Institute of Omotic Languages & Culture Studies (IOLCS)



The Institute of Omotic Languages and Culture studies at Wolaita Sodo University is in the process of establishing with mandates to conduct researches on and with indigenous peoples and conducts and coordinates scholastic, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research activities on indigenous studies with a central focus area of south of Ethiopia. Moreover, the institute is mandated to collect, preserve and display tangible and intangible materials of the indigenous peoples mainly in the southern and south west part of the country. Furthermore, it aims at providing trainings in interdisciplinary master’s and PhD programmers in indigenous studies in order to contribute to solving the shortage of trained human power in areas of language development, indigenous resource management, conflict resolution, heritage preservation and development, history, culture and governance. 


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The Institute of Omotic Languages & Culture Studies envisages being one of the best research and academic institutes in Omotic Languages and Culture studies in Ethiopia and Recognized research institute in East Africa by 2028.


  •   Realize the promotion, preservation and investigation of indigenous knowledge of the diverse ethnic groups of Southern Ethiopia with particular emphasis to peoples at the periphery (Ometo Cluster).


  • Explore the traditional values, local knowledge, institutions and customs of the societies for development, peace and democracy.


  • Engage in, through scholarly research, indigenous peoples’ issues such as language standardization, literature, folklore, history, climate change, ethno-medicine, local innovations, intellectual property rights, and eco-tourism and heritage management.


  • Conduct research activities dealing with political, social and economic equality of nations and nationalities, and uncover indigenous peoples’ marginalizing trends in southern Ethiopia and beyond;


  • Collect and display cultural heritages of the societies, thus promoting balanced tourism economy from which the subject peoples become primary beneficiaries.


  • Promote, through different symposia, interaction with the wider academic community and policy makers so that the insights of the indigenous studies be disseminated in the best interest of the indigenous peoples.

  • undertaking indigenous research activities on identified priorities and that are viable, efficient and useful to the local stakeholders and global academia.


  • Working on challenges facing indigenous peoples and exert possible efforts of alleviation with close cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organizations working on local peoples’ issues.


  • Disseminating research outputs through presentation on academic conferences, publication in reputable national and international journals, and online;


  • Networking with national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations working on native communities and providing consultancy services;


  • Hosting different stakeholders interested in conducting research on indigenous peoples of South Ethiopia and providing necessary assistances; and


  • Developing unique graduate and postgraduate curricula to train students in order to help increase in cultivation of human knowledge in Omotic Languages & Culture studies.

  • Potentials by prioritization for researches and Community services

  1. Omotic Culture StudiesPotentials by prioritization for researches and Community services

  2. Training Centers

  3. Social science and related researches and community services

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