Fana Gebresenbet Erda is an assistant professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He was a Wilson Center Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar in 2014, and an African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Grant recipient in 2017.

Statebuilding & Security | January 23, 2018

Development and Statebuilding at the Cost of Peacebuilding? The Case of the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Building state institutions, providing services, and promoting economic development in conflict-affected regions are usually considered integral to peacebuilding. This essay interrogates that position by drawing on empirical evidence from fieldwork conducted in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley—a  marginalized region inhabited by agro-pastoralist groups such as the Mursi and Mela (Bodi) of Salamago district. There are several […]

Cement Factory in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. Source: 'Gavin Houtheusen/Department for International Development
Cement Factory in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. Source: 'Gavin Houtheusen/Department for International Development
South Sudan | September 19, 2017

Security Implications of Hosting Refugees: The Case of South Sudanese Refugees in Gambella, Southwestern Ethiopia

This is a cross-post from Africa Up Close, the blog of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program. Fana Gebresenbet Erda was a Wilson Center Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar in 2014, and is currently an African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Grantee of the Social Science Research Council. Ethiopia appears in alignment […]

A group of South Sudanese refugees in Gambella, Ethiopia