EINEPS https://eineps.org Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:49:45 +0000 en-gb Alem Hailu https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/our-people/senior-fellows/item/52-alem-hailu https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/our-people/senior-fellows/item/52-alem-hailu

AlemHailuDr. Alem Hailu is an associate professor and lecturer at Howard University. He received his undergraduate education at Addis Ababa University and his graduate studies at Syracuse University where he obtained a Ph.D. in social science, a Master's of Art degree in social science and a Master's of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He has worked in various academic, public and non-governmental institutions. Dr. Hailu carried out initiatives for peace, democracy, good governance and development in Africa. He developed collaborative partnership projects among non-governmental institutions as well as governmental and international organizations. He has aspired to combine the theories of conflict resolution with the practicalities of implementing them by engaging grassroots groups in addressing community problems.

In Howard Universityhe has been involved in teaching, research and community service. His research interests include globalization, democratization, governance, culture and development, the sociopolitical dimensions of interstate wars and the political economy of ethnic conflicts.

Dr. Hailu's education and work is informed by the perceived need for developing new approaches to confronting the changing realities of war, terrorism, peace and development within the framework of formulating global responses to the increasingly interconnected world. His areas of specialization include the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes Region and the Central and Western nations of the continent. He has spoken at and assisted in organizing international conferences on Islamic fundamentalism, ethnic nationalism, political violence, terrorism and conflict that brought together high level public officials, civic leaders and scholars from academia. He is widely published on a variety of areas ranging from African politics, culture and economy to social change and global transformations. His policy studies focusing on the challenges African nations face in the global village attempt to show the crossroads of war and destruction in the context of the interconnections of mutual security unfolding between nations. Africa in the post cold war era succumbed to the tragedies of ethnic wars, state failures and terrorism. With the integration of the global trade and advances in technology, communication and transport, threats are no longer limited to remote areas. Cognizant of the reality that scholars, policy makers and citizens must be engaged in preventing and resolving such conflicts.

A strong believer in collaborative work between the academic, governmental and public/private institutions of learning and public policy, Dr. Hailu has participated in research and policy studies addressing important challenges of the 21st century.His participation in the IABS3-led interdisciplinary research project addressing the problems of war, population displacement and terrorism faced by nations in many different parts of Africa is an example of his continued interest and involvement in complex global issues.

ewondimu@gmail.com (EINEPS) Senior Fellows Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:56:27 +0000
የዳግማዊ ምኒልክ የመጨረሻ ዓዋጅ https://eineps.org/index.php/eineps-blog/item/51-የዳግማዊ-ምኒልክ-የመጨረሻ-ዓዋጅ https://eineps.org/index.php/eineps-blog/item/51-የዳግማዊ-ምኒልክ-የመጨረሻ-ዓዋጅ የዳግማዊ ምኒልክ የመጨረሻ ዓዋጅ

“አንዱ ባንዱ ምቀኝነት ይቅር። እኔ እስካሁን በፍቅር እንዳኖርዃችሁ: እናንተም ተስማምታችሁ በፍቅር እንድትኖሩ እለምናችኋለሁ። እናንተ አንድ ልብ ከሆናችሁ በምቀኝነት እርስ በርሳችሁ ተዋግታችሁ ካላለቃችሁ በቀር ኢትዮጲያን ለባዕድ አትሰጧትም። ክፉ ነገር አገራችንን አያገኛትም። ነፋስ እንዳይገባባችሁ አገራችሁን በያላችሁበት ጠብቁ። ወንድሜ ወንድሜም ተባባሉ።”

ዳግማዊ ዐፄ ምኒልክ፡ ንጉሠ ነገሥት ዘኢትዮጵያ (የመጨረሻ ዓዋጅ)

"I have no intention at all of being an indifferent spectator, if the distant Powers hold the idea of dividing up Africa, Ethiopia having been for the past fourteen centuries, an island of Christianity in a sea of pagans..." 

—Menelik II, in a letter to Queen Victoria

"Enemies have now come upon us to ruin our country and to change our religion. Our enemies have begun the affair by advancing and digging into the country like moles. With the help of God I will not deliver my country to them. Today, you who are strong, give me your strength, and you who are weak, help me by prayer." 

—Menelik II, Mobilization Proclamation


ewondimu@gmail.com (EINEPS) EINEPS Blog Mon, 13 Aug 2012 05:17:13 +0000
A Gift to the Next Generation https://eineps.org/index.php/eineps-blog/item/49-a-gift-to-the-next-generation https://eineps.org/index.php/eineps-blog/item/49-a-gift-to-the-next-generation A Gift to the Next Generation

It is believed, now more than ever, Ethiopians at home need to actively engage in nonviolent means of political participation to affect positive change in the country’s political landscape. As of recent, what has been debilitating is the way our political process have evolved. Indeed a new level of thinking is needed.

