Where Climate Despair Fades 


Saving the planet Earth would be cheap; it might even be free. But will anyone believe the good news? I have just been reading two new reports on the economics…


Policing Malnutrition

Malnutrition in Ethiopia has a dramatic negative impact on the lives of children. Various reports show the national trends of stunting, wasting and being underweight at 44.4, 9.7 and 28.7pc,…


Demonetising Democracy

The major battle of the post–World War II global economy was a fight over alternative economic systems: Did Communism or capitalism provides the best way of achieving growth and prosperity…


When History Repeats Itself

The depression that followed the stock-market crash of 1929 took a turn for the worse eight years later, and recovery came only with the enormous economic stimulus provided by World…


Development Means Nothing

The idea of “development” can still conjure up romantic visions among some about helping to improve the lives of people in the “third world” through sheer goodwill. Yet, we hold…


More Crops for the Drop

The United Nations has called drought the “world’s costliest natural disaster”, both financially, imposing an annual cost of six to eight billion dollars, and in human terms. Since 1900, it…


China: Growth Vs. Reform

China’s transition from a centrally planned economy to a market economy has neither been easy nor linear. The government has tried to liberalise certain sectors, although not all, and privatise…


No Good Governance without Political Commitment

The Ethiopian political sphere witnesses divergent views on the issue of governance and effective public service delivery. At one end of the aisle sit the ruling EPRDFites who take pride…


Unwinding Threats

Mohamed El-Erian is chief economic adviser to Allianz, a multinational financial services provider, and chair of US President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council.


Unwinding Threats

Mohamed El-Erian is chief economic adviser to Allianz, a multinational financial services provider, and chair of US President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council.


Is Global Currency a Possibility?

It is symbolic that the recent summit of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) in Fortaleza, Brazil, took place exactly seven decades after the Bretton Woods Conference that…


The Population Bomb

Africa’s population growth figures are staggering. The continent had a fertility rate of 5.4 children per woman between 2005 and 2010 – double that of any other region – and…


Denying the Way Out

Last week was an awkward week, in every sense of it. It was filled with many events that would have put me on the edge, had it not been for…


The Power of Water

With the recent signing of Vietnam, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997 will soon come into effect. But the fact…


Teaching a Girl Teaches a Community

In 1990, the Italian World Cup was played to the sound of Luciano Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma. In that same year, 12.6 million under-fives died from largely preventable diseases, and 104…


Taxing the Sick

The debate over access to affordable medicines in emerging and developing countries frequently overlooks a critical issue: Governments in these countries routinely slap tariffs and other taxes on vitally important…


Investing Clever

Last month, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged 12 billion dollars in new development assistance to African governments and promised technology transfers to make high-speed rail a reality on the continent.…


Myths of Learning

Citizens in the world’s richest countries have come to think of their economies as being based on innovation. But innovation has been part of the developed world’s economy for more…


No to Corruption

At the G-7 meeting in Brussels, Belgium, this week, leaders of the world’s largest economies should address the real cancer eating away at the world’s economic and political systems –…


Climate Insanity

Humanity has just about to run out of time to address climate change. Scientists have pointed out that a rise in temperature of 2º Celsius above pre-industrial levels will put…


A 700 Bln Dollar Question

The world has generally become a much better place during the last half-century. Skeptics will scoff at the idea of overall improvement, but the numbers do not lie. The task…


From Gross Outcome to Inclusive Wealth

The link between economic growth and human wellbeing seems obvious. Indeed, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), economic growth is widely viewed as the ultimate development objective. But it…


Enlightened Cities

Last month, a remarkable gathering occurred in Medellin, Colombia. Some 22,000 people came together to attend the World Urban Forum (WUF) and discuss the future of cities. The focus was…


Metaphors of Renaissance

For many years, Ethiopia was the poster child for futility. Hip-deep in the mire of cross-generational poverty, the eastern African nation never could find the kind of traction that was…


The Business of Risks

It has been almost eight years since investment became my preoccupation. I spend endless hours reading, tinkering, analysing and discussing about its various forms with many different people – from…




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