Dialogue for Reconciliation, Healing, Peace and Stability in East Africa

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)

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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.