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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A new United Nations report indicates greater regularity in holding elections in Africa since the beginning of the 1990s has not nec­essarily enhanced their value as sec­tarian mobilization, intimidation and violence have often turned polls into conflict trig­gers rather than instruments for resolving differences.
The statement is made by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), which is set to launch the third edition of the Africa Governance Report (AGR III) on Thursday June 5 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This Report focuses on the theme: “Elections and Management of Diversity”.
The ECA and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have worked closely in producing the report since the diversity of populations in many African countries had made it essential that the dynamics surrounding the holding of elections and the management of diversity on the African continent be examined.
Both the ECA and UNDP highlight that the Report’s findings are a reflection of the situation across the continent: “We also ask ourselves whether African elections promote inclusiveness and participation and improve the quality of governance,” they state in the Foreword.
“To uncover some answers, we conducted extensive research, including surveys and focus group discussions in 40 African countries,” add the heads of the two institutions.
Among the Report’s key findings is the fact that electoral stability and the management of diversity are better promoted through the proportional, rather than the majoritarian, representation system.
The Report also says that resolving issues like the quality of elections, how the constitution promotes diversity, how deeply embedded diversity is in pub­lic and democratic institutions, and the capacity of the state to mediate and rise above sectarian interests is central to consolidating the demo­cratic transition.
Institutional capacity, relative autonomy, resources as well as the quality and integrity of judicial officers also need to be addressed.
On the issue of governance, the Report indicates that overall, Africa has made pro­gress, with some indicators, including respect for human rights and the rule of law, legislative capacity, civil soci­ety engagement and civil liberties.
This notwithstanding, progress remains low and has not allowed for the strengthening of democratization in the continent.
It is expected that the recommendations provided in the third edition of the AGR will guide African governments in strengthening elections and the management of diversity.
Source http://newbusinessethiopia.com/index.php/hot-issues/africa/820-elections-regulatory-in-africa-yet-to-deepen-democracy

Natural Attraction in Sidama

The magnificent natural scenery & hot spring water in the Sidama zone include: Wondo Genet, Burqito Gidabo, etc.  Like wise the zone is blessed with spectacular water falls; Logita Fall Sidama 120km from Hawassa with torrential sound and Bonora Fall Sidama 135km from Hawassa cataract & blue winged birds

There are two areas proposed as protected wildlife reserve that are now being delimited.

Garamba Mountain is the highest point in the zone. It is located at a distance of 363 km from Addis Ababa, 84 km distance from Hawassa, and also only 14 km away from Yaye (District main town).
The height of the mountain is between 2800m and 3360m. The mountain is surrounded by bamboo forest; and it is convenient for tourists who have mountain trekking hobby. The mountain is home for various wildlife and bird species. There is an attractive topography round the foot of the mountain. One can watch Bale Mountains from here.

Loka-abaya Reserved (protected) Area: This is a tropical place and with an area of 500 km2. The land is bordered with Lake Abbaya in the South, with BilateRiver in the east, and with Boricha district (Woreda) and Loka Abbaya district in the north and east, respectively. It is located at distances of 338 km, 65 km and 10k m from Addis Ababa, Hawassa and Hantate the District town, respectively. There are many wildlife and bird species in the area. The hospitality of the community living around there is very pleasing.

Its natural scenery is breathtaking and gives tranquility for soul. The zone is an ideal place for eco-tourism development. In the zone, there are some exemplary works on this regards. Like Aregash Lodge with its natural scenery and a convergence of modern accommodation with typical Sidaman tukul, art and design; Logita Fall Lodge designed and constructed in traditional Sidama hut and Wondo Genet is a beautiful flowering, forested district, filled with lush vegetation and varied wildlife. Natural hot springs are the central attraction. A small resort has been built with naturally filled pools for adults and children in a good hotel. Wondo Genet is one of the old resort s in the region with swimming pool and hot spring water.
Read more here @ www.visitsidama.com
ሀዋሳ ከተማ በሜዳው ኢትዮጵያ መድህንን አስተናግዶ 1 አቻ ሲለያይ ፥ በሊጉ ግርጌ የሚገኘው ኢትዮጵያ መድህን በበኩሉ ሶስት ነጥብ ከሀዋሳ ባለማግኘቱ በሊጉ ለመቆየት የመቆየቱ ነገር አጣብቂኝ ውስጥ እንዲገባ አድርጎታል

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