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A CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Eritrea@25: Learning from the Past, Overcoming the Present and Envisioning a Bright Future

A CALL FOR PARTICIPATION Eritrea@25: Learning from the Past, Overcoming the Present and Envisioning a Bright Future A wisdom is like a baobab tree, no one individual can embrace it. The Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights


Eritrea@25: Learning from the Past, Overcoming the Present and Envisioning a Bright Future

A wisdom is like a baobab tree, no one individual can embrace it.

The Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR) cordially invites Eritreans and non-Eritreans to take part in the national dialogue on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Eritrean Independence.


Eritrea, as an independent country, is 25 years old. As Eritreans celebrate this milestone, they evidently engage in evaluation whether or not Eritrea has met the aspirations and dreams of its people for a better life worth the sacrifices of its people who paid the ultimate price through their loved ones and everything they had. EMDHR would like to utilize the Silver Jubilee of the Eritrean Independence as an opportunity to reflect and review the progress or lack thereof in the last 25 years. It is an occasion for us as a nation to pause, reflect, and draw lessons from the past for a better present and brighter future. 

Eritrean and non-Eritrean intellectuals of diverse disciplines and experiences are cordially invited to participate in this initiative at which they have the opportunity to share their views, assessments and recommendations on different aspects – namely political, economic, social, cultural as well as environmental – with the wider public. By so doing they would be able to shape constructive public discourse on the basis of objective analysis and present feasible and practical steps towards solutions to the numerous challenges facing our country and its people.


The Initiative is premised on the following general assertions:  

  • Eritrea and its people are faced with great and grave challenges that are critical to their survival and development.
  • There are better options and alternatives that can enable our country to meet the aspirations of its people. 
  • In order to arrive at shared and common alternatives we need to seriously, sincerely and with open-mind dialogue among ourselves. 
  • The role of Eritrean intelligentsia is essential in this respect and there is a huge reservoir of intellectual capital among Eritreans that is yet to be fully harnessed for constructive purposes of shaping public opinion and guiding collective action. 

This initiative thus intends to mobilize and bring together this critical potential to engage and provide an objective perspective on the Eritrean experiences of the last 25 years. We hope that this will encourage not just the Eritrean intellectuals but also the people at large to be active participants in their national discourse and build a nation that caters the needs and meets the aspirations of its citizens. 

Using diverse media, namely Paltalk panel discussions, seminars and media interviews Eritreans scholars and practitioners will have the opportunity to interact with Eritrean public in a highly sober, objective and constructive dialogues on the following and related themes. The public seminars, lectures, and panel discussions will be provided in either Arabic, Tigrigna, or English. Written submissions (in English) that meet the set standards will be considered for a publication on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Eritrean independence. The key themes considered in the initiative include:

Theme 1 – Economic Growth and Development

  1. Economic policy framework(s) 
  2. Natural Resources Governance: Extractive, Land  and Land Tenure 
  3. Public Finance Management – Efficiency and Accountability
  4. Sovereign wealth management
  5. Private Sector and the role of PFDJ Businesses
  6. Sectoral Analysis on: Mining, Agriculture and Marine Resources (Fisheries), Manufacturing and Industrialization, Domestic and Foreign Trade, Infrastructure and Construction, The State of Financial Sector, Tourism, Communication and ICT Development.

Theme 2 – Public Services, Human Development and Humanitarian Situation (taking MDGs as yard sticks)  

  1. Public Service Provision
    1. Policy Frameworks 
    2. Health sector – primary health care and Infect
    3. Education sector – Primary and Tertiary and Higher education.
    4. Food Security and Nutrition 
    5. Water and Sanitation – Provision Quality and Spread 
    6. Energy and Energy Supply (Fuel, Electricity and Rural Electrification).
  2. Human development and Humanitarian Situation
    1. Unemployment and Poverty 
    2. The State of the Eritrean Family
    3. Gender issues and the Rights of the Eritrean Woman
    4. The Eritrean Youth
    5. Migration and Human Trafficking 
    6. Militarization of Society and its implications 
    7. The State of vulnerable groups, eg. Orphans, people with disability, elderly, widows, etc.

Theme 3 – Political Governance, National Security and International Relations

  1. Political Governance 
    1. Rule of law and constitutionalism
    2. Policy making, Institutions, accountability and participation
    3. Human rights and access to Justice
    4. Citizenry, representation, identity and nation-building
    5. The state of civil societies and their role
    6. The state of independent media
    7. The state of the broader Resistance Movement 
  1. National Security
    1. Policy framework and strategy
    2. Actual and potential threats to national security
    3. National Service, its contribution and its consequences
    4. Border wars and conflict with neighbouring countries
  1. Diplomacy, Regional and International Relations and Cooperation
    1. Policy framework and strategy
    2. Bilateral relations with world powers and its consequences
    3. The status of the EEBC decision
    4. Regional integration and cooperation (e.g. IGAD and African Union)
    5. International (Arab League, Red Sea, the UN, etc.)

Theme 4 – Culture, Cultural Values and Heritage

  1. Policy framework and strategy
  2. Custom and tradition
  3. Historical and archeological heritage 
  4. Religion and religious institutions
  5. Language and the linguistic development
  6. Traditional and modern Arts

Theme 5 – Environment and Climate

  1. Policy frameworks and strategy
  2. The state of ecology in Eritrea
  3. Climate change and its consequences – climate adaptation.

