Who are we?
Initiative Africa (IA) has been working with national and international partners across Ethiopia on various development, peace, and civic projects. In line with the priorities of the government, IA has increasingly been trying to use capacity development approaches that foster resilience in government and society – resilience to crises in livelihood, good governance, gender, and peace.
What We Do
To mobilize the business community to engage in peacebuilding and conflict resolution actions and activities.
Through corporate social responsibility to maintain support for effective peacebuilding and inclusive coordination amongst Government, private sector, media actors, and civil society.
To respond to concrete challenges and opportunities to build a peaceful and just Ethiopia through civic education, training, internship, and apprenticeship activities.
Peace building & good governance
Objectives provide the parameters within which IA may use the funding from this project to build on priority initiatives for peacebuilding and good governance. The project is to be implemented over 24 months, using the project delivery and management structures of IA.
The main goal of this project is:
Women in Business
The role of business women in peace building
IA has secured a grant from SIDA (Swedish Embassy) to support peacebuilding and good governance initiatives in various sites. The overall goal of the project is to persuade businesses to participate in peacebuilding and good governance in Ethiopia. In addition, the project aims to bridge the gap between civics and peace-building activities especially involving the private sector.
Through the support from SIDA Initiative Africa(IA) is working on a project called “Business for Peace” to make the private sector aware of its role in the peace-building process and enable it to fulfill its role in an appropriate way. Believing that the work of one institution alone is useless to achieve this kind of national issue, IA is working in cooperation with business sector associations, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations in the country and abroad. It is usually considered that only the role of the government and some civil society organizations is given special attention in the process of peace-building in Ethiopia. This habit does not show the role of the business sector and the majority of the business community is not able to fulfill its social responsibilities. This challenge is more stands out for female private-sector actors.
In light of that Initiative Africa (IA) is working towards mobilizing the business community to actively participate in the process of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, using corporate social responsibility to enable effective peacebuilding and participatory collaboration among government, private sector, media actors and civil society as well as creating opportunities to see a peaceful and just Ethiopia by responding appropriately to real challenges and using civic lessons, training and work practices.
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For the private sector
As part of contributing to the new launched National dialogue initiative in Ethiopia, IA is partnering with Oxfam International and Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organizations (CEHRO) to build a consortium that will create awareness about national dialogue to key stakeholders. | Page5 On Dec 7th, 2021, IA Executive Director and Project Manager met with Oxfam International Director and Program Director to discuss the idea of forming a consortium that can actively work on national dialogue. The outcome of that meeting led to a technical group meeting that took place on end of December that designed and submitted a project proposal to the Government of Canada (GAC) that clearly outlines the role of IA and other members, the budget required to execute the project and the capacity needed for effective delivery.
This consortium is under way and it is a new one that is forming to work exclusively on national dialogue. Each organizations brings in their strength to the partnership and create a holistic approach for implementation, information exchange and resource mobilization to work in national dialogue.
IA is taking the lead to engage the private sector including business member organizations to do workshops and training that focus on concept clarification, discussion on best practice of national dialogue differentiating national dialogue from other ongoing peace building efforts such as negotiation and mediation. Seeing that the private sector is an important participant, the long terms result of this awareness and capacity building effort will lead to a better and effective private sector engagement in national duologue.
Following this commitment, IA will be hosting an executive’s workshop to begin to engage the private sector in National dialogue. This workshop will serve as prelude for larger conference where business operators will be gathering to talk about national dialogue in Ethiopia. This is a platform that will be co-hosted with ISS. ISS has been hosting conferences on national dialogue for the past year making it a reliable partner to mobilize key actors and generate quality content.
IA has also made initial contacts with the National Dialogue Commission to express interest and position itself as key partner to build capacity in relation to national dialogue and peace building for the private sector. As such, the commission is yet institutionalizing its work and has not begun outreach work yet.