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Yeshiwas Degu Belay is a PhD student at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS/EUR) and University of Iceland. He is a PhD grant recipient of the Gender Studies and Training Programme (GRO GEST) at the University of Iceland funded by the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

His research aims to examine how the national and international actors interact to mainstream Women, Peace and Security agenda (WPS) in peacekeeping settings by looking at Ethiopia’s peacekeeping engagements, from historical and contemporary perspectives. 

Yeshiwas holds MA in International Security from the University of Groningen and MA in Development Studies from ISS/EUR. In addition, he holds a Postgraduate diploma in International Gender Equality Studies from GRO GEST, University of Iceland. Currently, he is member of research team at IHE Delft working on media, science, and water diplomacy project. Previously, he was faculty member at the College of Law and Governance of Mekelle University, Ethiopia. He performed various tasks and positions including member of research and community services executive office and coordinator of department postgraduate programs.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master, International Relations/ International Security, University of Groningen

Award Date: 1 Jun 2019

Postgraduate Diploma, International Gender Equality Studies, University of Iceland

Award Date: 25 May 2017

Master, Development Studies (Human rights, Gender and Conflict Studies), International Institute of Social Studies

Award Date: 13 Dec 2013

Master, Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University

Award Date: 24 Jun 2010


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