Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Jalale Getachew Birru

Doctoral Student

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Jalale Getachew Birru is a doctoral candidate at Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, under the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP): Managing Fragility- Critical Perspectives on Good Governance. Her doctoral research deals with the peacebuilding through democratization process in conflict-torn plus ethnically divided countries. Her research is supervised by Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter.

After completing her high school, she studied law at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. For the fulfillment of L.L.B she wrote her thesis titled “Fire Brigade without Fire Engine: Analyzing the UN’s Peacekeeping Functions Based on the Rwanda Genocide and the Somalia Conflict”. Then she worked as Public Prosecutor and Attaché (Legal Advisor) at the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia consecutively.

In 2009, she was awarded with the Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG) scholarship by DAAD to do her Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) at Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. She specialized on International relations and International political economy fields and her thesis focused on the role of peacebuilding on the democratization process: towards sustainable peace or another conflict? While studying her masters she did an internship at African, and African American Studies Department of Pennsylvania State University, USA. During this time she prepared a report outlining the most important characteristics of traditional African institutions of justice, identifying their strengths and limitations in conflict resolution. In addition, she became a member of African Good Governance Network (AGGN).

After her M.P.P. studies, she did an internship at German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, as guest researcher and participated on the research project titled "The Role of Angolan Ex- Combatants in Society, Politics and the Economy". Then she moved back to Ethiopia and worked at Peace and Development Center (PDC), a local NGO, as a Peace Project Officer. She was responsible for managing a project titled “Sustained Dialogue (SD)” which was funded by Life and Peace Institute (LPI). Then she worked as Human Rights Education and Communication Officer at PDC. During this time she managed a project titled “Disseminating Human and Democratic Rights and Responsibilities education in SNNPR". She have working experience in facilitating trainings, formulating training manuals, fundraising and project proposal writing.

Her primary research interests include: peacebuilding, democratization process in conflict-torn countries, conflict resolution, conflict management, traditional conflict resolution methods, conflict-torn countries, ethno-political conflicts and international law.



Birru, Jalale Getachew/Wolff, Jonas (2017): Negotiating International Civil Society Support. The Case of Ethiopia's 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation, PRIF Working Papers No. 36, Frankfurt/M.

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Willy Brandt School Doctoral Students Participated at Workshop on "Peace and Conflict in the Horn of Africa"

·         On June 9, 2017 Mrs. Birru and Mr. Wakhu were among the panelist of the workshop on “Peace and Conflict in the Horn of Africa” organized by the Institute of "Gobalgeschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts" at the University of Erfurt. During this workshop, Mrs. Birru reflected on building peace through hybrid systems while Mr. Wakhu reflected on the nexus between counter-terrorism and compliance to human rights. 

Guest Researcher at Leibniz sponsored Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

  ·      From February until April 2017, Jalale Getachew Birru joins the Leibniz sponsored Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) to work on her thesis and collaborate with Jonas Wolff on a contribution to the External Democracy Promotion Network’s (EDP) special issue project on democracy promotion negotiation. For the detail please follow these links:

      Willy Brandt School Doctoral Students Participated at the First “Science Fair Day” Organized by Erfurt University

Erfurt University organized the first Science Fair day on June 30, 2016. The program was inaugurated by the Vice President of Forschung und Nachwuchsförderung (Research and Career Development/Graduate studies) Prof. Dr. Susanne Rau. She stated that the event is the first one to be held at the university and its aim is to introduce what kind of researches is being held at the university. Furthermore, she stated that the plan to held such kinds of events each year.

The Science Fair combined a poster presentation of researched conducted by the university’s professors, post-doc researchers as well as doctoral researchers and different panel discussions. The doctoral students of Willy Brandt School Ms. Jalale G. Birru, Mr. Khalil Bitar. Ms. Anwesha Ghosh and Ms. Heidi Ross presented their respective researches during this event.