• May 24, 2018
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The peaceful transition of power and the election of a new Prime Minister open the next promising chapter in the rich Ethiopian history. Ethiopians at home and abroad are curious about the direction the new leadership will be heading.

As decision makers need to find a balance between established long-term governance structures and new demands by upcoming generations, some questions have necessarily to be addressed: What should the future governance in Ethiopia look like? How to preserve successful pillars of governance in the future? Are there changes of governance needed in order to implement new policy priorities?

Given ongoing dynamics, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation (CDRC) cordially invite you to a conference on “Ethiopia’s Promise to the Next Generation: Prospects for Governance in Ethiopia”, that takes place on May 24th, 2018 (GC). The event will bring together distinguished opinion makers, politicians from diverse backgrounds, researchers, advocates as well as the young and the experienced to shed light on important governance issues in Ethiopia. The program reads as follows:


08h30 Inscriptions
09h00 Opening Remarks by Dr. Abdeta Dribssa Beyene (Centre for Research, Dialogue & Cooperation, Executive Director) (TBC) and Constantin Grund (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Resident Representative)
09h30 Keynote Speech on ‘Challenges and Prospects for Governance in Ethiopia’ by H.E. Mr. Getachew Reda (Political Practitioner & Analyst)
10h00 Panel Discussion featuring Ms. Selome Tadesse (Social Activist), Dr. Gedion Timothewos (Lawyer and Constitutional expert), Dr. Merera Gudina (Scholar and politician) and Mr. Tsedeke Yihune (Business owner and political commentator) moderated by Dr. Elisabeth Woldegiorgis (AAU)
10h45 Tea Break
11h15 Discussion
12h30 Lunch
13h30 Keynote Speech on ‘Unity and Diversity: Challenges for the Ethiopian Federalism’ by H.E. Kebede Chane (Minister for Federal and Pastoralists Affairs) (TBC)
14h00 Panel Discussion featuring H.E. Fasil Nahum (former Advisor to the Prime Minister), Dr. Assefa Fisseha (AAU, Center for Federal Studies), Dr. Milkessa Midega (Political Analyst), Ms. Sofia Kifle (PhD Candidate AAU, Center for Federal Studies) moderated by Mr. Asrat Seyoum (Editor-in-Chief, Ethiopian Reporter)
14h45 Tea Break
15h15 Discussion
16h30 Closing Remarks by Professor Ephrem Isaac (Senior Advisor and previous Mediator at the Council of Elders)


We are looking forward to your participation. Just register below! Of course, you can always check-in at the welcome desk, too.

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Venue Website:

Kazanchis, Addis Abeba