The roles of CDCB advisory team (Dr Abera Dheersa)

Dr Abera mentioned that there are different knowledges and experiences which the intellectuals need to bring together. He indicated the difficulty to do everything alone and by emphasizing the need for different actors to collaborate. It was also mentioned that all the leaders of the world have advisors which is also needed for Oromiya region’s government. He cited that government devices different development policies, strategies and programs the effective implementation of which requires intellectuals, business communities, etc contribution. The existence of huge gaps in Oromiya region in making use of intellectuals was also indicated.

Everybody might have different ideologies, but we all need to make efforts to make use of the professionals contribution. There are problems of mixing politics, ideaologies, etc with the need to make contribution for community development.

The role of think tank in peace and Development by (Prof. Endeshaw Bekele)

The role of think tanks was explained by giving an overview of the complexities of development. The contribution of think tank in supporting leaders to make informed decission was emphasized.

Prof. Endeshaw Bekele on presentation

Prof. Endeshaw indcated the difficulties in copying development process of one country to another. He mentioned that during colonization there were efforts to bring development in some African countries by copy paste strategy, but did not succeed.

Center for Development and Capacity Building (CDCB) overview (Obbo Amanuel Adinew-Executive Director of CDCB)

Obbo Amanuel, director of CDCB, gave an overview about CDCB. He indicated that for the establishment of this center at the begining the interest of the regional government, intellectuals and business community was assessed. It was indicated that decission to establish the center was made based on the interest they showed to have a center which could coordinate their work/contribution. He mentioned that the objective of CDCB is to work on how to enhance the contribution of intellecutals and business community towards the development of Oromiya for which the government has also high commitment.

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