Payment Plan for Universal Education



The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which the international community adopted in September, 2015, include a commitment to provide every child with access to free primary and secondary education by 2030. Finding the...


Reconstructing Disability’s Status Quo


On January 23 each year, Berkeley, California, and the International Disability Movement commemorate their monumental hero and pioneer, Edward Verne Roberts, known worldwide as, Ed Roberts. The day is dubbed Ed Roberts D...


Return of Capital Fundamentalism


The idea that public investment in infrastructure – roads, dams, power plants, and so forth – is an indispensable driver of economic growth has always held powerful sway over the minds of policymakers in poor countri...


Cancer: Africa’s Silent Killer


When one walks through cancer wards of public sector hospitals in Africa, the scenes are reminiscent of the battle to get AIDS treatment underway in the early 2000s. But now, hospital beds once filled with AIDS patients...


Technology: A Third Force


For centuries, we have tried to understand how our “animal nature” shapes our behaviour. Are we preordained by our genes to be who we are? Or are we products of our environment, that is, how we are raised and taug...


Global Trade’s Costly Dilemma


Given the end of the Doha Round as we have known it, a major rethink of the WTO’s tariff-cutting approach is in order. What might tariff liberalisation negotiations for emerging economies look like if economists, in...


Ethics of Corporate Social Responsibility


Traditionally, corporations were responsible only to their owners; and their primary and only objective was profit maximization. Corporations’ responsibility towards the community and the environment in which they oper...


A Search for Productive Equilibrium


With the introduction of new technologies such as fertiliser and hybrid seeds, agricultural productivity has experienced an unprecedented rise in the past decades in almost all parts of the world. Not so in Sub-Saharan A...


Importing Exports


Exports have nothing to do with satisfying people’s basic needs, such as education, health care, housing, power, water, telecoms, security, the rule of law, and recreation. But why should countries give precedence to s...


Commodity Conundrum


The global commodity super-cycle is hardly a new phenomenon. Though the details vary, primary commodity exporters tend to act out the same story, and economic outcomes tend to follow recognizable patterns. But the elemen...


The End of Low Interest Rates


The past two decades have witnessed an extraordinary decline in both short- and long-term interest rates in the leading advanced economies, from levels of around four to six per cent in the 1990s to close to zero today.


Powers of Agent Banking


In October 2015, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) came up with a new regulation to make the financial industry sound. In the eyes of private banks, the regulation is a disaster. They argue that it is a mechanism to ma...


Banking – A Fight for the Cream


Based on the report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Ethiopian financial market development is one of the least developed in the world. This translates into efficiency, trustworthiness, availability, affordability and...


The Climate Crossroads


Africa is at a crossroads. How the continent chooses - and is supported in efforts - to address the impacts of climate change will decide if its millions of smallholder farmers are able to progress. By extension, this wi...


The African Breadbasket


On the first World Food Day in 1945, people around the world celebrated the creation of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the launch of the first coordinated global action to combat hunger.


Redrawing the World Bank


  Last week, finance ministers, central bankers and development economists gathered in Lima, Peru, for the World Bank’s annual meetings, where the debate focused on how the institution’s agenda fits our chang...


Editorial

Last week saw a series of events where the political bigwigs from the f...


Agenda

The cement industry in Ethiopia, although still largely untapped, is se...


Fineline

It is unusual for a federal agency to get estranged...


Commentary

Recently, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) had announced the mandato...


Viewpoint

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) disproportionately affect women and...


Opinion

Until very recently, Turkey was a proudly democratic Middle Eastern cou...


View From Arada

We often underestimate the importance of time managiment. Especially in...


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