Ethiopia

In the framework of the civil peace service programme (ZFD), implemented by GIZ, inmedio provided a proferssional mediation qualification for reprentatives of ZFD’s Ethiopian partner organisations, ranging from government official and parliamentarians to NGO representatives and traditional leaders from 2009 to 2010, which was complemnted by a training of trainers, organisational development and backstopping phase from 2011 to 2014. Based on the exchange of indegenious Ethiopian and international mediators, the hybrid model of “facilitative-wise elder-mediation” was co-created.

The results achieved by then were presented in January 2014 in Addis Abba – some two and a half years after the conclusion of the training, and eighteen months after the training of trainers ended. Among others, Kalla Gezaheign Woldedawit, who performs a mediating function in his role as traditional and spiritual leader of the Konso poeple of Southern Ethiopia, reported on how he integrates elements of “modern” mediation into his work. A short video documentary was screened for the first time.

The trainers’ manual “Shimgelina under the shade – Merging Ethiopian Wise Council Mediation and Facilitative Mediation” was co-developed by the group of Ethiopian mediators, inmedio’s Dirk Splinter and Ljubjana Wuestehube as well as GIZ/ZFD. It was co-published by the Ethiopian House of Federations. The Amharic version of the training manual was launched in October 2014.

For more information please contact splinteratinmedio.de (Dirk Splinter) or wuestehubeatinmedio.de (Ljubjana Wuestehube).

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