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Who is EIPSA?
The Ethiopian International Professional Support for Abay (EIPSA) established on the 22, June 2013, in response to the timely need for an organized and independent professional Ethiopian voice surrounding the issue of the Nile River. The majority of the Nile River flow originates in Ethiopa and carried downtream by Blue Nile, while a much smaller portion comes from the White Nile. Both rivers neet in Karthoum to form the Nile. Despite its lion share contribution to the Nile River flow, Ethiopia has never benefited from its waters for a number of reasons. Therefore, the start of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renessaince Dam (GERD) virtually remains Ethiopia’s only effort in its attempt to make use of the Blue Nile waters.
Given this, it is high time for Ethiopian Professionals to provide professional and intellectual support for such a worthy cause; and two major reasons justify that.First, the grand scale of the Dam (both interms of costs and future benefits generated) merits careful study in all aspects of its construction, use and discharge of water from the Dam that could affect downstream Nile riparian countries. Since GERD is also an integral part of the flow and use of the Nile River itself, the dynamics associated with the Nile waters also deserve careful scientific scrutiny. Second, Ethiopia’s right to use the Nile waters in general and building of the Dam in particular needs to be clearly articulated. Clearly, Ethiopia’s effort to rely on its rich water resources to eliminate poverty should be taken as a commendable step by all. However, the exhorbitantly skewed user rights conferred to downstream countries, that effectively excluded all upstream countries appears to have set the tone for any discussion regarding the Nile and Ethiopia’s construction of the Dam. As a result, for any outsider who wants to know about the Nile or the GERD, the majority of the information that is out there is misleading and usually wrong. The burden of spelling out and dissiminating a clear and compelling body of argument regarding Ethiopia’s rights on the Nile, rests on Ethiopian professionals who have the means to effectively drive Ethiopia’s point home. These are, therefore, the concerns that initated the formation of EIPSA.
Who is GKEN ?
Global Knowledge Exchange Network, GKEN, is a non-profit organisation which was established in 2010. The organisation’s main aim is to create a scientific platform for Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia – academics, researchers and practitioners – in order to implement GKEN’s noble goal of improving the quality of higher education in Ethiopia and across Africa by facilitating the exchanging of knowledge and sharing of experiences amongst the scientific community.
Bearing in mind the massive potential of African scientific knowledge scattered across the globe on the one hand and the challenges to unlock it on the other, GKEN has been working hard to connect the human capital of Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia in order to help improve the quality of education in Ethiopia and in the wider continent. To this end, GKEN has been organising and hosting yearly international conferences since 2011. GKEN has also been actively involved in championing the noble cause of knowledge exchange and experience sharing by supervising and mentoring PhD and Masters level candidates and delivering block teaching in several academic institutions across Ethiopia.
Who is We Aspire ?
We Aspire’s mission is to enhance the world’s knowledge about Africa and its people. Run by a group of educated and highly motivated volunteers who understand the value of an intellectual approach to information sharing, the group believes that by molding together knowledge, passion, humility and kindness various verticals and disciplines can be discussed and debated in order to present and share the best work to address these topics that are crucial to Africa’s advancement.