The Millennial Manifesto


The future is bleak. Millennials and younger generations who will inherit a planet low in natural resources and afflicted with extreme weather – offences perpetrated by past generations who left…


Best to Ease the Transition

The procedure followed to increase rents for commercial units managed by the Federal Housing Corporation was crude, to say the least. A sudden average increase of 2,090pc on rental fees,…


Brave, Scary New World

The 21st Century offers as many reasons for concern as it does for hope. There is nothing better to demonstrate this than the recent breakthrough in genome editing. The possibilities…


The Fate of an Impoverished Horn

The Horn’s politics is fast becoming one of the most closely watched and discussed topics, giving rise to an international rivalry dubbed the “Scramble for the Horn.” The phrase is…


Authority’s Part of the Bargain

The uncertainties of political transitions is undeniably unforgettable for those who live through them. The sheer number of unusual events taking place inside the country since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed…


Conflict Should Come in Manageable Doses

The sharpest differences of opinion can be over how conflicts can be managed. Everyone has an opinion about it, and it is tough to avoid. There is conflict in every…


Better to Create Jobs than Offer Them

The City Administration of Addis Abeba will open over 161,000 jobs opportunities to citizens in this fiscal year. But perhaps “open” may be the wrong term here, as it literally…


The Moral Imperative to Stand by Eritreans

The lifting of the sanctions against Eritrea by the United Nations Security Council was seen as a reward for rapprochements with neighbouring countries and a vindication of the allegations of…


Truth Sets Us Free

Clichés may be, well, clichés, but not without reason. The saying that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” has become more famous than the philosopher,…


Disruption is Never Painless

The Addis Abeba Transport Authority and Ride, a popular and an up-and-coming taxi-hailing service, have recently found themselves in hot water. Some considered the taxi-hailing service costly, while others have…


Ethiopia Can’t be Choosy, for Now

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD), soon after his swearing in as the nation’s premier, made state visits to Middle Eastern and African countries. If Ethiopia had not been dependent on…


The Happy and the Rich

Ethiopians are not a happy lot, at least compared to other countries in the world, according to the 2018 World Happiness Report published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions…


Not Everyone, Everything Can Produce Food

The 2018 Africa’s Pulse report, the World Bank Group’s bi-annual publication on the macroeconomic situation of the sub-Saharan African region, estimates economic growth will reach 2.7pc this year. The authors…


Consumers: Ultimate Losers of Poor Work Culture

We have become accustomed to spending a great deal of money on products and services that do not satisfy us and we have become numb to it. I find myself…


The Lack of Adults in Ethiopia’s Politics

Ethiopia is the land of young people. And they need jobs, lots of them. Providing them with employment opportunities ensures that they are content and can enable them to spend…


A State Divided

Like most nations across the world seem to be these days, Ethiopia is divided. The likes of the United States or the United Kingdom, however, could cushion the impact from…


Friends Can’t Effectively Check Friends

Just six months ago, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was considered the pride of the nation. It was a symbol of what Ethiopians could accomplish if only they put their…


A Foundational Right

Back in the middle of June, when all the jubilation and hope was in full gear, Fitsum Arega, chief of staff at the Prime Minister’s Office, tweeted that access to…


Artificially, Slightly Improving Macroeconomy

There seems to be an improvement on the macroeconomic side. The Ethiopian New Year was not greeted with the same rise in costs that the previous two holidays suffered from.…


Ethiopia Hits Puberty

The Ethiopian New Year will be celebrated in a few days, and the nation will exit one of the most unique years in the its existence. The rate of significant…


Why Ethio telecom Matters Most

The decision by EPRDF’s Executive Committee to partially privatise major enterprises has largely been met positively. There were protestations that privatisation would create an oligarchy, but those voices seem to…


The Bread Issue

The World Economic Forum, in its Global Competitiveness Index, ranks countries by their government’s efficiency in spending. The result is not what many would expect. It is not the United…


Is Freedom Deserved?

There was a popular post circulating on social media two weeks ago. It suggested that it was becoming safer for Ethiopians to walk around in Asmara, capital of Eritrea, than…


Tragedy of Communication Breakdown

Ethiopia is undergoing rebranding of its politics. In just a few months, there has been a such a turnaround that no analyst could have been able to predict it. Week…


Collective Good: Fruit of Individual Success

It is not hard to explain why Ethiopia’s economy remains uncompetitive. It is because businesses are not allowed to compete. When they do, it is with local firms that seldom…




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


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


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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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