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.…


Importing Exports

Exports have nothing to do with satisfying people’s basic needs, such as education, health care, housing, power, water, telecoms, security, the rule of law, and recreation. But why should countries…


Commodity Conundrum

The global commodity super-cycle is hardly a new phenomenon. Though the details vary, primary commodity exporters tend to act out the same story, and economic outcomes tend to follow recognizable…


The End of Low Interest Rates

The past two decades have witnessed an extraordinary decline in both short- and long-term interest rates in the leading advanced economies, from levels of around four to six per cent…


Powers of Agent Banking

In October 2015, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) came up with a new regulation to make the financial industry sound. In the eyes of private banks, the regulation is…


Banking – A Fight for the Cream

Sewagegnehu Dagne is a banking professional. He can be contacted at sewagegnehu22@gmail.com.


The Climate Crossroads

Gordon Conway (Prof.) is director of Agriculture for Impact, an independent advocacy, and chair of the Montpellier Panel.


The African Breadbasket

On the first World Food Day in 1945, people around the world celebrated the creation of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the launch of the first…


Redrawing the World Bank

  Last week, finance ministers, central bankers and development economists gathered in Lima, Peru, for the World Bank’s annual meetings, where the debate focused on how the institution’s agenda fits…


Unlearning Green Revolution

William Moseley is a professor of Geography and African Studies at Macalester College in Saint Paul, United States. This commentary first appeared on African Arguments. He can be followed on twitter at @WilliamGMoseley.


The Art of Sharing

When Amazon was founded in 1994 and eBay the following year, they harnessed the connectivity of the Internet to create new, more efficient markets. In the beginning, that meant new…


Banking Better Through POS

A Point of Sale (POS) terminal is a device that provides customers of banks with access to financial transactions in public places. This machine solves the problem of carrying cash…


Bottled Risk

Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water – including everything from “purified spring water” to…




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


Agenda

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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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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