When Small Pays Big


Sub-Saharan Africa is a rare bright spot in a still-sluggish world economy, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projecting a six percent output growth this year. A decade of expansion…


EPRDF: Denial or Delusion on Private Sector Engine

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the public private consultative forum (PPCF) last Wednesday, while in Addis Abeba for vacation.  As a strong supporter of the EPRDF and…


Time for Bold Approach to Agriculture

Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) are meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, this week, to reinforce their commitment to moving Africa towards integration and prosperity through…


Finance’s First Law

How problematic low real interest rates are depends on the reason for their decline. The prevailing view is that a downward trend largely reflects a fall in equilibrium or “natural”…


Keeping Agricultural Revolution Mobile

Why is it easier for farmers to get mobile phones in some of Africa’s most remote areas than high-quality seeds or technical advice? As the founder of a global telecoms…


Illusive Rise

We hear a lot these days about “Africa Rising” – and with good reason. The region is growing at a record rate, with six of the world’s 10 fastest growing…


Real Betrayal

It has been a couple of years since disputes around real estate developments became the order of the day. It sounds like a universal truth that real estate clients have…


The Price of Unity

A functionalist view of society tells us that there is no independent self, sufficient on its own – whether in the physical world or in systems created by humans. There…


Unextractable Carbon

Fossil fuel companies have lobbied hard – and often successfully – against effective climate policies. But a recent report by an environmental research group revealed that at least 29 major…


Technopolity

It would be an understatement to say that our world is undergoing a rapid and far-reaching change. The global economy, the geopolitical landscape, the environment and technology are subject to…


Formalities of Informal Trade

Informal trade is difficult to measure, because even if everyone has seen it, there is no evidence of it in official statistics.  Thus, estimates are often difficult to arrive at…


A Sanitation Puzzle

A puzzle: sanitation is one of the most productive investments a government can make.  There is now rigorous empirical evidence that improved sanitation systems reduce the incidence of diarrhea among…


Gross Domestic Wellbeing

During a 2008 discussion of the global financial crisis at the London School of Economics (LSE), United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II famously floored a room full of financial heavyweights by…


Merits of Crises

We should take note of what we are seeing as the beginning of the end of the neoliberal approach to development. The process of discrediting that development model began in…


Engendered Agriculture

Africa’s GDP is now growing faster than any other continent’s. When many people think about the engines driving that growth, they imagine commodities like oil, gold and cocoa, or perhaps…


Defective Sympathy

Online charity giving is taking some by storm. It allows users to read personal tales of medical woe in emerging markets and contribute up to the total amount needed to…


Development Loopholes

The history of economic development tells us that there is no one-size-fits-all model to accomplish the transformation from an agricultural economy to an industrialised one. For some East Asian countries,…


Humanitarian Catch Up

While huge numbers of people in Asia and Africa continue to rise out of poverty, those who remain are increasingly in fragile states, exposed to war and crisis. In 2005,…


A Case for Selected GMOs

The deficiency of Vitamin A causes blindness in about 250,000 to 500,000 pre-school children every year, about half of whom die within 12 months. It also increases susceptibility to diseases,…


Goldilocks Economy

Economists sometimes describe a country as having a “Goldilocks” economy, because it has achieved moderate, sustainable growth rates that are “neither too hot nor too cold, but just right”. They…


Opposing the Obvious

The promulgation of the anti-terrorism law has been the subject of political rows. Most of the Ethiopian opposition political parties are opposed to this statute. This is despite the fact…


Ecological Bailout

Our planet is warming dangerously. And, as the 2013 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes clear, our carbon-dioxide emissions over the past half-century are extremely likely…


Moment of Inflection

Ethiopia and Eritrea ceased business relations upon the commencement of the border war in 1998. While a small amount of barter trade still exists, it is fair to say that…


The Growth Remedy

It is not often that one can confidently claim that a single remedy could make billions of people around the world significantly better off; do so in a durable and…


Where Economic Efficiency Misses Robustness

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I (WWI) – and, arguably, the worst year in human history. A century later, is the world any…




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...


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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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