Reclaiming Popular Mandate for Legitimacy Crisis in Oromia


Oromia is in disorder. Protests and violence continue to rock a region of 35 million people. It has become impossible to predict the state of affairs there. What started as…


Constitutionalism Flourishes When All Ideas Contend

There is a growing tendency within the rank and file of the ruling party to consider the Constitution as a sacred document not to be debated, argued against and maintain…


Inclusive Urbanisation Sustains Development

It is common to see people arguing that the ruling Revolutionary Democrats are yet to get used to the flashy lights of urban centres. Strictly speaking, this comment is all…


Market-Oriented Service Offer Bridges WTO Accession

The statement that came out of the office of the ruling EPRDF last week was different from the usual ones. An outcome of the permanent monthly meeting of the executive…


Bottom-Up Competiveness Empowers Local Construction Capacity

Except, perhaps, for the brief period of Italian occupation, never in the history of Ethiopia, has there been a government so fond of public investment in construction. The Revolutionary Democrats…


Fiscal Volatility Impedes Economic Stability

There is one macroeconomic contradiction that most Ethiopians witness these days. If taken at its face value, it makes no sense. Whereas the global oil price is declining to a…


Planning Without Accountability Serves Politics Only

The last time Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn appeared in front of the 547 Members of Parliament (MPs), dominantly from his ruling coalition, the agenda on the table was the Second…


Diplomatic Reluctance over Renaissance Dam Risks Historic Gains

History has it that the Nile River, considered the longest river system in the world, has been the major cause of animosity between Ethiopia and Egypt. Sudan, another major regional…


Sustainable Peace Comes with Owning Issues

What happened around Oromia, one of the largest states of Ethiopia, over the past four weeks took everyone by surprise. A student protest that emerged in one of the small…


Delaying Devaluation Burdens Economy

Foreign exchange shortage has remained a recurring problem within the Ethiopian economy. There never had been a time, except for a relatively unprecedented build-up in 2010/11, that shortage was not…


People Need to be Heard

Student protests around Oromia dominated the headlines of mainstream and social media in Ethiopia over the past two weeks. The protests, largely involving students of higher education institutions and secondary…


Costly Shocks as State Sidelines Learning

Much of the form, structure and operations of the state under the command of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn – who seems to be consolidating power by standing firm against opportunists…


Blanket Banking Regulation Serves No Purpose

There is hardly any industry which has benefited as much from the economic growth the Revolutionary Democrats are proudly talking about, as the financial industry. Enhanced economic monetization has unleashed…


Government Communication Machinery Requires Overhaul

If there is one project that defines the era of the Revolutionary Democrats, it is image building. They labour so much to dissociate themselves from the negative pictures of starvation,…


Tackling Corruption from the Inside Out

The world of the ruling Revolutionary Democrats is being bombarded with multiple urgencies. It seems that the issues that need their attention never end. Stretched as they are, they are…


Playing Politics with Drought, Dangerous

A little over eight million people are in need of emergency food assistance in Ethiopia. The number entails about ten per cent of the nation’s population. Latest projections show that…


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