New Year’s Cattle Shortage Threatens Festive Feast



For Tadelle Sheferaw, a cattle trader from Gondar, 725km north of Addis Abeba, this could be one of the worst seasons of all. He has been limited for the past two months from selling his cattle to Addis Abeba's market.


Buckle Up: Local Car Assemblers Gear Up Towards Emerging Market


Abel Estifanos has been driving his car for the past three years. He had previously made up his mind to buy a used car, but after learning that brand new cars assembled locally have sufficient spare parts and zero mileag...


Land of Concerns


The past year has been an extraordinary one for the country’s tourism sector, in so many different ways. The transformation initiative, record high revenue and unsettled issues within the industry, coupled with the cha...


Humanitarian Situation Critical Despite Improvements


Amongst the various narratives of turmoil, health crises and drought, alongside counter narratives, many have brought forth good news to the boundaries of Ethiopia. The Joint Government and Humanitarian Partners’ Et...


The Spinning Supply, Worsening Transport


Tadele Badisho is among the more than 150 heads of families to have recently settled in Bole District Wereda 3. He was moved from his neighbourhood and home of the past 15 years. As a squatter, he was not entitled for co...


As Ethiopia Completes Generation Change, Rio Poses More Questions than Answers


Sixty years ago next month was when it all started. After joining the Olympic movement a few years earlier, Ethiopia decided to send its first ever contingent to the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. And, as a si...


Calm on the Surface, Bubbling Tension Underneath


In North Gondar, 725km north of the capital, except the sight of burnt buildings, broken glasses here and there and the presence of a rather large number of uniformed police officers, the city’s day-to-day routine and...


Land Lease Prices Continue to Balloon in Addis


In the nation's capital, Addis Abeba, the price of land is perpetually increasing, while the size of plots made available for lease have continued to decline, as evidenced by the land leased during this past year. “...


D-Day for Ethiopia’s Textiles Industry


Fistum Hagos seems well aware of the risks involved with investing into the textile sector. With his familiarity of the nitty-gritty of the sector for so long as a supplier of accessories to the manufacturers and later m...


Cholera Outbreak Threat in Addis


Melese Kebede was rushing to get his wife timely treatment when Fortune met him in the early hours of Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She was in a critical health condition; horribly weak from her unstoppable loss of fluid thro...


Public Health Concerns in Booming Bottled Water Sector


With the changing lifestyle of Ethiopia’s urban population, the use of treated and bottled water has been increasing exponentially. The number of factories involved in the mineral water is also enormous. It was in the...


Businesses, Consumers Bear Brunt of Hoax Circulated on Goods


One week after World Blood Donors Day, the staff and administration of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS), located on Ras Abebe Aregay Street, are still overwhelmed by the huge turnout of donors on the day. The other...


Rent Price, Building Numbers Go Symmetrically Up


Jemila Mohammed was busy packing her items, mainly accessories and the clothing of Muslim women, hijabs, on her display shelves on the morning of hours June 12, 2016. She, along with other shopkeepers, was busy setting u...


New Budget Questioned Based on Auditor’s Report


Abdulaziz Mohammed, minister of Finance & Economic Cooperation, made his first budget speech since he took office from his predecessor, the long-service former finance minister, Sufian Ahmed. However, the budget deba...


Despair, Hope Over Squatters Housing Rights in Addis Abeba


On the evening of May 17, 2016, anxious heads of families came together in the field where their children have been playing for about four years on average. It was not to recount their days or discuss some development is...


Agent Banking: Banks’ New Venture


Looking at the banners and posters posted on the entrance of small shops, Internet cafes and beauty salons around Addis Abeba, one would learn that something new is happening. To the amazement of an observer, the adverti...


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