Monday, May 30, 2016
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 5/30/2016 09:11:00 AM
The major goal of this study was to assess the role of indigenous institutions in handling/ settling conflicts in the Sidama Society. Sidama Communities are found in Sidama Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS). The research was conducted in Dalle woreda, Sidama Zone and it was purposively selected. Qualitative research methodology was employed in the study for its appropriateness to assess the role of indigenous institutions in handling/ settling conflicts in the study area and data was collected through the use of interview, key informant interview, focus group discussion, personal observation and document review. The results obtained from the study suggest that Conflicts in Sidama, as in anywhere else, may vary from trivial interpersonal disagreements to a serious dispute which might eventually lead to homicide. The most common conflict issues in Sidama are grazing land, water, farmland and borderland. There are many deeds and accounts in the daily activities of the society which are considered to be crimes with regard to the norms and traditions of the Sidama community. However, the most serious ones are: beating a man with a slump and/or thin stick, Beating elderly, raping, murder, Physical damage, Adultery. Sidama indigenous institutions have played a great role to solve different local conflicts and for the development of modern institutions. The modern institutions (Courts) have and took a strong base from the indigenous institutions in resolving conflict and preserving peace and security. Besides to modern institution, the indigenous institutions have played a great role for the emergence of cooperative unions. To sum up, indigenous/traditional/ institutions are costly and time effective in addition to many other benefits provide for the society when we compare with modern institutions. Therefore, at this time government courts encourages indigenous/traditional/ institutions to promote peace and to solve conflicts at the grass root level or at the local level.
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Sunday, May 29, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 5/23/2016 04:42:00 AM
Friday, May 20, 2016
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 5/20/2016 04:51:00 AM
At the May meeting of the CSU System Board of Governors, CSU President Tony Frank presented the Ram Pride Serivce Award to Nancy and Bob Sturtevant for coordinating a three-year book drive to stock the library at Hawassa University in Ethiopia. Photo by William A. Cotton, CSU Photography
Ethiopia: Volunteers in Colorado collected and shipped 20,500 books to Hawassa University
Source: Colorado State University
The herculean effort of collecting 20,500 up-to-date textbooks and shipping them halfway around the world into the hands of scholars in Ethiopia has earned a trio of Colorado State employees this year’s Ram Pride Service Award.
Bob and Nancy Sturtevant and Paul Evangelista received the Ram Pride Service Award at the May 5 Colorado State University System Board of Governors meeting in Fort Collins. Presented by CSU President and System Chancellor Tony Frank, the Ram Pride Service Award recognizes “service above self” in upholding CSU’s land-grant mission and character.
Bob Sturtevant retired from a long career with the Colorado State Forest Service but has recently returned to CSU part-time, and Nancy now works as a coordinator in the Office of International Programs. Evangelista is a researcher in the Natural Resources Ecology Lab in Warner College, who has worked in East Africa for decades and has formed collaborative alliances in Kenya, Ethiopia and throughout the region.
The book drive started in 2012, when a group from CSU, including Frank and Evangelista, visited Ethiopia’s Hawassa University, where Colorado State has a strategic partnership and strong research relationships. They noticed that while Hawassa had built a new library, it lacked sufficient academic materials to fill the shelves.
Knowing that the Sturtevants were then posted in East Africa as Peace Corps Volunteers – and that they had extensive experience coordinating international book drives — Frank asked them to work with Evangelista to help mobilize a drive to stock the Hawassa library shelves.
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 5/20/2016 03:23:00 AM