Exploring the Vital Link Between Business and Peace: Initiative Africa and Addis Ababa University Host Dynamic Panel Discussion

On February 22, Initiative Africa, in collaboration with Addis Ababa University, hosted a panel discussion on the critical link between business and peace. This event, a part of the Business for Peace project, aimed to explore the role of commerce in fostering peace. Dr. Yohannes Adigeh initiated the discussion with a welcoming address, followed by presentations from esteemed speakers Dr. Tilahun Bejitual, Dr. Desalegn Amsalu, and Ato Mesfin Messela.

Under the skilled moderation of Dr. Samuel Tefera, the discussion unfolded seamlessly, with each speaker offering nuanced perspectives and practical insights. From exploring how businesses can foster stability within communities to examining the role of economic development in conflict resolution, the dialogue was rich and diverse. Attendees were actively engaged, with a robust question and answer session allowing for further exploration of key themes and ideas.

During the panel discussion, the historical connection between business and peace in Ethiopia was highlighted. The panel emphasized how previous trades and exchanges have shown the pivotal role of the private sector in fostering peace and security. Business activities have not only contributed to economic development but also played a significant role in promoting stability and social cohesion. The discussion highlighted the interdependence between business interests and peace outcomes, emphasizing that a conducive environment for business operations is essential for maintaining peace, while peace, in turn, creates favorable conditions for business growth and investment. Furthermore, panelists stressed the importance of a collaborative approach among the private sector, government, and civil society in promoting peace and security. They emphasized the need for dialogue, cooperation, and partnership to address underlying causes of conflict and build sustainable peace.

The closing remarks were delivered by Dr. Adigeh and a representative from Initiative Africa. They underscored the significance of the discussions held and reiterated the commitment of both organizations to advancing peace through collaborative efforts and knowledge-sharing. This event serves as a testament to the potential for businesses to play a constructive role in promoting societal stability and sustainable development.

Initiative Africa and Ministry of Peace Collaborate to Empower Youth

In partnership with the Ministry of Peace and with funding from the British Council, Initiative Africa recently concluded a transformative training program from February 1st to 5th, 2024. The program, part of the ongoing “Strengthening Ethiopia National Voluntary Youth Service Programme,” focused on enhancing the capacity of facilitators and coordinators.

Over the five-day training, participants engaged in comprehensive sessions aimed at equipping them with the latest tools and techniques to drive impactful change within their communities. Through interactive workshops and skill-building exercises, facilitators gained valuable insights into innovative approaches to equip youth development and community building.

The collaboration between Initiative Africa and the Ministry of Peace reflects a broader commitment to promoting peace, inclusivity, and sustainable development within Ethiopian society. By investing in the capacity-building of youth service facilitators and coordinators, the initiative aims to create positive change, contributing to a more peaceful and prosperous Ethiopia.

Looking ahead, Initiative Africa seeks to further strengthen its partnerships to continue making meaningful strides in youth empowerment and community development in Ethiopia.

የብሔራዊ የበጎ ፈቃድ አገልግሎት – ሀገራዊ አንድነትን ለማጎልበት

በብሔራዊ የበጎ ፈቃድ ማህበረሰብ አገልግሎት ፕሮግራም ላይ እየተሳተፉ ላሉ አካላት የ4 ቀናት ስልጠና በአዳማ ድሬ ሆቴል መሰብሰቢያ አዳራሽ ተካሄደ፡፡

ስልጠናው በብሔራዊ ፈቃድ ማህበረሰብ አገልግሎት የተሻሻሉ ሞጅሎች/ኮርሶች ላይ የረዳት አመቻቾችና አስተባባሪዎችን አቅም ማሳደግ ላይ ያተኮረ ሲሆን ከስልጠናው አዲስ አበባ እና ድሬደዋ አስተዳደርን ጨምሮ ከ12 ክልሎች የተውጣጡ 114 ሰልጣኞችን በሁለት ቦታ በመክፈል ነው፡፡

