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Inter Africa Group (IAG) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan regional organization based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia working, in particular, in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Formally established in 1991, it is the region’s only indigenous entity with mission and means of advancing humanitarian principles, peace and development across Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa through a multi-sectoral approach that combines research, dialogue, public education, and networking.

Our mandate includes the countries of the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), namely Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti, while also dealing with issues that have wider relevance on the continent, particularly in the Great Lakes region. IAG cooperates and dialogues with a range of NGOs, governmental and inter-governmental organizations, bi-lateral and multilateral institutions.

IAG has a two-pronged program aimed towards affecting positive policy outcomes and socio-economic development in the Horn of Africa. The regional program mainly undertakes research and facilitates forums to discuss a broad range of issues that commonly affect countries in the Horn of Africa, from peace and security to constitutionalism and the sharing and management of scarce resources such as water. In a similar vein, the Ethiopia program utilizes research and dialogue between key political actors, academicians and other segments of society such as youth, focusing on pressing domestic socio-economic issues.

AIMS and PRINCIPLES

InterAfrica Group's basic aim, is to support and facilitate the efforts of the peoples of the Horn of Africa in their search for solutions to their most pressing problems, specifically:

  • To serve as a forum for debate and reflection on researched issues of peace, and development in the region.To search for nonviolent, just and lasting solutions to conflicts in the Horn.To promote public awareness of human rights, constitutional rights and international humanitarian law.To enhance the capacity of civic institutions in the countries of the region through research, consultation and networking. To assist in the development of locally rooted contributions to international debates on development, economic policy, humanitarianism and conflict resolution.
  • To publish and disseminate information and local opinion on key issues in the region to influence policy execution and development based on researched evidence.
 ACTIVITIES PLANNED for 2010

During this year, IAG plans to sustain its core activities that foster dialog and understanding of socio-economic dynamics in Ethiopia. At the same, time, we plan to expand and diversify our programs so as to have a more substantial impact by addressing specific socio-economic issues and assessing them at regional levels in addition to examining the national perspective. Planned activities for 2010 include:

Public Policy Forum

  • Two Economic Symposiums will be held in Addis Ababa on, Food Security and Poverty and Higher Education in EthiopiaEach symposium will be complemented by a detailed analysis of the issue in the form of a research report undertaken by an experienced researcher/analyst.

Parliamentary Internship Program

  • 32 students from Addis Ababa University will undertake internships working with various Standing Committees in the Federal House of Representatives12 students from Hawassa University will undertake internships working with various Standing Committees in the SNNP Regional Council. 8 students from Mekele University will undertake internships working with various Standing Committees in the Tigray Regional Council.
  • 8 students from Bahir Dar University will undertake internships working various Standing Committees in the Amhara Regional Council.

Public Opinion Survey

  • Given the availability of funding, it is intended to conduct public opinion surveys focused on regional socio-economic issues as a follow-up to the baseline survey on socio-economic issues from 2009.

Inter Generational Dialog Forums

  • Three inter-generational dialogue forums will be held in 2010, on a quarterly basis. Two of the forums were held earlier this year with veterans in the field of Nursing and Public Administration sharing their insights.

Youth and Cultural Exchange Program 

  • A domestic tour will be organized for around 56 youth drawn from each region including Addis Ababa and Dire-Dawa. The project will also produce a documentary film on the tour
 
 
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