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 towns of the state expanded to eventually engulf...


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 felt. No one could be...


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 schools,...


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 within the ruling coalition - h...


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 the potenti...


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, injustice, inequality, volatility,...


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 seen trying to bring balance to th...


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 the number is likely is to grow in...


Complete Overhaul to Public Procurement System Essential


There has never been a time in the history of the modern Ethiopian state that corruption has been the major headache of the establishment like now. The issue has become an integral part of the political economy and the r...


Competitiveness Ought to be Government’s Focus


Indices and rankings, especially those meant to show systemic gaps, are often treated with a huge grain of salt within the camp of the Revolutionary Democrats. The overall attitude is to bash them as neoliberal instrumen...


Demolishing Distrust Between State, Private Sector


As the new government to be led by the re-elected Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn warms up to get into the real job, after months of procedural politics, new feelings are emerging in every corner of life in the natio...


No Legislative Success without Vibrant Mix of Ideas


The limelight of the past week was all about the power dynamics of the nation that came with the start of the new legislative year and a new legislature. Consequent to the last national and regional election, in which th...


As the SDG Era Dawns, Ethiopia Needs Functional Monitoring System


The United Nations General Assembly held last week at its headquarters, in New York was unusually packed. Heads of State and governments across the world gathered to discuss pertinent global challenges, from climate chan...


Light Rail: Cheers to Alternative, Thumbs Up for Gov’t!


Excitement fills the air in Addis Abeba. News headlines compete to capture the feeling and essence of the project. Comparisons with shelved projects across the Sub-Saharan Africa are being made to further the magnanimity...


Lower Level Political Commitment a Sine Qua Non to Quality Education


As education is one crucial area of policy making in a government, not least one with self-proclaimed affiliation with the farming population, the start of the academic year often brings a new wave of hype within the pol...


Clear Plan on Private Sector Support Vital for Growth


The drawing board of the Revolutionary Democrats is messy these days. Performance reports, drafts, feedback, political priorities and power arrangements are all over the table, waiting for decisions from the core leaders...


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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