With the overall objectives of international exchange of ideas, partnership and solidarity, the Center – as one of its priorities – has been contacting international partners interested in human rights, good governance, and human development. The following are some of our partners and projects:
Department for International Development (DFID): With the financial assistance from DFID, the Center has been running a Legal Literacy, Rights Advice and Information Center in collaboration with the Active Learning Center, University of Glasgow, Scotland. The overall purpose of the project is to ensure that poor people in identified urban and rural areas have knowledge of their constitutional rights and freedoms, have access to legal information and advice and the means to obtain remedies before the law. (See the main page of the Project)
British Embassy in Ethiopia: The British Embassy, with the aim of capacity building of the Center, has donated around 100 valuable books on human rights, which are useful for the Center’s postgraduate programs, research and other community services. For the first academic semester (2010/11), the Embassy had also sponsored two professors, one from the United Kingdom and another from Canada, to administer modules (courses) and to help the Center self-administer the modules in the future.
University of Graz, Institute of International Law and International Relations: The Center has an “Academic Partnership on Legal and Human Rights Education,” a project within APPEAR (Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development). The Project, with the general objective of capacity building in legal and human rights education, will be coordinated by the University of Graz, represented mainly by the Institute of International Law and International Relations. Activities under the project include short-term exchange visits in teaching and research, curriculum development, identification of mutual research interests, and organization of two legal and human rights summer academies. It is designed for two years, October 2011 – September 2013, with the possibility of a one-year extension.