Democracy and Good Governance Policy Study Sector

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Dupty Director General 

Alebel Dessie (Acting)

ibdgp@psi.gov.et

+251 115 506 066

The Democracy and Good Governance Policy Study Sector

The Democracy and Good Governance Policy Study Sector is amongst the four sectors of the Ethiopian Policy Study Institute (PSI); which was established in 2018 by Proclamation No. 1097/2018. The sector was founded after the merging of two state-owned think tanks in Ethiopia, Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) and Policy Study and Research Centre (PSRC). Until that time, several policy studies and researches related to good governance, federalism, nation building, public participations and public capacity building policy were conducted that served to inform the Ethiopian government in range of policy issues by Governance and Capacity Building research Department of PSRC since its established in 2014. Currently, the sector has three research centers; namely, the Institutional Development and Governance (IDG) Policy Study Center; Democracy and Rule of Law (DRC) Policy Study Center; and, Federalism Policy Study Center.
Following scientific research procedures, the Democracy and Good Governance Policy Study Sector conduct mainly the following activities in the areas of institutional development, rule of law, governance and federal studies;

  • produce the highest quality and fact-based policy research and study works that enlighten; among others, the policymakers, focusing on bridging policy gaps and assessing implementation problems;
  • provide knowledge based policy recommendations including initiating new proposals, and preparing policy and strategy documents;
  • analyze home grown practices and the best practices of foreign countries to the context of Ethiopia on the area of institutional development, democracy and good governance;
  • disseminate the research result to serve as an input for policy makers, key research partners and other stakeholders for knowledge dissemination and exchange;
  • offer quality training and consultancy services to domestic and international communities and
  • Creating conducive fora for discussing contemporary issues amid various key stakeholders.

Study Centers

Institutional Development and Governance (IDG) Policy Study Center

Center Coordinator

Center Coordinator

Girma Teshome (PhD)
Lead researcher
idgpc@psi.gov.et
+251115506066
Institutional development and governance policy study center is dedicated to produce the highest quality and fact-based policy research and study works focusing on bridging policy gaps facing institutional development and governance in Ethiopia and disseminates the research result to serve as an input for policy revision or new policy drafting in the country. Research thematic areas of the center, IDG, are strategic leadership and good governance capacity building, system building and sustainable development, policy implementation capacity development, reform and change management, non-state actors’ roles in institutional development, indigenous institutions and development, public service delivery and management, and political economy of decision-making. .  Besides the research activities, the Center also offer quality training and consultancy services to domestic and international communities on institutional development, governance, capacity building and policy analysis and drafting.
Major accomplishment

Completed research projects are

1. The role of civic societies and media in enhancing good governance in Ethiopia
2. Civic and ethical education in building sustainable democracy in Ethiopia: policy perspectives
3. Governance of state owned enterprises in Ethiopia: a challenge to the developmental State

Currently, the Center is conducting two research projects; namely,
1. Managing “unity in diversity” in Ethiopian Federal System: Policy Perspectives
2. Institutional development in Ethiopia: Trends, Gaps, Opportunities and Policy measures

Democracy and Rule of Law (DRC) Policy Studies Center

Center Coordinator

Center Coordinator

Yasin Mohammed (PhD)
Lead Researcher
drlps@psi.gov.et
+251115506066
Democracy and Rule of law Policy Studies Center aims to convey an independent and high quality studies and researches that enlighten; among others, the policymakers. Moreover, it targets to urge knowledge based suggestions including initiating new proposals, disseminating its findings, adopting the best practices of foreign countries to the context of Ethiopia on the area of democracy and rule of law. Furthermore, albeit its primary purpose is issues that are directly related with Ethiopia and its citizens, the Center also aims to provide high quality consultancy service (where appropriate) to domestic and international communities.
The Center thematic coverage extends, but is not limited to the following main areas: Institutions of Democracy; Justice and Law Enforcement; Socio-economic Development; Security and Stability; Governance and Democratization; Human Rights and Protection Mechanisms; and, Political- economy.

Research Projects
 
Currently the Center is conducting two research projects; namely,
1) Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities for the Advancement of Rule of Law in the FDRE
2) The Role of Institutions of Democracy in the Democratization Process of FDRE: Trends, Challenges and Prospects

Federalism Policy Study Center

Center Coordinator

Center Coordinator

Tilahun Tefera (PhD)
Lead Researcher
fpsc@psi.gov.et
+251115506066

The main objective of the Federalism Policy Study Center is to conduct scientific study on the existing or anticipated challenges of to the Ethiopian federal system. In-depth investigation and analysis will be conducted on identified challenges of the federal system so as to give recommendation, policy brief or policy options to the policy makers to address the difficulties of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The research thematic areas of the center are: inter-regional boundary disputes, conflicts over resources between regions, displacement vs socioeconomic crisis, the quest for identity, the quest for self-administration, ethnicization of conflicts, constitutional gaps vs the federal system, controversial provisions of the FDRE constitutions, and others related with Ethiopian federalism.

Major Accomplishment:
Two researches issues are in progress:
1. The Growing Ethnicization of Conflicts as a Threat to the Ethiopian Federalism: Politically Induced Displacement and the Plea for Justice
2. The Quest for FDRE Constitution Amendment and Existing Realities

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