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Ever tried reading in public, like at a café? The experience is something akin to smoking in a lecture class. It is so awkward. People are simply not used to doing, or seeing, such things. Not in Ethiopia anyway. Cafés...


Unburdening the Facebook Generation


Once again, young people have been on the short end of the political stick. The outcome of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum is but another reminder of the yawning generational divide that cuts across political af...


Is Freedom Real?


Thucydides - whose name I wouldn’t try to pronounce in front a self-respecting crowd – was a revered Greek historian who once said that the great secret to happiness was freedom. He also added that freedom is only co...


Al-Shabaab’s Capability Waning


A string of military and tactical reverses by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab over the past month could indicate signs of its declining capability and loss of common support, according to security analysts. This is despit...


Time Bomb of Debt


Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) recognise the distinct advocate’s role of the World Bank and its will to help as rapidly as possible. However, effective payments tend to lag far behind the approvals. Furthermore,...


The Future of Computing


Ever since the American computer scientist John McCarthy coined the term “Artificial Intelligence” in 1955, the public has imagined a future of sentient computers and robots that think and act like humans. Such a fut...


Leaving High Office Isn’t Enough


In every country and every continent, the quality and contribution of leadership in government is critical. It is Presidents and Prime Ministers who have the responsibility of assessing the risks, choosing the correct pr...


Do Elections in Africa Favour Leadership Changes?


When voters go the polls the world over, they supposedly do so because they have a chance to choose, among competing candidates, the leaders that govern them for four-to-five years. And they expect their choice to have s...


Libraries: A New Frontier for Ethiopia


The role that libraries in Africa could play in reducing poverty has not been sufficiently recognised and hence the necessary policy development and investment in the library network have not yet been made. Policymakers...


Remittances under Threat


For poor countries, the value of remittances is enormous. Since 1996, remittances have been worth more than all overseas development aid (ODA), and for most of the past decade more than private debt and portfolio equity...


A Way Out of Debt Distress


The most talked economic performance of Ethiopia is evidently happening with considerably increasing domestic and external vulnerabilities. The economic grew by 8.7pc in 2014/15, supported by the booming manufacturing an...


Fight to Curb Housing Inflation, Losing Battle


Currently, we observe a frothy construction boom in the infrastructure and housing sector, to meet the demand of a dramatic rise in the population of cities. This is driven by the influx from rural and semi-urban areas,...


GERD Redraws Nile Game Plan


Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian, called the fertile land of Egypt, the Nile’s gift. Countless Egyptian leaders have rattled their sabres in defence of the water supply. If Egypt is made to feel at the mercy of it...


Journey to Equitable Finances


Regional and global leaders gathered for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Kigali, Rwanda, last week to celebrate Africa’s decades-long progress in economic growth and poverty reduction - and to talk about the future.


Towards a Clean City


Breathing is a challenge in Addis Abeba. Sitting at 2,300 metres above sea-level, it is one of the highest capital cities in the world. Even those who can handle the elevation are toppled by the black exhaust that puffs...


Costly Mismatch


Ever since my early days of professional engagement, I have had a sense of discomfort about the nexus between commitment and reward. That I have started working in the public sector, in and of itself, means that there is...


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View From Arada

It has been almost six months since the announcement of the state of em...


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