It was the reverend Dr. Martin Luther King that said, “let us not try to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness in history”. Adding to it “We must not let our creative militancy to degenerate into physical violence… we must fight physical force with soul force”. Thus was how the emancipation of African Americans was achieved; only 40 years ago in the world’s mightiest nation. Albert Einstein also observed, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them". Hence we need a new level, a profound level of thinking - a political paradigm based on the principles that accurately describe the territory of effective human interaction.

The nonviolent education and peace studies is therefore timely because what we seem to evidently lack in the Ethiopian political landscape today is “effective human interaction”. 

As Emperor Haile Selassie correctly articulated “[t]hroughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” So, EINEPS pledges to fight evil and work towards a peaceful and harmonious Ethiopia. 

ewondimu@gmail.com (EINEPS) EINEPS Blog Sun, 12 Aug 2012 19:49:58 +0000
ኃያል ኃይል Hayal Hayl (A Force More Powerful) https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/vision-and-mission/item/48-ኃያል-ኃይል-hayal-hayl-a-force-more-powerful https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/vision-and-mission/item/48-ኃያል-ኃይል-hayal-hayl-a-force-more-powerful ]]> ewondimu@gmail.com (EINEPS) Projects Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:20:05 +0000 Wondwossen Mezlekia https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/our-people/associate-fellows/item/47-wondwossen-mezlekia https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/our-people/associate-fellows/item/47-wondwossen-mezlekia

Wondwossen-MWondwossen Mezlekia has a background in Agricultural Economics and experiences as a researcher and Marketing Head for Ethiopia's largest producer and exporter of fruits and vegetables. He is currently an active board member for Fair Trade Puget Sound (FTPS) and volunteers for many other initiatives aimed against poverty.

He chaired the Justice System Reform program in Ethiopia that was funded by the World Bank as well as acting as a Legal Advisor to one of the State Governors in Ethiopia and trainer of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He served in various national committees, drafting many State Government contracts. Currently, he also serves as a volunteer in Legal Services of Northern Virginia to give free service for low-income families.

ewondimu@gmail.com (EINEPS) Associate Fellows Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:17:28 +0000
About Us https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/about-us https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/about-us

The Ethiopian Institute for Nonviolence Education and Peace Studies (EINEPS) was established in the aftermath of the 2005 post-election violence to provide an alternative direction in Ethiopia’s three decade long dysfunctional political engagement.  Our goal is to introduce strategic nonviolent action in the absence of a national strategy that embraces Ethiopia as a whole. EINEPS is the first national institution to address this urgent need across ethno-national, regional as well as religious groups. Given the early stage of this effort, it is a primary goal of EINEPS to establish a strong institutional foundation on which to build our programs.

EINEPS works to build a world of mutual understanding among the Ethiopian people, in which nonviolent processes are used to reconcile conflicts, build community and bring about democratic governance. We seek to study and apply approaches that will foster more harmonious relationships at every level in our society.

Thus the mission of EINEPS is: to heal, empower and revitalize lives and communities through the practice of nonviolence as a way of life; to create a sustainable society that honors the dignity and worth of every human being through education, inspiration, and cooperative action; to establish that each person can change the future of our country in the direction of peace through their daily nonviolent choice and action.  

EINEPS will accomplish this mission by providing educational and research opportunities, and leadership development via in-person-training and distance education, and help facilitate such programs throughout Ethiopia and in the Diaspora. We will collaborate and partner with other organizations doing peace-building and nonviolent action work locally, nationwide, and globally.

Our vision is a nation of justice, peace, and freedom, which is free from war, tyranny, poverty and environmental degradation. It is a revolutionary vision of a beloved community where differences are respected, conflicts are addressed nonviolently, oppressive structures are dismantled, and where people live in harmony with each other and the earth, nurtured by our common experiences that foster compassion, solidarity, and reconciliation.

And, our objectives are to build a culture of nonviolence and peace through education, research, advocacy and institutional transformation; and to establish nonviolence as a way of life for the individual, a strategy for a social change, and a foundation for a culture of peace in Ethiopia and its citizens around the world.

