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…


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The rapprochement between Ethiopia and  Eritrea has led to the signing...


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The Revolutionary Democrats concluded their council...


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The National Bank of Ethiopia needs to take measures to improve the red...


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The rallies of the past weeks are healthy manifestations of citizens’...






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