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CIS advises on Establishment of RTCs in Ethiopia amid Conflict

22 July 2021
The Centre for International Cooperation (CIS) is pleased to announce the launch of a positive Feasibility Study report on the establishment of Regional Training Centres (RTCs) at Bahir Dar University, Mekelle University and Oromia State University in Ethiopia.

Made possible with the financial support of Nuffic’s Orange Knowledge Programme for institutional collaboration, this study was carried under the auspices of the Law, Democracy and Media project in Ethiopia.

The regional training centres seeks to strengthen the three aforementioned thematic areas through training, research and dialogue. From this point of view, the RTCs will provide executive programmes as well as short term practical skill trainings. The primary targets are professionals, policy makers, civil servants, and government institutions, journalists, non-governmental organisations staff, members of trade unions, community-based organisations, and religious groups among others.

With Internet blackouts and only limited access to communication collecting data for the report was challenging and the exercise had to be postponed several times. Nonetheless, the report was finally compiled and it positively confirmed the need for the initiative as one of the respondents noted: “More than ever, both the general public and policy makers need the training that the regional training centres will be offering. This is a means to maintain peace and equality, ensure democracy and rule of law. The country had long been deprived of such matters and thus, [the centres] will be of great importance”.

Ethiopia recently held a delayed election, with the outcome of the first set of voting due by July 9. However, the vote was postponed in Tigray, where the army has been fighting a local force since November. Ethiopia’s government announced it had called a unilateral cease-fire in the region, but it isn’t clear if the fighting will stop so that life can return back to normal for the regional training centres to begin operating.

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