“Society, State & Identity in
Addis Ababa, 22-25 May 2007 Conference
Jointly organized by Department of History (Addis Ababa University) and Forum
for Social Studies (Addis Ababa) in collaboration with
the Executive Committee of the
Association of African Historians
and with the support of The African Union Commission
call for papers
|FSS Organizes Fora Enabling
Public Discuss Policies
The Ethiopian Herald (Addis Ababa)
October 28, 2006
Posted to the web October 28, 2006
The Forum for Social Studies (FSS), an independent policy-oriented research
institution, said it has been organizing forums aimed at enabling the public
discuss various policies and draft laws designed by the government.
FSS Chief Executive Prof. Bahru Zewde told ENA that the Forum has been
organizing forums to raise the awareness of the public on issues related to
poverty reduction, rural land, food security, environmental conservation and
gender, among others.
Prof. Bahru said that the Forum helped the public and governmental bodies
hold face to face discussions. He said FSS has been exerting efforts to
promote the culture of discussion on policies before endorsement.
Prof. Bahru said that FSS has been working closely with policy makers and
executives. He said the Forum gives due attention to issues related to good
governance, environmental conservation and poverty.
Board Vice Chairperson Dr. Meheret Ayenew said on the occasion that the
participation of the civil society in such discussions is low. Dr. Meheret
said FSS has been exerting utmost efforts to raise the participation of the
civil society in such discussions.
According to an FSS press release issued in connection with FSS Partners'
Day Thursday, the Forum was established in 1998 by a group of researchers
and other professionals.
The Partners' Day was aimed at creating an opportunity for exchange of views
among FSS' partners on the achievements and challenges of the Forum over the
last eight years and reflecting on its future directions, the release said.
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