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...


Africa’s Typhoid Risk


Typhoid fever all but disappeared from Western countries in the 20th century through massive improvements in water and sanitation. It happened after causing untold misery and death in its newly industrialising but unsani...


ethio telecom’s Faulty Choice Theory


There are many infuriating intrusions of privacy that living in our fair nation entails. A person associating higher value to himself would certainly have frequent exasperation. From a taxi assistant that pushes one t...


Living with China Inc.


My discussion with a high-level diplomat last week made me question the world order in which we are living. In the middle of our discussion, which was largely about Ethiopia’s growth experience and its role in African...


New Faces of State Failure


As compared to the popular concept of market failure, wherein markets fail to function according to the basic rules of supply and demand, state failure is a relatively new phenomenon. It implies a situation where the act...


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


Fineline

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


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


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View From Arada

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


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