Partnerships and Collaborations

The Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights (RIG/DPR) Project

About the Project

The Center for Gender Studies of Addis Ababa University has been participating in a Partnership project entitled “The Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights (RIG/DPR)”with Ahfad University for Women (AUW), Sudan and Makerere University (MU), Uganda. The project is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). Though the original project period wasJanuary, 2010 to December, 2014, a no- cost extension period until June, 2015has been approved to finalize the project activities. The AUW is responsible for the overall management of the project.

Objectives and major components of the RIG/DPR project

The RIG/DPR project intends to promote knowledge initially within the East African region for influencing policy, enhancing awareness raising and networking, indigenous curriculum development and activism on peace, rights,and governance with special focus on gender-related issues. The major components of theRIG/DPR include:

  • Civic Engagement Activities (organizing advocacy workshops/seminars and public lectures, production of educational brochures and bi-annual newsletter)
  • Building Academic Capacity (through Curriculum development, Staff exchangeand scholarships for regional MSc Program).
  • Researchon ssues of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights (through staff research and PhD scholarships)

Major activities accomplished in the Project

The major activities accomplished so far in the project include:

  • Various seminars and public lectures have been conducted;
  • 500 copies of educational Brochure printed;
  • Two CGS staff received support for their PhD study;
  • Six Ethiopian females received MA scholarship (in Gender and Governance);
  • Six students (one male and 5 females) received MA scholarship;
  • Four female students from CGS received thesis grant;
  • One team of researchers and two individual researchers received research grant;
  • Staff exchanges were arranged between AAU and AUW;
  • Purchase of office equipment effected (laptops, Video camera and Photo camera);
  • Purchase of 41 Books for the CGS library collection;
  • CGS participated in the various partner meetings and monitoring visits organized during the project implementation period.

1.    The Gender and Reproductive Health Project

About the project

The Center for Gender (CGS) is a research and teaching Center of Addis Ababa University whose main goal is to enable Ethiopian women to empower themselves socially, culturally, economically and politically as they participate in Ethiopia’s development process. The Center is currently active in four major areas: education at the Master’s level, research, training, publication and documentation. In the fulfillment of its mandate, CGS has forged partnerships with a number of organizations, both locally and internationally. Particularly in the areas of gender and reproductive health (RH), the Center has been working in partnership with the Packard Foundation to contribute to the efforts made to improve the RH issue in the country. In this regard, the Gender and Reproductive Healthproject was initiated with a financial support fromthe Packard Foundation. The project commenced on October 1st, 2009, and as a three-year project was scheduled to end in 2012. Due to many constraints on the part of CGS, a no-cost extension was sought for; CGS was granted a one-year extension period(October, 2013).

Objectives and major components of the project

The project aims to address the various reproductive health challenges that the country is facing and to link and also to identify research gaps in gender and reproductive health issues.Theprojecthas two main components, namely curriculum development and capacity building, with the sub-components of research, publication, training and procurement.

Activities accomplished in the Project

  • A draft curriculum with course modules for the planned specialization track in Gender and Reproductive Health has been produced and will be finalized after being reviewed by CGS staff, internal and external reviewers and key stakeholders in the field.
  • Two major research outputs have been produced under the capacity building component. CGS staff members, together with experts recruited from other departments of the University conducted ‘Research Needs Assessment on Reproductive Health’ and ‘Curriculum Needs Assessment on Reproductive Health’.
  • CGS MA students writing their MA thesis on reproductive health issues were provided grants in support of their fieldwork in two consecutive rounds. Four selected theses from these research outputs have been reviewed and edited for publication. The research outputs are planned to be published as an edited one volume. To this end, CGS has assigned one of its staff members to write sections for introduction, providing the context as well as a concluding section.
  • In the just-ended academic year, one student writing her thesis on gender-based violence and harms caused by perpetrators of violence received grant to conduct her MA thesis.
  • In grant support for independent research sub-category, a duo of researchers is currently undertaking a research on “Challenges influencing access to maternal health care: A comparative study of Ambo town and its rural surroundings, West Shewa, Ethiopia”. This study is intended to investigate challenges influencing access to maternity care in a comparative way between urban and rural women and between women who are currently accessing and not accessing the care.
  • The Center for Gender Studies reviewed its MA program in Gender Studies as part of a University-wide program review initiative to identify relevance, currency, quality and effectiveness of programs offered by the Addis Ababa University. CGS’s program review report was presented at a one-day self-assessment report validation workshop in April, 2013 organized by the College of Development Studies and attended by stakeholders both from government and non-governmental organizations.
  • As part of building the capacity of the Center, CGS has acquired different office materials such as heavy duty photocopy machines, …