On account of containing the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure safety of its staff members,
The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute passed Stay-at-Home order as of Mid-March 2020.
The Institute made this decision after assessing the likelihood of getting infected by the Coronavirus
while working in the office setup and while commuting on daily basis in public transportations to and
from the office. In connection, the Institute made modest investments in ICT for the staff members to
maintain the pace of its research activities and ensure reliable means of communication between staff
and management as well as third parties.
HESPI Board of Directors meeting
HESPI Board of Directors met on February 14, 2020 in Addis Ababa.
The Chairperson opened the meeting with a welcoming remark and
approved the agenda. The management of HESPI then presented reports
on the Institute current working programs and budget. The Board
Directors appreciated HESPI current activities.
GEIDCO visit to HESPI
A team from the Africa Office of Global Energy Interconnection
Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), led by
Dr Xiangda Yan, Senior Manager of Africa Office, visited HESPI
on 21 November 2019. They met and discussed with Dr Gebrehiwot
Ageba, Director of Research of HESPI, and Ato Daniel Fantaye,
Programs Director of HESPI, reaching understanding on potential
collaboration between the two institutions in policy research and
analysis on the Horn of Africa.
HESPI participated at the China Academy
of Social Sciences forum
Mr Wassihun Abate, Member of HESPI Board of Directors, and
Dr. Ali, Managing Director of HESPI, participated at the China
Academy of Social Sciences forum in Beijing on October
30-31, 2019. The forum was on "Community of Shared Future
for Mankind and International Law". Mr. Wassihun and Dr. Ali
had an official meeting with the new Institute of West Asian and
African studies (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) leadership
at the Institute's head offices.
HESPI - IPADS International
The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI)
and The Institute of Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Development
Studies (IPADS) of Jigjiga University jointly organized the
2019 International Conference on Climate Change, Pastoralism,
and Resilience Building. The conference was held on
October 3 - 4, 2019 in Jigjiga, Ethiopia.
HESPI presented its Annual IGAD
Economies 2018 Report
The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute delegated Amb. Peter Robleh,
Chairperson of HESPI Board of Directors and Mr. Gashaw Tsegaye, HESPI
Research fellow, to make an in-depth presentation of HESPI Annual IGAD
Economies report 2018: "Macroeconomic Developments, Climatic Shocks,
and the State of Food Security in IGAD". The presentation was made at the
International Conference held on October 3 - 4, 2019, in Jigjiga, Ethiopia.
transformations and resilience building
Dr. Gebrehiwote Ageba, HESPI Research Director, chaired the
Enhancing Socio-Economic Transformations and Resilience
Building session during the HESPI - IPADS International
Conference on Climate Change, Pastoralism, and Resilience
Building on October 3 - 4, 2019, in Jigjiga, Ethiopia.
Puntland Investment Forum
The Managing Director of the Horn Economic and Social
Policy Institute (HESPI), Dr. Ali Issa was invited to make
a keynote speech at the Puntland Investment Forum held
at Garowe, Puntland, State of Somalia on 15-17 September,
2019. The Forum aimed to attract foreign direct investment
and domestic investors by presenting business opportunities
and partnerships with the private sectors.
HESPI met with Representatives from
NDRC, and the Mission of the People's
Republic of China to the African Union
The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI),
National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC),
and the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the
African Union met on May 30, 2019 at HESPI Headquarters
to discuss on future development programs. The Institutes
mentioned their strong interest on possible future collaboration on
development of trade and investment research and promotion,
financial polices coordination and integration, and contribution to
continental infrastructure vision for the IGAD sub region.