THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE


The European Report on Development 2015 was crucial in guiding Europe’s position on the post-2015 agenda. The Report, produced by a partnership of European think tanks, including the German Development…


Advocating With Passion

Christopher W. Williams (PhD) is an eloquent advocate of water supply, sanitation and hygiene. As Executive Director of the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), the lone international institution with a United Nations mandate to work on sanitation, he is busy selling the agenda and the best ways to achieve improvements, within global development circles. Before being appointed to lead the Council, Williams worked with UN-Habitat at various senior levels. Trained in economics, sociology, public policy and political science, Williams is well versed with all of them and easily switches between them in evidencing his arguments. In this exclusive interview with GETACHEW T. ALEMU, FORTUNE’S OP-ED EDITOR, held at the sidelines of the Third Financing for Development (FfD) Conference, Williams shares his thoughts about the political rationale for investing in sanitation and hygiene, and how a convincing business case could be made from opportunities inherent in informal undertakings.


PHILANTHROPY

Mamadou Biteye is the managing director for the Africa Program Team, at The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the oldest and leading philanthropic organisations founded in 1913, based in New York, United States. An agricultural economist, with specialisation in microfinance, micro credit and management of financial institutions, Biteye has extensive experience in the development sphere. Though a Senegalese, Biteye has worked in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Ghana, Liberia and Zimbabwe. In the sidelines of the Third Financing for Development Conference, Biteye sat with GETACHEW T. ALEMU, OP-ED EDITOR, to discuss about the role of philanthropic organisations in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of politics. Excerpts:


THE PRACTICAL MAN

Pim van Ballekom is a typical financial sector executive. Simple in his descriptions, very pointed in his arguments and always focused on the money, if not the risks associated with it. Ballekom, vice president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), the largest financial institution in the world with a subscribed capital of 242.4 billion Euros at the end of 2013, displays the essential sharpness of top executives.
Trained in law, Ballekom commands over 26 years of experience in finance and public policy in Europe. In this exclusive interview with FORTUNE’S, OP-ED EDITOR, GETACHEW T. ALEMU, on the sidelines of the Third International Financing for Development Conference, held in Addis Abeba, from June 13 to 16, 2015, Ballekom shared his thoughts and experiences as top executive of a leading financial institution and his perspectives on investing in Africa.


A Must Deal

Jacob Werksman is a trade specialist in global climate negotiations. Educated at the University of Cambridge and King’s College of London, in the United Kingdom, and University of Michigan and Columbia, in the United States, Werksman is an experienced hand on the nexus between climate change and development. Before becoming the principal advisor to the Director General for Climate Action of the European Commission (EC), Werksman served in United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Rockefeller Foundation and World Resource Institute. In his current position, he serves as one of the high level climate policy individuals of the EC. In this interview, conducted under the partnership of Fortune and VITA, a non-profit magazine, facilitated by GETACHEW T. ALEMU, FORTUNE’S OP-ED EDITOR, and Joshua Massarenti, head of VITA’s Brussels Office, Werksman discusses the chances for a binding agreement on climate change to be reached at the coming conference in Paris and the European Union’s (EU) readiness for it.


PROGRESS, NOT VICTORY

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s leading philanthropical organisation operating in Africa, has been instrumental in financing development programmes, particularly in the critical sectors of agriculture and health. The Foundation takes pride in its catalytic interventions to reduce poverty and ensure food security, not without criticism or challenges but with passion and strong commitment grounded in the philosophy that all lives are equal. As the international community prepares to fine tune the sustainable development goals and as Ethiopia readies itself for implementing the second Growth and Transformation Plan, FORTUNE’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, YONATHAN ABEBE conducts an exclusive interview with the Foundation’s first official representative in Ethiopia, Haddis Tadesse. Excerpt Follows


MEZGEBU TESEMA:The Painter with the Midas Touch

Mezgebu Tesema is illustrious within the Ethiopian art sphere, not only for his professional grandiosity, but also for his down-to-earth personality. Born in North Shoa, Mezgebu got educated at the…


IT’S CAMPAIGN TIME-EDP: LIBERALISM

It is election time in Ethiopia. Political parties are doing all their best to obtain as many seats in the federal parliament and regional councils as possible. For the ruling EPRDF, the battle is all about maintaining the majority that it had for the past 23 years. But for the political opposition, the play is all about snatching the throne from the ruling party and forming a new government. As the campaigning period ingresses, DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, sits with representatives of the ruling EPRDF and three opposition parties to converse about their preparation for the election, their thoughts about the pre-election process and their prediction of the election results. In these exclusive interviews conducted separately, Beyene Petros (Prof.), chairman of MEDREK; Reday Halefom, head of Public Relations for the EPRDF; Yonathan Tesfaye, head of Public Relations for Semayawi Party; and Chane Kebede (PhD), president of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), share their perspectives about various issues, not the last of which is their reflection on the conduct of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).