Time Frame

The Initiative will run from May 2016 to May 2017

We hope that many will take this opportunity to participate in the series of debates and encourage others to join. Participants are free to choose any of the above themes or other themes that are relevant to Eritrea in the context of the last 25 years. Send your expression of interest to Dr. Adane G.Meskel

Review overview
  • Seble April 27, 2016

    Now, lets see is is brave enough to come out and discuss the Eritrean issues and progress after 25 Years?
    You see no one except me. Dear brother and sisters what we are talking hear is our HOME LAND has been taken by criminals and PFDJ gungsters, our people have been abused, killed, detained and our women have been raped by generals, and military officials. Now YOU, yes, YOU, what are you going to do about it?
    Hooooooooo, I know just keep quite and let God deal with it, right? Well, God gave me full working body and there is NO WAY I am going to let it go, I am a fighter and will fight to death.
    You brother
    London Man!

  • Teclay April 27, 2016

    It is a very good initiative. In my opinion ,that is what we have missed for so long.Even though it seems to be late,it is positive.We ended where we are,only because,we were /are totally naive.
    My suggestion:the debates and discussions should not concentrate only on the last 25 years but 100 years back….All the problems we have today are the results of our ignorance.
    በረኸት መንግስተኣብ እንታይ ኢዩ ዝበለ “ተማሃሩ ደቀይ ተማሃሩየ “, ኢሳያስ ዝብል ዘሰልጀወና ቑዛሜ ገዲፍና ፣ሓንጎልና ነስፍሕ፣ንመሃር ።እቲ ለጋስ ኣምላኽ ዝሃበና ሓንጎል ክንሓስበሉን ክንማራመረሉን እንበር ፣ሳዕሪ ከቡቑል ኣይኮነን።ወረ ናይ ገሌናስ ሳዕሪ ጥራይ ዘይኮነ፣ኣእዋም ከም ብዓል ጭዓ ዘብቆለ እዩ ዝመስል።
    ን 50 ዓመታት ኢሳያስ ይኹን ካልኦት ኣበየናይ ፈረስ ተወጢሖም ይጉዓዙ? = ኣብቲ ደንቆሮ ሓንጎል ዝመስለና ሓምሓም።
    ን 50 ዓመታት ኢሳያስ ይኹን ካልኦት ኣበይ ይዛወሩ? = ኣብቲ ኣብ ልዕሊ ክሳድና ዘሎ ሓንጎል ዝመስለና ዱባ።
    Our enemy No,. one is IGNORANCE.

    • Haile April 27, 2016

      Excellent observation.
      Remember the old tigrigna adage that goes, “meriyet entetigmeTel’si kuEnti mtsegebna belet hibay”.
      Little did the monkey know, under that scenario, she/the hibay will also no longer be alive to feed on the ku’enti. Poor hibay.
      Similarly and unfortunately here, poor Eritrean people can’t yet think differently and figure out same old ignorance and arrogance.

  • Teclay April 28, 2016

    Thank you for your comment.
    You see ,a lot of ppl deliberately or unknowingly repeat Isaias’s obstacle to the rule of low and democracy,ignoring our enemy Mr.Ignorance .
    Let us imagine (as long as imaginations is free):What would happen if the 3 mill Eritreans all moved to Norway and the 5 mill Norwegians moved to Eritrea.
    conditions:day of exchange-the 1st of may(no excuse for winter temperature).
    terms of exchange – All to all i.e,. all the democracy and well-being of the Norwegians would be given to Eritreans for free…and the poor Norwogians would face all the Ghedli’s mess to sort out.
    The test result:
    The Eritreans would start in 3 months before the beginning of the winter to ask an asylum in Sweden and Denmark;whereas, the Norwegians not only would make Eritrea a paradise but also would influence Ethiopia and East-Africa positively,in max 5 years.
    The factor???????????????

  • Organizers April 28, 2016

    Dears Teclay and all:

    That is very perceptive of you- ‘Mr. Ignorance” is the enemy of us all…in our case it has arguably become institutionalised, perhaps for a reason. The result, Eritrean scholarship has suffered tremendously and the loser is society- Eritrean society. As you suggest we should use our intellect to produce and distribute knowledge. This will help us stay objective and rationale, generate reasoned out solutions. We hope all of you will participate in the initiative by writing a paper (including Haile’s model approach) and present it as proposed. Send us your interests and abstracts.



  • Truther. As in a real one! April 29, 2016


    Let what go extactly? You think people lack bravery? You don’t think people are fully aware of the issues and problems that have yet to be solved? Who is YOU?! Please using the intelligence you possess (arguable-judging from your comment) do you think that YOU is the solution?!
    Me, as an Eritrean I am fully aware of the problems mentioned above, and I dare to take the liberty of most Eritreans or even non- Eritreans at least agreeing partially of what is listed above. So, I’m more than happy to participate, but never at the expense of our nation’s bloody history or reducing my nation to something worse than it was before the 25 years and not pretending of this mental war that is now going on between everybody! Are YOU brave enough to be real and talk truth?! I doubt it! I’m happy for the moderator to pass on my contact details to the organizers! Flooooooooating!!