So far, EINEPS has conducted trainings, workshops, and seminars on nonviolence direct action; produced the Citizens’ Charter for a Democratic Ethiopia, which is intended as a manifesto of Ethiopian democracy based on the free citizen, a multinational state, and self-governing communities; and translated A Force More Powerful documentary film and other documents and currently, we are in the initial phase of production for mass distribution.  

ewondimu@gmail.com (EINEPS) About us Thu, 09 Aug 2012 00:34:23 +0000
Sza Sza Zelleke https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/our-people/research-fellows/item/45-sza-sza-zelleke https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/our-people/research-fellows/item/45-sza-sza-zelleke

defaultPhotoSza Sza Zelleke is Company Director of a PVO dedicated to providing information and research support to organizations focusing on issues that affect Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities as well organizations working with Refugee and Asylum Seekers in the United Kingdom.  Prior to this, Ms. Zelleke has worked as an Information Officer, Head of Documentation Unit, Research/ Reports Officer for the United Nations working in high-risk, conflict and post conflict areas on emergency projects for displaced and vulnerable people in Somalia, Kenya, Southern Sudan, and Ethiopia. 

Ms. Zelleke received her early education in Nigeria, Uganda, Congo and Ethiopia. She then attended boarding school in the UK following the Ethiopian Revolution when her family was forced into exile. Ms. Zelleke has also worked as Resource Centre Manager for the UK Overseas Development Institute’s pioneering project in Malawi, the ODI-ALNAP Learning Support Office for Malawi. Other jobs in the Southern Africa region include humanitarian work among urban poor in Katatura, Namibia and Harare, Zimbabwe.

ewondimu@gmail.com (EINEPS) Research Fellows Thu, 09 Aug 2012 00:27:55 +0000
Our Heroes are those who work for Peace https://eineps.org/index.php/eineps-blog/item/11-our-heroes-are-those-who-work-for-peace https://eineps.org/index.php/eineps-blog/item/11-our-heroes-are-those-who-work-for-peace Our Heroes are those who work for Peace

Hayal Hayl  is originally an Emmy nominated English feature-length documentary film known as A Force More Powerful; this film won several awards, it screened at film festivals worldwide and aired as a special TV series nationally on PBS. For the first time a translation of the film is complete in the Amharic language to the Ethiopia people.

Hayal Hayl explores the success of six nonviolent movements throughout the world, illustrating the most common misconception about conflict; violence is not the prevailing power. Behind the scenes of making this film was a combination of vigor and tenacity, from the editors, narrator, voice actors, producer, and translator working on this project without ever being paid.

After witnessing enough violence themselves, the journalists, artists, scholars and activists participating in the completion of this film believed that Hayal Hayl would be a great way to contribute to a better Ethiopia by showing peaceful engagements as a way to have a voice within Ethiopian politics. We would like to acknowledge and thank each person who worked on bringing this film to Ethiopians and showcasing an important aspect of resistance-peace.

This film was able to first come alive in Amharic with the translation made by Mindayie Rasselass. Elias Wondimu, Dr. Alemayehu Abebe, Frehiwot Samuel, Mesfin Yimam and Kifle Mulat worked diligently to polish the translated script. We also acknowledge Tekle Yewhala, from DW (German Radio Amharic Service) the narrator who lent a special voice to this piece. Finally the film would not be a success without the Amharic voice actors who we would like to equally acknowledge in no particular order : Tekele Desta, Alemtsehai Wedajo, Alemayehu Gebre-Hiwot, Girma Degefa, Wendwossen Kebede, Tisgist Nigatu, Abebe Feleke and Konjit Taye. Everyone who participated in this film, embodies a zest for creating work which contributes to a better Ethiopia and Hayal Hayl is an important part of history and will be an example in Ethiopia for generations to come.  

ewondimu@gmail.com (EINEPS) EINEPS Blog Wed, 16 May 2012 04:37:49 +0000
Panayoti Telahun https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/our-people/research-fellows/item/9-panayoti-telahun https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/our-people/research-fellows/item/9-panayoti-telahun

YotiPanayoti Telahun (BA Cumberland College, MA California State University Long Beach, MS Alliant International University, Doctoral Candidate Alliant International University) is an adjunct faculty of psychology at Cascadia and Edmonds Community Colleges, and an independent Organizational Development consultant in the areas of project management, and Organizational Change and Transition Management.

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ewondimu@gmail.com (EINEPS) Research Fellows Mon, 14 May 2012 02:30:59 +0000
Shimelis Bonsa https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/our-people/associate-fellows/item/8-shimelis-bonsa https://eineps.org/index.php/about-us/our-people/associate-fellows/item/8-shimelis-bonsa

ShimelisBonsaShimelis Bonsa has a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a lecturer in Ethiopian and African history in the History Department of Addis Ababa University (1990-2003). He has been working on issues of migration, urbanization, urban ethnicity, urban economy, gender, and democracy and the media. His research interest also includes the study of urban culture, ethnicity and nationalism, and transnational identities. He has participated in international conferences, published number of articles and a monograph on the Private Media. He is also a member of professional associations.

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ewondimu@gmail.com (EINEPS) Associate Fellows Mon, 14 May 2012 02:28:55 +0000