Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Hannah Tsadik, Regional Resident Representative, has signed an agreement for the opening of the Life & Peace Institute (LPI) regional office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
During the signing ceremony on May 2, 2014, Ambassador Berhane hailed LPI for choosing Ethiopia as the centre of its regional initiatives in the area of peace, tolerance, dialogue and conflict transformation studies in the Horn of Africa. He also lauded LPI’s continuous engagement with Ethiopian universities in the areas of capacity building in conflict transformation theory and practice, as well as other research to advance the cause of tolerance, dialogue, and peace in the Horn of Africa. He also emphasized that the Ministry and the Government of Ethiopia would support LPI’s initiatives within the region.
– It is LPI’s intention to work with the Horn countries, IGAD and the AU, as well as other organizations to support and encourage non-violent approaches to conflict transformation through various mechanisms including conducting research and other studies, says Hannah Tsadik. Opening a regional office in Addis Ababa will assist LPI greatly to coordinate its activities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan.
Peter K Sjögren, Executive Director of LPI, head-quartered in Sweden, speaks about the host agreement as a milestone for LPI’s work, and summarizes the main activities envisaged for the regional office: foster collaborative relations with policy-makers and other influencers in order to support decisions that promote conflict transformation in the region; build policy engagement skills of civil society and academic partners in the Horn region to engage with AU and IGAD structures on peace- and conflict-related matters; and to facilitate, coordinate and expand the various strands of work in the LPI country programmes with a view to contribute to regional peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa.
Find out more about the agreement at Ethiopian Ministry for Foreign Affairs