The Hidden Danger of Big Data


In game theory, the “price of anarchy” describes how individuals acting in their own self-interest within a larger system tend to reduce that larger system’s efficiency. It is a ubiquitous…


Democracy Requires Trusted Experts

Last month, I wrote a commentary asking why voters in the United Kingdom supported leaving the European Union, defying the overwhelming weight of expert opinion warning of the major economic…


If Books Could Kill

Ever tried reading in public, like at a café? The experience is something akin to smoking in a lecture class. It is so awkward. People are simply not used to…


Unburdening the Facebook Generation

Once again, young people have been on the short end of the political stick. The outcome of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum is but another reminder of the yawning generational…


Is Freedom Real?

Thucydides – whose name I wouldn’t try to pronounce in front a self-respecting crowd – was a revered Greek historian who once said that the great secret to happiness was…


Al-Shabaab’s Capability Waning

A string of military and tactical reverses by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab over the past month could indicate signs of its declining capability and loss of common support, according to…


Time Bomb of Debt

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) recognise the distinct advocate’s role of the World Bank and its will to help as rapidly as possible. However, effective payments tend to lag far behind the…


The Future of Computing

Ever since the American computer scientist John McCarthy coined the term “Artificial Intelligence” in 1955, the public has imagined a future of sentient computers and robots that think and act…


Leaving High Office Isn’t Enough

In every country and every continent, the quality and contribution of leadership in government is critical. It is Presidents and Prime Ministers who have the responsibility of assessing the risks,…


Do Elections in Africa Favour Leadership Changes?

When voters go the polls the world over, they supposedly do so because they have a chance to choose, among competing candidates, the leaders that govern them for four-to-five years.…


Libraries: A New Frontier for Ethiopia

The role that libraries in Africa could play in reducing poverty has not been sufficiently recognised and hence the necessary policy development and investment in the library network have not…


Remittances under Threat

For poor countries, the value of remittances is enormous. Since 1996, remittances have been worth more than all overseas development aid (ODA), and for most of the past decade more…


A Way Out of Debt Distress

The most talked economic performance of Ethiopia is evidently happening with considerably increasing domestic and external vulnerabilities. The economic grew by 8.7pc in 2014/15, supported by the booming manufacturing and…


Fight to Curb Housing Inflation, Losing Battle

Currently, we observe a frothy construction boom in the infrastructure and housing sector, to meet the demand of a dramatic rise in the population of cities. This is driven by…


GERD Redraws Nile Game Plan

Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian, called the fertile land of Egypt, the Nile’s gift. Countless Egyptian leaders have rattled their sabres in defence of the water supply. If Egypt is…


Journey to Equitable Finances

Regional and global leaders gathered for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Kigali, Rwanda, last week to celebrate Africa’s decades-long progress in economic growth and poverty reduction – and to…


Towards a Clean City

Breathing is a challenge in Addis Abeba. Sitting at 2,300 metres above sea-level, it is one of the highest capital cities in the world. Even those who can handle the…


Costly Mismatch

Ever since my early days of professional engagement, I have had a sense of discomfort about the nexus between commitment and reward. That I have started working in the public…


Africa’s Typhoid Risk

Typhoid fever all but disappeared from Western countries in the 20th century through massive improvements in water and sanitation. It happened after causing untold misery and death in its newly…


ethio telecom’s Faulty Choice Theory

There are many infuriating intrusions of privacy that living in our fair nation entails. A person associating higher value to himself would certainly have frequent exasperation. From a taxi assistant…


Living with China Inc.

My discussion with a high-level diplomat last week made me question the world order in which we are living. In the middle of our discussion, which was largely about Ethiopia’s growth experience and its role in African politics, the diplomat reminded me of the tough time our fair nation faced with the fall of the socialist military regime, the Dergue. He told me about the debt hangover our nation faced and the tiresome negotiations to restructure the debt of the nation.


New Faces of State Failure

As compared to the popular concept of market failure, wherein markets fail to function according to the basic rules of supply and demand, state failure is a relatively new phenomenon.


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,…




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An expected consequence of the growing rift between the constituent par...


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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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As tobacco companies reap the benefits of weak tobacco controls across...


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If some people came to us with something ambitious we feel is next to i...


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The procedure followed to increase rents for commercial units managed b...


View From Arada

Ethiopians, like their government, are in overdrive, juggling between j...




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