Africa’s Time


Africa should focus on how to secure development and drive economic growth with inclusion. It must look beyond the macro fundamentals of growth to how to diversify its economies and…


Transparency Puzzle

Resource-rich developing countries’ rising tax revenues reflect not only higher commodity prices, but also international rules that have improved financial transparency in the oil, gas, and mining industries, reducing opportunities…


A Daring Climate Quest Timely

While the unfortunate deterioration of the health of the late Meles Zenawi was at its climax, the first ever cross-country energy exchange Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodology was reportedly being…


Only the Poor Die Young

People who are lower on the socio-economic ladder have shorter and less healthy lives, on average, than those on higher rungs. Indeed, life expectancy at birth often varies by 5…


Fears over Nile

There is an old saying in Ethiopia, which roughly translates as – “Nile has no home of its own, and yet it carries much luggage with it”. That is to…


The Nutrition Job

There is no greater hindrance to a country’s long-term economic development than childhood undernourishment. When a growing body does not get enough essential vitamins and nutrients, the harmful effects last…


Better Corporate Governance in Demand

Being an optimist on Africa’s economic prospects was once a pretty lonely cause. But, I am thrilled to now find myself in a very crowded field. The continent’s strong and…


Remittance Boom

For more than a decade, developing economies have been on the move and so have their people. The scale of migration from rural to urban areas and across international borders…


Procurement Retrograde

Until recently, the attention given to the profession of purchasing and the knowledge as to how much it affects the competitiveness of organisations and the economy as a whole was…


Where Ethiopia Gets It Right

The joint meeting of the commissions of the African Union and of the European Union earlier in April confirmed the common desire to place agriculture at the top of political…


Profitable Sustainability

How profitable are the world’s major industrial and agricultural sectors? According to a new report by the London-based consultancy, Trucost, when one accounts for costs to third parties in the…


Better Life Means Fair Start

For a child, receiving a vaccine takes just a moment, and perhaps a few tears. But such moments are crucial for getting children off to a healthy start in life,…


Disproportionate Survival

Humanity faces a growing network of serious and highly interconnected environmental problems, including the much-discussed challenge of climate change. We face numerous other threats as well: the spread of toxic…


Honor in Demand

In the 1960’s, the Green Revolution – which included the development of high-yielding crop varieties, the expansion of irrigation infrastructure, and the distribution of modern fertilizers and pesticides to developing-country…


BRICS Without Mortar

Last month, China’s new president, Xi Jinping, chose Moscow for his first foreign visit. He and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a number of agreements and then traveled to Durban,…


Oligarchy Rises

One of the earliest and most famed opponents of the Kremlin, the core of the Russian political power, Boris Berezovsky, accumulated vast wealth and influence in post-communist Russia. He even…


Sustainable Development Seeks Revision

The renowned theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, once said that if he had just one hour to find a solution on which his life depended, he would spend the first 55…


Why Partnerships Falter

Across Africa, investments in infrastructure have failed to keep pace with growth and demand, creating a tremendous infrastructure deficit. Less than 40pc of the population across the continent, and only…


Global Future Resides in Women

During my first week as the United States’ Secretary of State, I had the honour of meeting with a group of courageous women. Two were former political prisoners, and although…


Access to Contraceptives Given Boost

Today, more than 200 million women worldwide want, but do not have access to, contraceptives, and many of these women live inAfrica. For example, inEthiopia, just 27pc of married women…


States Must Rebalance

Until recently, relatively little attention was paid to states’ balance sheets. Measurement and reporting were neglected. Even today, states’ liabilities receive considerable attention, while their asset sides receive significantly less.…


Time for Just Taxes, Transparency

It is a pleasure to be in Ethiopia, home of the African Union (AU), in the year the United Kingdom (UK) chairs the G8. Indeed, 2012 was a big year…


Made Globally

As recently as 30 years ago, products were assembled in one country, using inputs from that same country. Measuring trade was thus easy. But, times have become very different. Manufacturing…


Prosperity Meets Crisis

What does the future hold for the global economy? Will living standards rise worldwide as today’s poor countries leapfrog technologies to catch up with richer countries? Or will prosperity slip…


Why Band-Aid Falls Short

The global financial crisis of recent years has exposed serious flaws in the world’s financial system. Credit markets that were originally created to provide businesses with capital were manipulated by…




Editorial

With a reformist administration in charge of the executive, there has b...


Agenda

The new electricity tariffs that became effective on December 1, 2018,...


Fineline

Who it is that midwifed the rapprochement between E...


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Ethiopia’s economy is at a crossroads. The same old advice will not s...


Viewpoint

A recent photo between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) and George Soros...


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The future is bleak. Millennials and younger generations who will inher...


View From Arada

There is heated debate on the propriety, decency and morality of breast...




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