No Shortcuts to Success


One day last week, I had a discussion with a colleague about my generation. The point of the discussion was the gap between ambition and readiness to do what it…


Gender Equality: Still More Rhetoric than Reality

Life gets boring when rhetoric differs from reality. Gender equality is one of the concepts in which our actions fall short of our policies and rhetoric. A recent World Health…


Tests of Time

I have lately been planning to make a stride in my career path. I believe the step would make my days more orderly and productive. While trying to do this,…


Economic Growth, Ethiopian Style

With the commodities slump dominating the headlines, many investors may have failed to notice that a previously unloved, non-resource country in the heart of Africa has been one of the…


Ubuntu in African Development

Africa is uniquely poised to exploit a demographic dividend, arising from a huge component of youth in its population. This is in stark contrast to ageing economies in Asia, Europe…


Macro Adjustment: Now or Never

As author John Steinbeck reminds us in his masterpiece, East of Eden, human nature is such that we forget quickly, but it should not and does not have to be…


Economics of Low Oil Price

Oil prices recently hit 27.56 dollars a barrel, their lowest level since 2003. The result is that it is now cheaper to buy a litre of gasoline in your local…


Ending Inequality is Imperative

Welcome to the world’s inequality countdown. In 2010, some 388 people owned as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. Jump to 2014 and that 388 is…


Payment Plan for Universal Education

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which the international community adopted in September, 2015, include a commitment to provide every child with access to free primary and secondary education by 2030.…


Reconstructing Disability’s Status Quo

On January 23 each year, Berkeley, California, and the International Disability Movement commemorate their monumental hero and pioneer, Edward Verne Roberts, known worldwide as, Ed Roberts. The day is dubbed…


Return of Capital Fundamentalism

The idea that public investment in infrastructure – roads, dams, power plants, and so forth – is an indispensable driver of economic growth has always held powerful sway over the…


Cancer: Africa’s Silent Killer

When one walks through cancer wards of public sector hospitals in Africa, the scenes are reminiscent of the battle to get AIDS treatment underway in the early 2000s. But now,…


Technology: A Third Force

For centuries, we have tried to understand how our “animal nature” shapes our behaviour. Are we preordained by our genes to be who we are? Or are we products of…


Global Trade’s Costly Dilemma

Given the end of the Doha Round as we have known it, a major rethink of the WTO’s tariff-cutting approach is in order. What might tariff liberalisation negotiations for emerging…


Ethics of Corporate Social Responsibility

Traditionally, corporations were responsible only to their owners; and their primary and only objective was profit maximization. Corporations’ responsibility towards the community and the environment in which they operate was…


A Search for Productive Equilibrium

With the introduction of new technologies such as fertiliser and hybrid seeds, agricultural productivity has experienced an unprecedented rise in the past decades in almost all parts of the world.…


Editorial

Putting the enormous damage inflicted on the country aside, the ruling...


Agenda

Before the end of the current fiscal year, city officials are rushing t...


Fineline

The Ministry of Finance, one of the oldest institut...


Commentary

Rent-seeking behaviour is rational. Since the inherent rationality of i...


Viewpoint

A friend of mine who was recently hired as a general manager of a famil...


Opinion

The days seem to be changing. It is raining when it should not, and war...


View From Arada

The recurrent loss of the national football team concerns and embarrass...


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