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You could have a million ideas; they are worthless if you don’t get them done - Lauren Amarante

Collective madness happens only under ulterior motive in Ethiopia

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 09:42 Written by
The ethnic conflict narrative in Ethiopia The Ethiopian government has been using ethnic conflict as a critical threat to grip on power for over two decades. They framed it as a peril to scare the Ethiopian people and the international community alike. Then, they presented themselves as the only savior from this looming danger. I wrote few arguments against this mantra on a conceptual and an empirical ground over the last two years. I argued ethnic conflict (if it makes any sense at all) has a very rare chance to happen in Ethiopia because of the crosscutting nature of various identities. This argument has generated controversy among handful of government supporters mainly because it goes against the dominant narrative in the country. What constitutes Ethnic conflict? A conflict between individuals or groups of individuals become an “ethnic conflict” only when the individuals (groups) in conflict expressly fight for their ethnic…

Inclusive Dialogue, National Reform & Reconciliation in Ethiopia: A Meta-Modeling Approach

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 09:28 Written by
Introduction Ethiopia has suffered a structural as well as human identity crises for over a century. The Ethiopian political structure has been in a dilemma of being an empire, nation state, multinational state and even a complex chiefdom. Similarly, Ethiopian identity (Ethiopiawinet) has suffered from a crisis of being a citizenship or a nationality, as the result of which the question of nationalities has remained unanswered question in the country. Many Ethiopians have sacrificed their life to resolve these dilemmas while not few choose to remain in denial. Finally, it seems that Ethiopia is ready to accept “what it is” and to communicate that to the world through a plain language. National dialogue, consensus & reconciliation are key to open Ethiopia to itself and to the world equally. Inclusive national dialogue Inclusive dialogue, in politics, is a genuine representation and contribution of diverse stakeholder to ensure that a wide cross-section…

The danger of ethnic consciousness and tribal division for democracy in Africa

Friday, 11 May 2018 19:24 Written by
Democratic transition in Africa has always been under the spotlight. However, the vision of ensuring democratic transition in the continent has been challenged by dictators and lately by the growing tribal politics. Today, ethnic consciousness and tribal division makes a huge wound of many African societies, some more than others. Tribalism comprises divisions, mount conflicts, atrophies economies and fuel instability. On one hand, some argue that tribalism which resulted from arbitrary colonial boundaries is the bottleneck of democracy in Africa. On the other, however, uncolonized countries like Ethiopia and countries with homogeneous ethnic group like Somalia are also suffering from lack of democracy. In Kenya, when Kenyans cast their ballots to pick the president, ethnicity and tribal division played a divisive role. Kenyan politics have been characterized by ethnic tensions since independence in 1963. But it was not until 2007 that the demons of tribalism really flared up after the…

In Ethiopia, revolution is a policy of making a new policy

Friday, 11 May 2018 16:56 Written by
Ethiopia is a no easy change country The history of change in Ethiopia is the history of violence and bloodshed. Even peaceful protests that demand small policy change have been quarreled by merciless measures. Ethiopian rulers have difficulty making easy and smooth changes. Some argue it is the result of how Ethiopian were socialized to the concept of change while others say it is the result of having long lived oppressive political system in the country. In general, uprooting the existing and replacing with its opposite is deep rooted in Ethiopian culture. Compromising, maintaining the good and changing the bad on the other hand is uncommon. Incremental policy change has little to no space in Ethiopian policy-making. Revolution on the other hand is considered a policy of making a new policy. Ethiopian dictators have used revolution as an opportunity to destabilize the existing systems, to justify their achievements and excessively…

The Journey Begins

Friday, 02 March 2018 09:16 Written by
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…
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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.