Transition from war to peace: The Ethiopian DDR experience

The Ethiopian (1991-1997) Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) program is an understudied example of success. What scholarly literature does address the Ethiopian process, tends to focus solely on technical aspects and impact assessment. This paper offers a comprehensive review of the rationale, principles, design, implementation and outcomes of the program in the context of the transition from war to peace. While the paper references some secondary studies, it draws heavily on the memory and experience of the author, who served as the head of the program from its design to conclusion.

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