Do Not Tourist Price Tourists


To better understand this article a simple thought experiment that compares four different instances is necessary. A young Habesha wants to take a taxi cab from point A to point…


Theories of Meles Zenawi Set to Rule Ethiopia in the Morrow

After a two-decade long service as both a political leader and statesman, Meles Zenawi passed away of natural causes five years ago. Meles was a man who tirelessly expended his…


To Walk in a Low-Level Rent-Seeker’s Shoes

Since the inception of the term ‘rent seeking’ in Ethiopia, it has been exhaustively discussed in public service institutions. Nonetheless, rent seeking, under the guise of so many names at…


Conventional Banking is, Well, Conventional

It was a sunny morning back in the spring when I was finalizing a project proposal that was nearing its deadline. Three people came to my office. I was happy…


Why Invent When We Can Innovate

In 2016, I participated in the 9th ICT Exhibition, in Addis Abeba, where Quick Response Code (QR code) was showcased. When some of us were chosen for an interview at…


Greed Begets Corruption Begets Extreme Poverty

Sometimes it is to one’s advantage not to be aware of various forms of social injustice, but to simply accept everything as a given, for awareness ignites responsibility and leads…


Seeds, Not Diamonds, Will Make Africa Great

As I settle back into my homeland, Nigeria, since retiring as the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in March this year, I am reminded of a…


It Takes a Public Servant to Use a Public Service

Driving for 10 minutes from the Statehouse, along a straight line of a two-lane road heading downtown, half a dozen key government offices stand in close proximity of one another.…


Scarce Value of Time

I started writing this article half an hour later than I had planned to, not to mention that I had planned to write it a day later than I was…


Fire Brigade Approach to a Genuine Discussion, Costly

It has now been a little over 26 years since the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government took power in Ethiopia. All these years, various characteristic features have been…


Amending Ethiopia’s Handicapped Multiparty System

Elections are not the sole indicators of a thriving democracy. If they were, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF)’s landslide victory in the 2015 general election would not have…


Adapting to the Much Needed Green Mentality

Now is the most appropriate time of the year to write about thinking green, as it is the rainy season in most parts of the country and planted trees can…


Individual Personal Integrity for Social Cohesion

In trying to write about personal integrity, I risk revealing my fragility. Let it be! After listening to Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, on…


Social Services Against Social Orders

Sociological research findings, since the industrial revolution, have been showing that there are prevailing ‘inequalities’ among the urban population. Because of ostensibly new complications in urban social life, people of…


Little Things, Huge Impacts

It is always striking to observe that seemingly very little things often bring about irreversible and immensely large effects. Mathematicians have a fancy and poetic term for outcomes, which are…


EPRDF Must Listen Before It’s Too Late

An urgent and concrete measure is badly needed and should be deployed before it is too late and before the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has become history. Blatant…


Think Tanks a Must for Ethiopia

Think tanks, the “bridge between knowledge and power” as defined by the United Nations (UN), are instrumental in public policy formulations and analysis. Think tanks have a unique role in…


Create Wealth, Money Should Follow

The difference between money and wealth, though fundamental, is not so obvious that the former is viewed as equivalent to or even more preferred to the latter. When people work…


Low Hanging Fruit Awaits

Addis Ababa is believed to be home to 4.6 million residents. The growth of capital cities of the National Regional States such as Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Adama and Mekelle is…


E-Marketing: Inescapable Part of the Economy

Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with an average growth rate of 7pc to 11pc. It is also the second most populous country in Africa next…


Institutionalisation Transforms Family Businesses

A friend of mine who was recently hired as a general manager of a family-owned company told me last week that he proposed a new career structural adjustment, a new…


Is Corporate Social Responsibility Real Carrot or Veiled Stick?

When companies publicise various social works and engagements, one wonders that they have had corporate social responsibilities. Such kinds of commitments are ‘soft’ so that they effectively lack enforcement. These…


Huge Cattle Heads Less Dairy Production

Dairy production is not something new to Ethiopia. It is a tradition. Milk has been produced and consumed throughout the country for centuries. Depending on the situations in geography, climate,…


Independent Examination System to Improve Quality, Image

The national examinations for grade 10 and 12 which have been conducted for the last two weeks and the subsequent shut down of the Internet compelled me to think about…


Mind the Politics of Numbers

It was almost a year ago, on a Saturday afternoon in Addis Abeba. I was sitting alone in a café sipping my favourite hot drink. Seated next to me were…




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With a reformist administration in charge of the executive, there has b...


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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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Ethiopia’s economy is at a crossroads. The same old advice will not s...


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A recent photo between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) and George Soros...


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The future is bleak. Millennials and younger generations who will inher...


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