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Merid Desta left a comment for Ayuba Gimba Mavalla
"Hi Ayuba, Can you meet me on skype or send me your mobile number. I guess you are in Nigeria now. Alternatively, you may e-mail me. Blessings Merid"
May 6, 2014
Merid Desta left a comment for Golda Keng
"Hi Golda, nice to see your profile. Just thought it a privilege to know you and what you are doing in regard to Peace, Conflict and Security related studies along with ISS/UPEACE in Addis. Would like to get in touch and may be discuss a few matters…"
Feb 2, 2014
Merid Desta liked Rochelle Arms A.'s discussion Please Consider Joining the Association for Conflict Resolution's International Section (A wonderful resource for students and practitioners worldwide)
Sep 17, 2013
Merid Desta updated their profile
Jun 14, 2013
Merid Desta is now friends with amsalework dereje moges, Thushara Witharana and Canadian School of Peacebuilding
May 10, 2013
Merid Desta liked Craig Zelizer's blog post Guide to Conducting and Disseminating Research
Apr 22, 2013
Merid Desta replied to Craig Zelizer's discussion Need a cite for Johan Galtung and Peace Media (Please add your suggestions)
"Dr Zelizer may be you are looking for the following link of 'Transcend Media Service' of Transcend University - Galtung's online university: of course, if you haven't found it yet. All the…"
Nov 9, 2012
Thushara Witharana left a comment for Merid Desta
"Welcome, 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."
Oct 8, 2012
Merid Desta shared Craig Zelizer's video on Facebook
Sep 21, 2012
Merid Desta replied to Kai Brand-Jacobsen's discussion SPECIAL UN EVENT: Prevention & Mediation - September 11, 2012
"Hi thanks for the info. I can't see the location or I am missing something. Can someone help? Thanks"
Sep 7, 2012
Libby and Len Traubman and Merid Desta are now friends
Sep 1, 2012
Merid Desta might attend Rezarta Bilali's event

Conflict Studies Graduate Student Conference: Call For Papers - Proposals due April 30, 2012 at University of Massachussetts Boston

October 19, 2012 to October 20, 2012
  CONFLICT STUDIES: The New Generation of Ideas Ninth Biennial Graduate Student Conference October 19–20, 2012 Organized by the UMass Boston Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution, Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas <>  (see…See More
Jun 2, 2012
Merid Desta might attend National Peace Academy's event

Intro to Peace Ed Part 3: Pedagogy & Practice at Online

September 3, 2012 to September 30, 2012
Dates: July 24-August 19, 2012 Location: Online course Conducted by:  Teachers Without BordersCourse Instructors: Stephanie Knox Cubbon,…See More
Jun 2, 2012
Merid Desta left a comment for Ayuba Gimba Mavalla
"Pastor Ayuba, Welcome to one of the best networks we have in the world for peacebuilders and peace and conflict transformation educators. Enjoy and exploit it. Yours, Merid "
Apr 25, 2012
Merid Desta left a comment for marek wysoczynski
"Hi Marek, Thanks for the invitation and the initiation. Keep in touch. Would like to know more about your work. Take care."
Apr 11, 2012
Merid Desta and marek wysoczynski are now friends
Apr 11, 2012

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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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