Who We Are


The Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation launched in April 2016, is a successor to the Institute for Advanced Research (IAR) established in 2012.

The Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation, accorded the status and privileges of an international organization under the host country agreement with the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia signed on January 16, 2012, is an international, non-profit and an independent Ethiopia-based Centre of Excellence engaged in Dialogue, Research and analyses to eventual cooperation. It shall be referred to by its acronym CDRC.

CDRC’s major objectives are the advancement of development, the deepening of democracy and contribution to the creation of an environment for peace and security in the Horn of Africa, Africa  and beyond in general through dialogue and the promotion of knowledge and rigorous analysis of issues and developments. In exercising this responsibility CDRC intends to focus on challenges of institution building, democratic governance and the rule of law, issues of peace, security cooperation and integration.

CDRC shall have as its emblem logo, exhibited on the title page of this instrument. English is the official language of CDRC.



With the changing dynamics of our time, it is now deemed highly desirable at many levels— regional, continental, and international —to establish a Centre for the facilitation of an in-depth and critical dialogue on issues of common concern to our region and beyond.

In the volatile region of the Horn of Africa, there is a vacuum in the provision of an independent and objective analysis of the situation on the basis of intensive dialogue and rigorous research. With the changing dynamics in the Horn of Africa and beyond, it is now highly desirable to create, at many levels, regional, continental and international, a framework for an in-depth dialogue on critical issues and present an African perspective aimed at filling the visible vacuum in this regard, thereby facilitating the creation and building of capacities, knowledge and ideas relevant for policy making in the development and transformation of the region. The Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation aims to close this void and provide a platform for facilitating effective partnership among the countries of the region with full cooperation and support of international partners.

The rationale behind the establishment of CDRC is, therefore, the need for an institution whose task is to provide a forum for dialogue and action based on objective relevant policy analysis, which takes into  account all the new developments taking place regionally and internationally having a bearing in a variety of ways on the political, social and related situation, thus enabling exploration of novel ideas and choices leading to comprehension and successful implementation.

Therefore, an approach that focuses on these newly emerging phenomena is absolutely critical. This, no doubt, would facilitate better and effective cooperation between the peoples of the region and their partners—partnership on the basis of full ownership of the process by the peoples of the region and effective and productive contribution by partners.


The Vision of the Centre

To become a center of excellence that strives to bring to the fore an African perspective on regional security, peace and sustainable development on the basis of  critical dialogue and vigorous research with significant contribution for resolving regional and continental challenges.


Mission of the Centre

CDRC will strive to influence policy makers in Africa to innovate through building bridges from knowledge to power by conducting relevant research and analysis that can also be useful to its global partners.


The Goals of the Centre

  1. Promote and facilitate critical scholarly dialogue and exchange of ideas, informed public engagement through the convening of symposia and conferences on strategic issues of Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa Region and as feasible for the rest of the Continent and beyond;
  2. Act as a conduit to government agencies, businesses and organizations and civil society seeking analysis, commentary, project evaluations as well as advice on national, continental and global strategic issues;
  3. Mentor, attract and retain high-class researchers through tailored training programs, workshops and post-graduate courses;
  4. Organize national, regional and continental dialogue and academic fora on strategic, political, security, governance and developmental issues that can provide alternative choices for policy-makers in decision making;
  5. Following the Chatham House formula, organize meetings for academics and practitioners from Ethiopia, the region, Africa and the Middle East and as necessary for others, for frank and transparent dialogue on sensitive political and development issues with the view to advancing cooperation between Africa and the rest of the world;
  6. Promote and organize encounters for academics and practitioners
  7. Produce internationally recognized publications based on the outcome of the aforementioned symposia, conferences and for general readership, but most particularly for use by decision makers, schools and universities so that a reasonably accurate situation of Ethiopia, the region and Africa could be appreciated by existing and future generations;
  8. Promote the institutional development of higher institutions, civil society and developmental organizations in Africa, and recruit African professionals and train them for services in these organizations and in support of their purpose and functions thereby serving as the Region’s foremost source of independent, balanced and vital research on an extensive range of contemporary strategic issues; also thereby serving as a strategic planning partner for the National Governments, regional as well as African organizations;
  9. Appoint Fellows and Associate Fellows that will provide guidance and prepare young researchers for post-graduate degrees and for deployment into the work force;
  10. Contribute to the peace building efforts in the Horn of Africa and the African Continent as Forum for Mediation and Conflict Resolution;
  11. Function as a forum for free debate and exchange of views characterized by full tolerance among participants drawn from government institutions, academia, sections of civil society, journalists, business people, and members of international and regional organizations.



The Board of Trustees is the highest governing body of CDRC, which strategically directs the Centre. The Executive Management Team will execute operational control of CDRC. CDRC also follows an organization structure in which activities are divided in projects/programs.



The Head Office of the Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. CDRC will establish branch offices in other parts of the world, as deemed necessary.



CDRC’S membership is composed of prominent individuals, including senior and distinguished public and international civil servants, business leaders, scholars, academicians, journalists, professionals and public and private institutions from Ethiopia and Ethiopian Diaspora.