መርሃ ግብሩ የተነደፈው ሀገራዊ አንድነትን ለማጎልበት፣ ሰላማዊ አብሮ መኖርን፣ ማህበራዊ ትስስርና ዘላቂ ሰላምን ለማስፈን እንዲሁም ወጣቶችን በቁርጠኝነት፣ በተወዳዳሪነትና በስራ ፈጣሪነት አቅማቸውን በማጎልበት በኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊና ኢኮኖሚያዊ እድገት የበኩላቸውን አስተዋጽኦ ለማበርከት መሆኑን በእለቱ ተነግሯል፡፡

ፕሮግራሙ ለሰልጣኞች በምክንያታዊነት ማሰብና መኖር እንዲችሉ እንዲሁም የበጎ ፈቃድ የማህበረሰብ አገልግሎት ተግባራት ውስጥ ሲሰማሩ ችግር መፍታትና የማሰብ፣ ራስን የማወቅና የግንኙነት ክህሎቶቻቸውን በማሳደግ በሀገረ መንግስት ግንባታ ያላቸውን ሚና እውቀትና ክህሎቶቻቸውን በመገንባት ላይ ዙሪያ ባጠነጠኑ ጉዳዮች ላይ ስልጠና ተሰጥቷል፡፡

ስልጠናውን በንግግር የዘጉት በኢፊድሪ በሰላም ሚኒስቴር የብሔራዊ ፈቃድና ማህበረሰብ አገልግሎት የክትትልና ድጋፍ ዳይሬክተር የሆኑት አቶ ተስፋዬ ሙለታ ሲሆኑ እሳቸውም ሰልጣኞች ወደ የአካባቢያቸው ሲመለሱ ያገኙትን እውቀት ለራሳቸው ብቻ ሳይሆን  ብዙ ወጣቶችን በማስተባበርና በማፍራት አሰልጥኖ ማብቃት ላይ ያተኮረ ተግባር ማከናወን እንደሚገባቸው አስገንዝበዋል፡፡

ስለስልጠናው አጠቃላይ ሁኔታ የአንዳንድ ሰልጣኞችን አስተያየት ለመቃኘት ሞክረናል፡፡ በቅድሚያ ወጣት ካህመር ታዬን አስተያየት ነበር የተቀበልነው፡፡ ወጣቱ የመጣው ከሲዳማ ክልል ይርጋለም ዞን ሲሆን እሱም “ስልጠናው ካለንበት ነባራዊ ሁኔታ አንፃር መነቃቃትን ፈጥሮልናል” ብሏል፡፡ ሌላው አስተያት ሰጪ ወ/ሪት ደበሌ አያና ትባላለች፡፡ የባሌ ሮቤ ዞን ሰላም አስተባባሪ ስትሆን “በዚህ ስልጠና ስሳተፍ የመጀመሪያ ጊዜዬ ነው፡፡ ስልጠናው ጊዜ አጭር ቢሆንም በስልጠናው ብዙ እውቀት አግኝቼበታለሁ፡፡ ከነበረኝ አስተሳሰብ ከፍ እንድል አድርጎልኛል፡፡ ይህ ስልጠና ጊዜ ተሰጥቶት ተከታታይነት ባለው መልኩ ቢደረግ ይመረጣል” ስትል ገልፃለች፡፡

ወርቅነህ መራ የተባለው የጎንደር ሰላም አስተባባሪ ደግሞ ስልጠናውን ስሳተፍ የመጀመሪያ ጊዜዬ ቢሆንም “በዚህ ስልጠና ከተለያዩ የአገራችን ክልሎች የመጡ ወጣቶችን በአንድ ጠረጴዛ ዙሪያ ያሳተፈ በመሆኑ እርስ በእርስ እንድንነጋገር ባለው ወቅታዊ ሁኔታ የጋራ ሀሳብ እንድንይዝ አድርጎናል፡፡ ስልጠናውም አሁን ካለን አስተሳሰብ አሻግረን እንድናይ ያስቻለን ነው” ሲል ተናግሯል፡፡

ይህ ስልጠና የተካሄደው ኢኒሺየቲቭ አፍሪካ ከኢፌድሪ ሰላም ሚኒስቴር እና ብሪትሽ ካውንስል ጋር በመተባበር መሆኑ ታውቋል፡፡