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When the impact of the drought in Ethiopia began to be felt earlier this year, Save the Children was ready to work with the government and react quickly. Save the Children has helped in every drought since 1974, and pers...


A Healthy India-Africa Friendship


At last month’s India-Africa summit in Delhi, Prime Minister Narindra Modi met 54 African Heads of State to discuss ways of deepening economic and security relationships between these countries. Also on the agenda was...


Code Red to Ethiopia


On the dusty plains outside Erer in Ethiopia’s east, the rotting carcasses of cows, goats, donkeys and camels bake under the hot African sun, fodder for hungry vultures and stealthy hyenas. Until recently, 40-year-old...


World Bank Draws Poverty Line


For a long time, I was a happy user of the World Bank’s data on global poverty, tracking trends and analysing cross-country patterns. I seldom paused to think about how those numbers were computed. Then, three years...


Where Do the Teachers Go?


Teachers who are working in the education system of our country are leaving for different reasons. I am not talking about the incompetent ones whose departure could be considered as opportunities for the system. What I w...


The Good Governance Saga


Weeding out corruption is a complex processes. Aside from the perception and the level of trust that society accords to institutions, the professionalism and commitment exhibited by investigative bodies has paramount imp...


Fashionomics


The rising tide of undocumented economic migrants from West Africa, the Horn of Africa, and other regions arriving on Europe’s shores is a wake-up call for the urgent need to create more jobs for youth, and for women.


Away from the World Bank


The elephants in the room at the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting in Lima, Peru, were the China-inspired Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and New Development Bank (or “BRICS Developm...


WEAK STATES, POOR COUNTRIES


  In Scotland, I was brought up to think of policemen as allies and to ask one for help when I needed it. Imagine my surprise when, as a 19-year-old on my first visit to the United States, I was met by a stream o...


NOTHING LIKE FREE TRADE


As negotiators and ministers from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries meet in Atlanta in an effort to finalise the details of the sweeping new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), some sober analysis is warr...


Sustainable Governance Goals


To those who claim that conventional politics does not bring change, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS), adopted here in New York by the United Nations 15 years ago, are a powerful riposte. Not everything contained...


Meetings are Means not Ends


These days, partial closing of government offices is becoming customary. Posting notifications saying, “Meeting” and “No Service Due to General Meeting” has become easy. This is not to mention other causes of ser...


Banking Gaps


There are many indicators that show the low level of banking in Ethiopia. One such indicator is the bank to person ratio. Based on the 2013/14 National Bank of Ethiopia’s (NBE) report, branch per people ratio is around...


Partnership for Industrialisation


In less than eight months, close to a quarter-million migrants, many from Africa, have arrived in Europe by sea - more than in all of 2014 - and the tide shows no signs of stopping. Some are fleeing wars and persecution;...


China Is Changing


Much Western criticism of Chinese policy responses to the equity market sell-off as clumsy and ineffective, misreads critical points on China. Common views expressed are that Chinese officials do not fully understand how...


The Offshore Finance Myth


Africa has the opportunity to quadruple its economy by 2040, but to do so it will need to find 11.4 trillion dollars in extra investment over that period, according to a Capital Economics report commissioned by Jersey Fi...


Editorial

Last week Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Abeba, was in attendance for the...


Agenda

Despite widespread concerns over foreign exchange crunch in the economy...


Fineline

There could perhaps be no political party in the wo...


Commentary

With recent events in the country such as mild earthquakes, the need to...


Viewpoint

Though Ethiopia is the first African country to make modern laws, inclu...


Opinion

In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a...


View From Arada

A mountain of garbage that had accumulated in "koshe" gave way to a lan...


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