Academically, I have been trained as a Policy Analyst at a Masters Degree level from the University of Addis Ababa and Economics Degree from the University of Arba Minch.
As part of this and other participations, I have been engaged in various research works to position youth development agenda onto international developmental policy and resource mobilization discourse and decision making for more than half a decade now. This has helped me obtain the necessary knowledge related to development and rights policy advocacy, Training and Capacity Building, Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Mapping, Mobilization & Partnership Building, Research and Documentation.
To this end, I have publications as part of my academics, advocacy work on youth development and the support to the AUC and UN system. It includes among others;
‘Employment and Development Priorities: A policy link in providing decent work for young people in Africa, International Labour Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; ‘Mapping of Youth Employment Interventions in Africa: An assessment of implementation modalities and best practices’, International Labour Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; ‘The State of Youth Employment in Africa: A brief, International Labour Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; ‘African Youth Empowerment Index, African Union Commission, Capacity building and Youth Division, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; ‘Milestones of Achievement in Continental Policy and Decision Making in Youth Development: Partnership between AUC and UNFPA/LO in focus’, African Union Commission and UNFPA/LO Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Proposed ‘Monitoring mechanism for the AU Decade of Youth Plan of Action, African Union Commission, Capacity building and Youth Division, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; ‘A Mathematical Model on the Economic Benefits of Youth Volunteerism: AUYVC programme, African Union Commission, Capacity building and Youth Division, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; ‘Correlates of Early Childhood Health in Ethiopia: application of Structural Equation Modeling with latent Variables, Young Lives Project working paper of the Ethiopia Development Research Institute and Oxford University; ‘Aid Effectiveness in Poverty Reduction: empirical evidence of Official Development Assistance in Sub Saharan African countries, Adama University National Research Symposium Proceedings.
I have also published a book entitled, ‘Determinants of Child Health in Ethiopia’ in LAMBERT Publishing, Germany. The book will be available at www.amazon.com from 25 April, 2012. In addition, I Peer reviewed the African Youth Report 2011 of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
My experiences in the HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights include my nomination and participation as a discussant in the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF), Inter-Generational Dialogue (IGD) between youth advocates and their adult counterparts; as a Key resource person to the African Union Commission’s AUYVC SRHR training and deployment slot.
Residing in unofficial capital of Africa, Addis Ababa, I have had the opportunity to participate in almost all national and many international workshops and conferences including most recently the ICASA 2011. I have also been a finalist of UNAIDS fellow in Geneva and UNECA fellowship in Addis Ababa.
As a youth development advocate, I am passionate about ensuring the greater participation of young people in development planning and implementation at all levels and the provision of youth-friendly health services that would help young people acquire the knowledge, give them the opportunity and ability to be protected from HIV/AIDS and STIs.
The working experiences I have acquired so far gave me the opportunity to work closely with a team of researchers, advocates, policy makers, programme managers and business people and helped me to comprehend the importance of good working practice including team work and above all being able to adjust easily to new people from different backgrounds and understanding different point of views.
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