Opportunities and challenges of traditional institutions and leaders in Ethiopia: The case of guraghe society
Traditional institutions and their leaders are known in the history of the world and affect the life and relationship of the people. Their nature, function and the place differs from country to country. It is unquestionable that before the establishment of formal government administration, these traditional institutions and leaders played a significant role in handling and administrating public affairs. Presently, Traditional institutions and leaders do not have same responsibility and play a function which is similar to the previous time. Their role is minimized as a result of the establishment of modern government administration and formal non-government organizations, however not totally taken by them. Traditional institutions and leaders of Guraghe are inculcated in the minds of the people. The society recognizes, trusts, respects them. It becomes part of their culture and belief. This is because the system is not taken from somewhere else; rather the people by itself established and developed it. Meaning, it is their own local solution for their local problems. Thus, they do have a great place in the mind and heart of the society. This by itself is a big asset or value of the society. This article digs out various roles or advantages of traditional institution and leaders that can be taken as an opportunity for Guraghe society to benefit from it. And also point out the current challenges that they are facing and possible solutions or recommendations are forwarded.