Institute of African Governance and Development


It is a well-documented fact that the Horn of Africa region has, until recently, been experiencing, both natural and human-driven catastrophes of horrendous proportions. The calamities unequivocally point to the need for good governance and better socio-economic development strategies to bring about holistic regional sustainable development to the region of about 300 million people. From that perspective, and in view of the Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU) capacity built, experience gained and strategically unique opportunities, the Horn Institute of Good Governance and Development (HIGAD) is instituted for mutual benefit of its member states. HIGAD is established with the approval of the Parliament of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. HIGAD envisions to develop intellectual capacity for visionary and dedicated public service policy makers, executive managers and leaders in the Horn of Africa who share universal vision of a prosperous region distinguished by and known for good governance, peaceful co-existence mutual understanding between the peoples of the region and beyond, prosperity, social justice, optimism, and complete liberation from chronic intolerance, poverty and other forms of human misery and deprivation. Distinguished HIGAD member states include: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda

As a regional Institute, HIGAD seeks to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • Provide academic programs and research studies at graduate level, including: Master’s, Executive Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Good Governance and Development;
  • Design and provide targeted and tailor-made short-term executive training on governance and socio-economic development for senior public servants of the region to promote peace-building, good governance and development through education and training;
  • Undertake research activities within the broader area of public capacity building and the specific areas of governance and development, with a view to facilitating better understanding of the development challenges and practical needs of the region;
  • Develop and enhance research and consultancy capabilities for civil servants in the region, especially in areas of public sector governance and socio-economic development;
  • Organize international conferences, workshops, symposia and regular colloquiums;
  • Engage regional leaders and professionals in collaborative discourse and dialogue regarding sustainable regional development through synergized capacity building in the areas of public sector governance and sustainable socio-economic development; and
  • Serve as centre of excellence for dialogue, and as engine for research in innovative e-Services, good governance and sustainable social-economic development strategies and policies within the African context, but with a regional focus.

Programs and Activities

  • Academic Programs
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Governance and Development;
    • Master of Arts (MA) in Governance and Development;
    • Executive Master of Arts (Ex MA) in Governance and Development;
    • Research, archives and publications.
  • Competence Development and Knowledge Sharing Training
    • Diverse, short-term executive training/block, seminars/tailored workshops.
  • Other activities
    • Conferences, Symposia, Workshops and Colloquiums; and
    • Consultancy Training and Capacity Building.

With concerted planning and preparation, the Horn Institute Governance and Development envisages starting operations in September 2015


The special scope of the Institute calls for collaboration through partnerships and strategic alliances with a broad spectrum of national, regional, continental, and international organizations involved in capacity building undertakings in general, and public sector governance and sustainable development in particular. Such collaboration could include organizations such as IGAD, the African Union Commission (AU-C), the Africa Capacity Building Programme (ACBP), the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank Institute (WBI), the United Nations University (UNU), Pan-African University (PAU), and other peace-building, governance and development oriented institutions. Such collaboration could take various forms including:

  1. Research grants;
  2. Scholarships;
  3. Exchange programmes;
  4. General Financial Support;
  5. Learning Materials;
  6. Staffing;
  7. Training;
  8. Contact, Sabbaticals and Internships;
  9. Workshops, Conferences and Symposia;
  10. Administrative Support;
  11. Advocacy.


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