Ethiopian Institute for Nonviolence Education and Peace Studies

Friday, 17 August 2012 22:30

Mohammed Hassen Ali

Mohammed-HassenAliDr. Mohammed Hassen Ali graduated in African history from University of London, England. He teaches History 1112: World Civilization since 1500, History 4750: Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa, History 4760: Central and Southern Africa, and History 4990: The Rise and Fall of the Apartheid System in South Africa. He also teaches two graduate seminar courses on Africa. Dr. Ali’s area of research interest is Ethiopia, with special emphasis on the history of the Oromo people of Ethiopia.

Published in Senior Fellows
Friday, 17 August 2012 04:56

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.

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“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


Published in EINEPS Blog
Sunday, 12 August 2012 19:49

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. 

Published in EINEPS Blog
Friday, 10 August 2012 01:17

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.

Published in Associate Fellows
Thursday, 09 August 2012 00:34

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.  

Published in About us
Thursday, 09 August 2012 00:27

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. 

Published in Research Fellows
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 06:54

Wole Soyinka

Wole SoyinkaProf. Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright, poet, novelist, and critic, first black African who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. Soyinka has been imprisoned several times for his criticism of the government. From the 1970s he has lived long periods in exile. Soyinka's plays range from comedy to tragedy, and from political satire to the theatre of the absurd. He has combined influences from Western traditions with African myth, legends and folklore, and such techniques as singing and drumming. His first important play, A Dance of the Forests, in the late 1950s satirizes the fledgling nation by showing that the present is no more a golden age than was the past. Soyinka sometimes writes of modern West Africa in a satirical style, but his serious intent and his belief in the evils inherent in the exercise of power are usually present in his work.

Published in Advisory Board
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 06:48

Donald Levine

Dr. Donald N. Levine is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Sociology and former dean of the College at the University of Chicago. For nearly half a century he has been devoted to Ethiopia–as a scholar, in university teaching, in providing expert assistance to various government bodies, and in community service on behalf of Ethiopians at home and abroad.  

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