History of Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers, and Anthropologists (ESSSWA)
The official organization for sociologists in Ethiopia is the Ethiopian Society of Sociologists/Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers, and Anthropologists, commonly abbreviated as ESSSWA. With 93 founding members, ESSSWA debuted in June 1996 and was officially registered by the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice in 1997.
The purpose of its establishment is to acknowledge graduates in those disciplines and provide a national platform for their elevation. In compliance with the civil society organization proclamation ESSSWA underwent reorganization in 2019 and is now granted legal personality as a local organization.
Objective of ESSSWA
The ESSSWA has reaffirmed its commitment to helping initiatives that enhance children’s social welfare. The society’s goal is to aid Ethiopians in their improvement through using sociological, social work, and anthropological information and abilities. The objective of ESSSWA is to promote inclusive social development in Ethiopia.
The mission of Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers, and Anthropologists
- ESSSWA supports the three interrelated fields’ educational and training initiatives.
- ESSSWA aims to associate with other social science disciplines based locally, nationally, and worldwide and seeks to coordinate workshops, seminars, and exchange trips with such organizations.
- ESSSWA aims to connect with regional and worldwide professional organizations with similar goals.
- With practical research, social science disciplines may better contribute to the nation’s development.
- ESSSWA is dedicated to enhancing the social welfare of Ethiopians via the use of knowledge and skills from humanities subjects.
International outreach of ESSSWA
ESSSWA is now striving to implement programs funded by United Nations International Children’s Emergency, the Population Council, and the United States Agency for International Development, which shares its goals and objectives.
Ethiopian Society of Sociologists is a member of the International Sociological Association.
Associate, permanent, and institutional membership are the three forms of membership offered by ESSSWA.
Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers, and Anthropologists – Institutional Review Board
To assess and approve research procedures involving human study subjects, the ESSSWA Board formed the independent ESSSWA-IRB Board in 2018.
By evaluating possible risks and damage, the IRB’s goal is to safeguard the rights and welfare of human research participants.
ESSSWA has organized seventeen conferences to date.
ESSSWA and Wolkite University College of Social Sciences and Humanities jointly organized Seventeenth Annual Conference with the theme “Current internal conflicts and Coping Mechanisms in Ethiopia.”