Road Maintenance Divides Addis Residents



As city commuter Sara Tesfaye, 32, wait for a taxi on Roosevelt Street, dust was swirling about her. But she was still optimistic about the city's streets. “The roads have definitely been getting better,” she says...


Late Payments Derail Machinery Rental Business


Ashenafi Beza has been in the business of renting out construction machinery  for the past five years. Like many others, it was Addis Abeba’s construction boom that attracted him to the machinery rental business. The...


Businesses Buckle Under Forex Crunch


Colonial Décor Furniture, a business that sells imported household furniture from Indonesia, will temporarily cease operations after 15 years. Soaring rents and slowing business have forced Habtamu Semu, the owner, to p...


Bright Prospect for Local Mobile Assemblers


[gallery]   Birhan Abera's electronics shop is one of a few mobile phone distributors located inside Addis Abeba Mall. Her shop has been an agent for a local mobile assembler called Tecno Mobile for the past t...


New Waste Pickup System Causes Headaches


Addis Abeba is transforming its waste management system to make it more streamlined and automated, but the changeover is causing some growing pains to residents who complain about untimely pickup of waste from homes and...


ATM Woes Plague Customers


Temperamental and out of service ATMs are not new to bank customers in Addis Abeba. But the latest reports involve a new problem: machines have reportedly not been giving customers the cash that they request. There doesn...


Hiccups in Remittance Flow Around Holidays


Holidays can come with good and bad surprises. The holiday season is a time where banks rush to have their hands on every possible remittance sent via a remittance service operator. Usually, the flow of remittances reach...


Christmas Trees : A festive season must have


Addis has lit up in red and gold with the shine of Christmas trees and decorations. The most significant competitors that highlight this atmosphere are the hotels and malls. Christmas has become known in Addis Abeba as t...


Workers’ Safety a Growing Concern


The morning of August 4, 2016 was an unfortunate one for 11 employees of Defense Construction Enterprise (DCE) at a work site located along Africa Avenue. They were carrying out their jobs as usual. However, they found...


Dam if You Do, Dam if You Don’t


Hydroelectric power is clean, green and once built, the source of the energy is free. However, human made structures such as dams have the potential to wreak havoc on the natural environment of people who’ve been pl...


The Tangled Tale Behind Sugar Shortage


Shewaye Lemma is a shopkeeper who has been working in an EtFruit shop for the past three years. The shop sells mostly food items such as oil, fruits and vegetables, and sanitation materials. All these items are in hig...


Rise in Parallel Forex Market Raises Concern


“I don’t know who they are and they don’t know who I am,” says an illegal hard currency dealer, explaining his relationship to his customers. “We just exchange the currency. People come and go, just like that....


A Hike on Price, Demand for Three Wheeler Vehicles


Anyone who is a fan of Indian movies will be familiar with the sight of the overcrowded streets of Delhi teeming with the three-wheeled auto-rickshaws, commonly known as Bajaj. They derive their name from the brand that...


Night Time Blues Getting Better


Addis’s nightlife has always been an active and vibrant experience. No matter what people’s tastes, choices are always available, from quiet restaurants, to traditional taverns and ultra modern lounges. However, afte...


Banks Stretch Balancing Expenses, Staff Retention


Wondem Berhane, 35, is one of the 28,000 employees of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia. He was a part of the Bank’s multifaceted reforms in its human resource management. During his short stay at the Bank his salary...


Getting Used to President Trump


The tone for the day was set early on; a bright, mildly warm and sunny morning with a breathy touch of the fall air. A group of non-American journalists were on their way to report on the most heated and rigorously fough...


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