IT’S CAMPAIGN TIME-MEDREK: CENTRIST

It is election time in Ethiopia. Political parties are doing all their best to obtain as many seats in the federal parliament and regional councils as possible. For the ruling EPRDF, the battle is all about maintaining the majority that it had for the past 23 years. But for the political opposition, the play is all about snatching the throne from the ruling party and forming a new government. As the campaigning period ingresses, DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, sits with representatives of the ruling EPRDF and three opposition parties to converse about their preparation for the election, their thoughts about the pre-election process and their prediction of the election results. In these exclusive interviews conducted separately, Beyene Petros (Prof.), chairman of MEDREK; Reday Halefom, head of Public Relations for the EPRDF; Yonathan Tesfaye, head of Public Relations for Semayawi Party; and Chane Kebede (PhD), president of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), share their perspectives about various issues, not the last of which is their reflection on the conduct of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).


IT’S CAMPAIGN TIME-EPRDF: DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENTALISM

It is election time in Ethiopia. Political parties are doing all their best to obtain as many seats in the federal parliament and regional councils as possible. For the ruling EPRDF, the battle is all about maintaining the majority that it had for the past 23 years. But for the political opposition, the play is all about snatching the throne from the ruling party and forming a new government. As the campaigning period ingresses, DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, sits with representatives of the ruling EPRDF and three opposition parties to converse about their preparation for the election, their thoughts about the pre-election process and their prediction of the election results. In these exclusive interviews conducted separately, Beyene Petros (Prof.), chairman of MEDREK; Reday Halefom, head of Public Relations for the EPRDF; Yonathan Tesfaye, head of Public Relations for Semayawi Party; and Chane Kebede (PhD), president of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), share their perspectives about various issues, not the last of which is their reflection on the conduct of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).


IT’S CAMPAIGN TIME- SEMAYAWI: MODERATE LIBERALISM

It is election time in Ethiopia. Political parties are doing all their best to obtain as many seats in the federal parliament and regional councils as possible. For the ruling EPRDF, the battle is all about maintaining the majority that it had for the past 23 years. But for the political opposition, the play is all about snatching the throne from the ruling party and forming a new government. As the campaigning period ingresses, DAWIT ENDESHAW, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, sits with representatives of the ruling EPRDF and three opposition parties to converse about their preparation for the election, their thoughts about the pre-election process and their prediction of the election results. In these exclusive interviews conducted separately, Beyene Petros (Prof.), chairman of MEDREK; Reday Halefom, head of Public Relations for the EPRDF; Yonathan Tesfaye, head of Public Relations for Semayawi Party; and Chane Kebede (PhD), president of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), share their perspectives about various issues, not the last of which is their reflection on the conduct of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).


THE FRONTIER INVESTOR

Gabriel Schulze is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Schulze Global Investments (SGI), a family-owned private equity firm with a focus on frontier markets. A pioneer in the…


INTERVIEW:The Contented Prime Minister

In one of his recent but rare press conferences, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn spoke of his frustration over the lack of development in troubled South Sudan, and the battle to…


Zemen Speaks!

Fortune’s Reporter Jamal Abdu had a correspondence with Zemen’s management in which the management answered questions regarding a variety of the Bank’s activities and future plans.


Japanese Aid : It’s All About Consistency

Japan has the third largest economy in the world with close to five trillion dollars in gross domestic product (GDP). It is also one of the top 10 countries in…


SAMUEL YIRGA A Pianist with Grand Vision

Samuel Yirga is a young rising Ethiopian pianist who graduated from Addis Abeba University’s (AAU) Yared Music School eight years ago. He gained international recognition through his tours and recording…


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