Congratulations to the Life & Peace Institute’s Hannah Tsadik for being awarded the Swedish Development Forum prize for her “strategic leadership” by the Föreningen för Utvecklingsfrågor (Swedish Development Forum, FUF). In the announcement on 20 October 2017, the Swedish Development Forum recognised Hannah for having “developed an innovative and successful regional peace program in the Horn of Africa.” FUF recognised that:
As a representative of the Life & Peace Institute, [Hannah] has participated in various roles in Addis Ababa between 2008 and 2017, facilitating a series of analysis and research initiatives, and initiated innovative ways towards peace and development […] In a winning way, Hannah Tsadik has created working venues and contributed to cross-border cooperation, between civil society and political structures, researchers and practitioners, across national borders.
The Life & Peace Institute is privileged to have had Hannah’s leadership, vision and creativity – alongside the Addis-based team – in the development of the Horn of Africa Programme (HARP) and Ethiopia Programme. In close collaboration with partners at the Peace & Development Committee in Addis Ababa, over 77,000 young people in Ethiopia have participated in Sustained Dialogue peace projects under Hannah’s leadership. HARP has engaged policymakers at the African Union’s Peace and Security Council on issues ranging from peace promotion within humanitarianism and women in peacekeeping operations. The programme facilitates important policy contributions to the work of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on cross-border trade. The HARP also produces the Horn of Africa Bulletin (HAB), a policy-focused publication featuring regional experts and academics. Through creatively designed follow-up seminars, called HAB Forums, HARP convenes political representatives alongside wider civil society groups in the policy process to discuss important regional and global development issues linked to peace and security
The Life & Peace Institute’s HARP launched a major programme this year to strengthen Community Cross-border Collaboration in the IGAD Region. It is the next step in more than four years of work led by Hannah and the Life & Peace Institute’s partners committed to garnering the points of view of stakeholders that are traditionally marginal to the regional policy processes such as local communities, academia, and civil society.
The Life & Peace Institute congratulates Hannah Tsadik on the prize from the Swedish Development Forum (FUF) and thanks her for the continuing innovative leadership of the important policy work the Life & Peace Institute undertakes in the Horn of Africa region.