Protecting Vested Interests Fuels Moral Hazard


The decision to give exceptional guarantee to Ermias T. Amelga was unlike the ruling elite. This is a government that shows little sympathy to private businesspeople. Even if the official…


Better for Tertiary Education Policy to Focus on Quality

It seems that the Revolutionary Democrats are lumbering for yet another big investment push in the education sector. Their recent announcement of a plan to build 11 new public universities…


Credible Elections Result from Vibrant Policy Debates

Democratic deficit is a typical trait of the nation’s political economy under the leadership of the Revolutionary Democrats. It is a subject the ruling elite, by far gutsy in talking…


Gov’t Needs Clear Policy on Integration with Djibouti

Considering their long overdue advocacy of progressive integration, therefore, one would question where the commitment of the Revolutionary Democrats for a fast-track economic and political integration with Djibouti comes from. This surprising move, declared by Prime Minister Hailemariam, might indicate that the leadership is, slowly but surely, moving away from its established policy lines of progressive regional integration. Of course, this may also be a special treatment bestowed to Djibouti. Both ways, Hailemariam’s administration is vividly standing at a crossroads.


Ethiopian Cities Ought to Grow Smart

It has been almost ten years since the ruling Revolutionary Democrats put in place their flagship urban development policy. The time was closely synchronised with the highly contested election of…


Troubles of Technical Education Require Political Courage to Correct

There almost is no issue as contentious as education in the Ethiopian policy circle. It remains to be a battlefront between the ruling Revolutionary Democrats and their opponents. A curious…


Decisive Moment for Electoral Board to Display Impartiality

The institutional history of Ethiopia is strongly linked to the monarchical era. Modern institutional structures of the state took their root during the Imperial era. It is in the 43…


Global Exposure Without Macro Adjustment Risky

Globalisation is taking things in a rather different direction. It has brought unprecedented changes in the way states interact. It is no more possible to sail through the waters as…


Public Procurement System Looks for Aggressive Reforms

It has been over four years since the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi made his famous speech on the synergy between what he referred as ‘government thieves’ and ‘private thieves’.…


Election Processes as Definitive as Results

The historical records of the ruling Revolutionary Democrats on elections are not as favourable as on development. Their over 23 years of power are rather identified with elections failing to…


Time to Infuse Caution in Monetary Policy to Avoid Overtightening

It is unfortunate for the Revolutionary Democrats that they preside over an economy hugely constrained by capital. Little has changed in this regard over the past century. The case has…


Development Without Regard to the Human Security Sure to Falter

Learning from history is one thing that the ruling Revolutionary Democrats fail to get right in over 20 years of governing one of the most populous nations in Africa. In…


High Time for Policy Action on Land Lease Bubble

The red book of Revolutionary Democracy considers land not as a factor of production only. It rather is regarded as the very basis of the developmentalism the EPRDFites envision to…


Strategic Gaps Pose Huge Challenge to Sovereign Bond Repayment

Indebtedness is an issue that has strong affinity with the ruling Revolutionary Democrats. It strongly relates to the economy they inherited from the socialist dictatorship they overthrew in 1991 and…


Better Use of Country System Crucial for Aid Effectiveness

It takes a lot for governments to obtain the approval of donors. What is at stake for such approval is not only developmental results, but also some sort of meeting…


Structural Disquiet Amidst Public Outcry Over Women Abuse

The public space is filled with outcries about the alleged gang rape, physical abuse and death of a teenage girl in Addis Abeba. Saddening as the case is, the tragic…


Increase Anti-Corruption Measures To Build Public Trust

On November 13, 2014, Members of Parliament deliberated on a bill which aims to rewrite the Anti-Corruption Proclamation’s Special Procedure and Rules of Evidence. It is one of the two…


False Promise on Access Too Late to Make a Difference

The much anticipated news over the Access Real Estate (ARE) debacle came about last week, although too late to make much of a difference. On November 6, 2014, Nuredin Mohamed,…


The Administration Ought to Walk Its Talk

Economists have long argued that the public sector is inefficient and inadequate in business matters. Ethiopian policymakers setting oil price are a living testament of this. The global price of…


Restarting Tax System Reforms Crucial to Fill Economic Resource Gap

In purely macroeconomic terms, the years between 2004 and 2011 speak much about the efforts that the Revolutionary Democrats have made to change the structural bases of the very economy…


An Even Political Space Essential for Democratic Election

Ethiopian politics is slowly reaching to its tipping point as the next national election comes closer. It often is the case that the political climate changes so fast in the…


Sustainable Green Economy Emerges from the Bottom-Up

Anyone who has closely followed the evolution of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn over the past two years would have noticed his progressive shift away from replicating the late Meles Zenawi.…


Savvy, Flexible Investment Commission Better Bridge to Resource Gap

President Mulatu Teshome (PhD), a former EPRDFite, seems upbeat with the macroeconomic dynamics. In his latest speech for the joint gathering of members of the two houses – a customary…


Creating Space for Alternatives Favours Democratic Development

There is nothing inspiring about the current state of Ethiopian politics. Observers of the political sphere spend much of their time contemplating about the twists and turns of the ruling…


Rationalisation Required as Follow-Up to Historic Nile Talks

A new trend seems to have begun between the leaders of the two long overdue rival countries – Ethiopia and Egypt. For the teacher-turned-diplomat-turned-head of state, Hailemariam Desalegn, of Ethiopia,…




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