Merid Desta
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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am a very passionate mature African-Ethiopian researcher/ peacebuilder/ manager/ leader/ who have been doing a research on peace and conflict in the horn of Africa. I have learned that both my under- and post-graduate studies need to be topped up with formal studies of theories and praxis of peace, conflict, justice, identity, nationalism, ethnicity, religion and other related theories.
All the trusts, institutes, faith-based and other secular organisations in which I was involved in leadership, mobilising and training capacities, were committed to addressing all aspects of individuals and communities’ life. Being an advocate for all human beings to be released from their spiritual, physical, social, mental and economic poverty, with a view to enabling them to become fulfilled and responsible human beings who live up to the standard of their best capacity, was at the core of all my work and the people and teams whose ministry I led. I have been involved in interfaith; interethnic; intercultural and interdenominational peacebuilding, conflict resolution and management work in the capital.
My family’s life has always been sacrificial. We have committed our lives and are preparing for more commitments to work initially among a few communities and regions in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan/ South Sudan and the surrounding regions. These nations of Eastern Africa have often been under enormous threats and incidents of civil wars, ethno-religious conflicts, genocide etc.
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (student)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
I would like to have an outstanding knowledge of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
Currently and temporarly I am in the United Kingdom
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
I am doing an interdesciplinary research in regard to Ethnicity, Conflict Transformation, Peacebuilding and Religion with Oxford Centre for Mission Studies/ University of Wales
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website? - and - http://ethioharmonys...
What is one of your favorite websites in the field?
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Amharic, French
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Conflict Mainstreaming, Conflict Resolution, Development, Interfaith, Humanitarian Relief, Nonviolence, Organizational Development, Peacebuilding, Violence Prevention
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Qualitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
I am trying to investigate the role of faith based organisations in conflict and peacebuilding

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At 10:09am on October 8, 2012, Thushara Witharana said…


like to be a friend of you and share your experience in conflict resolution field. Im also a writer and a researcher in this field.


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