Prior to 2020

Projects implemented prior to 2020

  • Between 2017 and 2020, IAG partnered with Mandera Women for Peace and Development (MWFPD), Integrated Development Focus (IDF), and Network for Peace and Development (NEPED) to implement a project titled “Regional Approaches for Sustainable Conflict Management and Integration” (RASMI), which was funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF). The project adopted a conflict systems-based approach to promote peace-building, conflict management, and conflict resolution capacity at the community and cross-border levels. It was part of the EU’s program for collaboration in the cross border areas of the Horn of Africa designed to prevent and mitigate the impact of local conflict and to promote economic development and greater resilience in four different cross-border regions.
  • In 2014, LPI initiated The Collaborative Policy Analysis and Engagement in the Horn of Africa in partnership with IAG, the Organization for Social Science Research for Eastern Africa (OSSREA), and the Continental Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in order to affect regional policies that are evidence-based, comprehensive and sensitive to local conflict dynamics and perspectives. The Initiative in the aftermath of extensive discussions within the quartet and policy-makers in the IGAD region has identified Cross Border Security Governance (CBSG) to be the overarching theme of study, whereby Informal Cross Border Trade (ICBT) was used as a lens to understand CBSG.The focus of the initiative, thus, was to identify the policy gaps and dilemmas emerging out of the ICBT-CBSG nexus in the IGAD region. European Union and the Sweden International Development Agency (SIDA) funded the project.
  • Between 2016 and 2019, IAG implemented the PEACE III project that aimed at peace-building capacities of communities so as to enable them to mitigate and resolve local conflicts.
  • Between 2016 and 2018, Inter Africa Group, in partnership with the Directorate General of Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Federal and Pastoralist Development Affairs, Ethiopia, carried out a study titled “Countering the Threat of Violent Extremism in Ethiopia” with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The research explored the drivers of violent extremism, the vulnerable groups and areas, the local capacities to counter violent extremism, the potential partners in the fight against VE, and other related issues to design counter-extremism interventions and develop national strategy. This nation-wide study was undertaken in the following regions and city administrations: Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Oromia, Somali, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region, Tigray, Addis Ababa, and Dire Dawa.
  • In 2016, IAG provided support for out-of-school young girls in order to facilitate access to education and skill training for adolescent girls aged 12-18 in selected regions, with the broader aim of investing in human capital and empowering the beneficiaries to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.
  • In 2015, parliamentary internship was designed by IAG to enhance the awareness and capacity of federal and regional parliaments in Ethiopia and for mainstreaming gender in the exercise of their oversight and legislative mandates. In tandem, it was intended to the enable students to better understand the mechanisms, responsibilities, and needs of governance and public administration.
  • In 2012, IAG organized “Conference on the Implications of the North Africa Uprising for Sub-Saharan Africa.” Based on several research papers presented by eminent scholars, the conference deliberated extensively on the wave of uprisings that began in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011 and spread all across the North of Africa. The deliberation produced a strategic input to be considered by governments and CSOs that underlined the need for timely addressing the issue of governance deficit.
  • IAG organized a symposium titled “Agrarian Technology Options and Food Security in Ethiopian Pastoralist Areas” and the papers presented by notable experts articulated the vulnerable status of pastoralist livelihood and tabled potential policy measures and technology options to address the food security risks of the pastoral areas in Ethiopia. The result of the symposium, which was implemented in partnership with Royal Government of Sweden and Norway, was published in 2010 under the same title.
  • IAG organized “Conference on the Prevailing Interlocked Peace and Security Conundrum in the Horn of Africa” and the result of the meeting was published in 2008. Several research papers by distinguished experts on the conflicts in the Horn (Sudan, Somalia, Ethio-Eritrea) were presented. The conference deliberated on the linkages and their consequence and outlined possible areas of solution to the security challenges of the Sub-Region. The project was funded by Royal Danish Government.
  • In 2005, IAG organized local pre-election debates in Ethiopia that enabled contending political parties to present their campaign agenda to the public and helped the electorate to make informed choices during that election.
  • In 2002, IAG launched “Inter-Generational Dialogue” with the aim to provide an opportunity for senior accomplished Ethiopian citizens, who have made significant contribution to their country in different fields, to share their cumulative experience and knowledge with students and young professionals.
  • Beginning in 1994, IAG conducted several conferences and dialogue forums on socio economic and political priority issues. These projects aimed at examining the role of political parties and their contribution to democratization in the Horn of Africa.
  • In 1994, IAG provided significant technical support to the drafting of the 1995 Ethiopian Constitution.