018). “Will this new peace agreement last and end the useless conflict in South Sudan” is the question of many, who have been closely following the youngest nation.

While commending the leaders for their commitment towards peaceful means, the East African Policy Research Institute calls up on the regional and the international communities to put pressure on the leaders and ensure the sustainability of this peace agreement.

The East African Policy Research Institute (EAPRI) is opening its first field office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is an effort to expand EAPRI’s presence in East Africa and to support the transitional process in Ethiopia, said Dr Andarge Taye, the Deputy Director of the Institute. The current reform and transition in Ethiopia is a unique opportunity that needs to be exploited, otherwise the institute is also planning to expand its presence to other East African countries including Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, added the Deputy Director.

The new office in Addis Ababa is expected to join policy scholars who work to provide critical information that guides policy formulation, revision and implementations, design models and frameworks for the institutional reform, inclusive dialogue, national healing and reconciliation in the country. EAPRI is also planning to host policy students and interns to help them broaden their education, research and experiences.

Ethiopians have paid a considerable price for their freedom and independence. They have registered a remarkable history for defeating external colonial forces. Ethiopians have also paid tremendous sacrifices in their fight against dictatorship and totalitarianism. The recent political reform in the country has sparked a light of hope for freedom and democracy, but it is not without challenges.

The reformists in Ethiopia are striving to bring democratic change in a country controlled by deep state and brutal dictatorship for over a century. The challenges, dilemmas, compromises and pitfalls that they face, therefore is not an easy one. A grenade attack during a solidarity rally in Addis Ababa that left civilians dead and wounded is one example of this challenge. While we condemn this outrageous attack on civilians in Addis Ababa, we also warn the Ethiopian authorities and people to exercise a maximum precaution.

We offer a heartfelt thought of comfort and deepest condolences to the grieving families and a strong solidarity to Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed. We also urge Prime Minister Dr Abiy to continue his reform agenda and the task of uniting the Ethiopian people. The battle against dictatorship will be complete only by democratizing the country, ensuring peace and stability, sustaining rapid economic growth and empowering the Ethiopian people. In this journey, activists, civil societies and independent medias play a critical role in exposing the ulterior motives of dictators and corrupt officials, by providing context specific analysis of democratic political thought, and by facilitating democratic transition in the country and thus, needs to be encouraged.

“A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again” -Maya Angelou

Sincerely,

The East African Policy Research Institute

In response to the announcement by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed to accept the terms of a peace agreement with Eritrea signed in 2000, the Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki announced that he is sending a delegation to Ethiopia for peace talks.

The East African Policy Research Institute (EAPRI) appreciates and fully supports this positive step towards dialogue for reconciliation and healing between brothers and sisters across the border longing to reconnect. We are optimist that this initiative will significantly improve peace and stability in the region.

Dialogue for justice, reconciliation, healing and peace are the only antidotes to impunity - the condition where powerful individuals and institutions act as they wish including waging useless and endless wars. Impunity surface where there is a deficit of democratic structures to ensure transparency, accountability, fairness, and impartiality. Most often war crimes, violation of human rights and repressions results from perceptions of impunity. Justice, peace, reconciliation and healing, on the other hand, flourish where democratic values prevail and constrain arbitrariness and abuse of power.

EAPRI commends the steps taken by the two nations. But we earnestly believe that only democratic transition provide lasting and sustainable solution for the complex challenges of impunity, insecurity, instability and poverty in the East African region. Hereof, our institute is collaborating with national governments, regional institutions and international communities to contribute towards sustainable democratic transition in the region.

With Regards,

The East African Policy Research Institute (EAPRI)

Friday, 02 March 2018 09:16

The Journey Begins

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter— Izaak Walton

 

The East African Policy Research Institute (EAPRI), an independent and non-profit policy think tank that aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice in the East African region is formally incorporated in the United States on the 9th of February 2018. 

 

At EAPRI, we believe in the power of critical information in creating change agents and building a stable nation and creating brighter future for its people. Hence, we earnestly seek to make a thoughtful leadership contribution in harnessing the opportunities and overcoming the challenges in the region.

 

Our institute is equipped with the necessary talent, motivation and infrastructure, to produce empirical evidence that inform policy formulation, to facilitate policy dialogue and create consensus on pressing policy matters, to strengthen capacity in policy evidence utilization and implementation and to provide consultancy, advisory and advocacy services in the region.

 

We look forward to collaborating with individuals, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the region and elsewhere in contributing our share towards democratic transition, peace and prosperity in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.