Can We Afford the Internet Shutdown in Ethiopia?


I was just here for a working visit in Ethiopia when I heard that the government has shutdown the Internet. Whooooaaah!!! Can they do that? I asked my friends who…


What Miracle Can Nudges Do that Carrots and Sticks Cannot?

Having ruled the country for more than a quarter of a century now, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has faced unprecedented and staggering internal and external challenges that…


Misleading Reportings, Misrepresenting Facts in the Fine Line

I consider myself one of the most loyal readers of your newspaper. I read your paper not only because reading papers was part of my job description until very recently,…


Political Trust: Key for Overall Well-Being

Do citizens trust the Ethiopian government? Ask a rational person this question, and their answer would probably be something like ‘yes and no’ or ‘well, it depends’. Perhaps trying to…


What Deters the Passion for Science

On a beautiful Sunday morning, I had nothing to do other than hovering around the local bookshops in Addis Abeba. I was just hoping to find one or two of…


Improved Services Essential for Better Industrialization

These days various issues overwhelm a typical Ethiopian. From the release of an album by a popular Ethiopian pop musician – often considered as the voice of dissent against the…


China’s Not-So-Cruel

Later this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host a summit for many of the leaders of the 65 countries engaged in his “one belt, one road” (OBOR) initiative, a…


Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

Advocates of globalization should keep the champagne on ice: protectionists and advocates of “illiberal democracy” are on the rise in many other countries. And the fact that an open bigot…


Women in the Green Economy

In Ghana, a group of enterprising women and young people is building bicycles out of an unlikely material: bamboo. Ten farmers grow the bamboo, and 25 builders craft it into…


Uniting Against Malaria

As African women leading influential and impact-driven organizations – the Ecobank Foundation and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) – we are passionate about building a prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable…


The Saga on Donkey Slaughter House Demonstrates Case for Public Hearing

We should debate the case of the ‘donkey slaughterhouse’ in the town of Bishoftu (Debrezeit) and its implications for future projects. It is a serious case, and we can learn…


Enlisting Women in Africa’s Health Fight

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) disproportionately affect women and girls. Female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) alone causes severe pain, bleeding, and lesions in more than 16 million women and girls in Sub-Saharan…


Steadfast Unity of Purpose Imperative for the EPRDF Leadership

Depending on our vantage point, the last seven months have been full of actions – or inaction – for the ruling EPRDF coalition in general and its chairperson and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in particular, writes this author, whose identity Fortune withheld upon request.


Managing Drought, Ethiopia Serves as a Model for its Neighbours

The Horn of Africa is suffering its worst drought in decades, with devastating humanitarian consequences. Two districts in South Sudan are officially in famine. Areas of Somalia and Yemen are…


Tana Forum Should Focus on What Matters to Ordinary Africans

Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), was instructional and sincere in his advice to sitting African heads of state and governments, whom he had addressed as…


I Remain Optimistic We Can Achieve Human Progress for Everyone

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has released the Human Development Report for 2016, entitled “Human Development for Every One”. The report comes at a momentous time when the world…


Illiberal Stagnation

A quarter-century after the Cold War’s end, the West and Russia are again at odds. This time, though, at least on one side, the dispute is more transparently about geopolitical…


Emergency Law in Ethiopia: Why Do We Need to Extend It Any Further?

Ethiopia is a party to a number of international and regional human rights’ treaties signed and ratified on several occasions. In fact, any human rights’ treaty ratified by the country…


Napping for Good beneath the Heap of Dirt

The landslide of the mountainous rubbish dump, the most devastating incident of its kind, happened in Addis Abeba, Kolfe Keranio District on Saturday, March 11 2017 at about 8.00pm local…


The Misunderstood World of Autism

The ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day is today, April 2, 2017, it is being celebrated with the theme “Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination”. Every year, autism organizations around the world…


Keeping the Lights on Power Africa

Uncertainty surrounding one of President Barack Obama’s signature initiatives was apparent this month when several hundred energy industry representatives gathered for this year’s ‘Powering Africa Summit’. While future policy remains…


G20 Dilemma: Falling Trade, Soaring Market, Looming Contraction

Historically, Baden-Baden’s spas are famous for their healing waters, which have healed ancient Romans’ arthritic aches, Prussian queens’ rheumatism and European aristocrats’ paralyses. Nevertheless, the G20 Summit is fresh evidence…


Holding Companies, The Change Ethiopia Needs to Make

Though Ethiopia is the first African country to make modern laws, including the stipulation of establishment of business organizations back in 1960, the concept of holding company has not been…


The Return of Industrial Strategy

Industrial policy is making a comeback in many advanced economies. Dismissed out of hand in the go-go 1980s as a contributor to the previous decade’s stagnation, it is increasingly viewed…


Africa’s Homegrown Development Solution Requires Better Leadership

The slow pace of development of Africa can be pinpointed to the continent’s leaders decision to seek help from their former colonizers instead of looking inward for homegrown dynamic businesses.…




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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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