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Industrialisation is back. After decades of policy efforts mostly focused on macroeconomic stability and opening up markets, the success of industrial policies in emerging Asian markets highlighted the importance of a co...


Fighting the Next Global Financial Crisis


Often, people criticize generals for “fighting the last war”. It is not that generals ever think they will face the same weapon systems and the same battlefields. They certainly know better. The error, to the exte...


Reconciling Narratives of Global Growth


There are three major competing growth narratives about the global economy, and each has very different implications for markets, policies and politics. Even though these story lines may seem mutually exclusive in the sh...


Global Growth Slump


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others have recently revised downwards their forecasts for global growth – yet again. Little wonder, at a time when the world economy has very few bright spots – and many tha...


How to Choose the Next Chairperson of the African Union


In the next few months, the African Union Commission (AU) is set to choose its next Chairperson: the woman or man who will lead the Commission and guide the entire continent for the next four years, or possibly eight. It...


Time for Public Transport in Meqelle


On the morning of March 22, 2016, Meqelle was hit with a strike of bajaj drivers. The three- wheeled motor vehicle is a widely used mode of transportation found mainly in the developing world. These drivers went on st...


Why Equality in Education Matters


  Today the world is doing a lacklustre job of finding sustainable solutions to global inequality. This crisis is evident in cities like Lima, Peru, where a “wall of shame” separates the wealthy neighbourhood...


Egypt’s Meddling in Ethiopia’s Backyard


A series of pleas received little interest in Somalia, Somaliland, highlighting the reduced influence of the Nile state Ethiopia has had a besieged mind-set over Egypt’s intent to keep it away from its course for ma...


Rewriting African Capitalism


Africa’s rise is real, but not assured. While many critical economic indicators - increasing gross domestic product (GDP), increasing real income per capita and increased labour market participation rates - have been r...


Universal Healthcare is Smart Economics


In September 2015, the entire world committed to 17 goals and 169 targets. In addition to eradicating poverty, this sustainable development agenda will cover economic, social and environmental issues. Economists have...


Short Shrift Re-institution of Public Prosecutor Discreditable


Regardless of its structural and operational variations between legal cultures, a public prosecution may broadly be defined as a multi-dimensional function pre-dominantly expressed in the initiation, pursuance and direct...


Negative Interest Rates as a Fishhook


Last week was time for the annual Spring Meetings of World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Many of the world’s finance and development ministers, along with business and civil society leaders, were in W...


Why Ethiopia’s Energy Future is Optimistic


Ethiopia has long realised the potential of its renewable energy. Hydro, solar, wind and geothermal resources are all contributing to in changing its economic fortune and that of its peoples. In light of these clean, abu...


Cash Trick for Sustainable Development


From 2000 to 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused minds and budgets on global poverty, significantly boosting people’s prospects in some of the world’s poorest countries. The new set of global target...


A New Paradigm to Ethiopian Politics


The protest in the Oromia State could be a steppingstone to introduce real democracy in Ethiopia. I am still optimistic that democracy and the rule of law is possible in Ethiopia. For the last many decades, the oft-pr...


Desperate Times, Desperate Measures


With most advanced economies experiencing anemic recoveries from the 2008 financial crisis, their central banks have been forced to move from conventional monetary policy - reducing policy rates via open-market purchases...


Editorial

To the shock of many people a building around Summit in the Bole Distri...


Agenda

Road maintenance in Addis Abeba has been a bone of contention between c...


Fineline

The manner in which the current leadership of the O...


Commentary

The concept of climate insurance is not new in developed countries, but...


Viewpoint

Exactly 26 years ago a close relative of mine died from kidney failure.


Opinion

For the Europeans, the late 19th century was a great period of industri...


View From Arada

The recent passing of Professor Richard Pankhurst has been the news aro...


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