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Inflation: What’s bad and worse about it, and how to prevent the ugly ? - The Reporter Magazine | Ethiopian Magazine

Inflation: What’s bad and worse about it, and how to prevent the ugly ?

The subject of economics is known for controversies and conflicts of ideas. It is known also for hypothesizing abstract economic theories and the underlying conceptual frameworks of the complex world. One of these concerns the notion of “full or near-full employment” which cannot be achieved in the real world, due to internal dynamics and random shocks. In theory, full employment...

Lessons unlearned? - The Reporter Magazine | Ethiopian Magazine

Lessons unlearned?

Ethiopia has witnessed a remarkable surge in housing prices over the past five years. Various factors contribute to this upward trend, including population growth, rapid urbanization, currency depreciation, migration to urban areas (urban influx), and the soaring prices of construction materials. Moreover, economic development and increased income levels have fueled the desire for homeownership, further intensifying the pressure on the...

Inside a pandemic: advancing Ethiopia’s health care - The Reporter Magazine | Ethiopian Magazine

Inside a pandemic: advancing Ethiopia’s health care

Up to now, Ethiopia has evaded the worst of the corona virus pandemic—but that maybe changing. What for two months was just a trickle of reported cases of infection is swelling into what could become a flood. In my role heading the Ethiopia office of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global public health organization Vital Strategies, I...

The Psephology of Covided Elections

The Psephology of Covided Elections

Elections are trends of voting by its nature. They are statistically and sociologically explicated. The number of political parties, potential voters, civil society organizations (CSOs) engaged in civic and voter education and election observation, public and private media, international observers and their behavior are inputs for democratic elections. The election process is pivotal in every aspect to determine the advancement...

Will 2020 be a decade of Africa’s economic transformation?

Will 2020 be a decade of Africa’s economic transformation?

In reviewing the decade, a recent Financial Times article, Ethiopia seizes crown as the fastest-growing country in the 2010s acknowledges this fact. The country’s focus on productive investment, industrialization, and education continues to generate jobs and economic growth. Here I look at the growing impact of foreign investment across Africa and consider the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the continent....

People of Afro-Asia and ancient civilizations

People of Afro-Asia and ancient civilizations

A former colleague of mine told me the following story: While he was a professor at Harvard, he had a course titled “African Civilization.” While he was planning to give this course one of his colleagues said to him: “I heard that you are planning to give a course called African Civilization. I know what Africa means and I know...

Police chief killed, 29 injured

Leadership must rise up and meet COVID 19 challenge head on

The Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic is presenting Ethiopia with an unprecedented and a complex adaptive challenge. Not only will it cause massive infections that may overwhelm or crush the country’s weak health system, it can also batter the national economy. Job and income losses emanating from the service sector, iconic companies like Ethiopian Airlines or small and medium enterprise...

Police chief killed, 29 injured

Will Egypt stop threating Ethiopia?

Up front, let me start this article by paraphrasing the old saying: “He who lives in a Glass House should not throw stone at his neighbors”.  Egyptians seem to forget that no matter how powerful the aggressor may be or how many stones they have thrown at her, Ethiopia throughout history have responded by standing her ground and defeating the...

Police chief killed, 29 injured

Deadlock in the GERD talks: illuminating the sticking points

Disputes over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam have, once again, threatened security in North-East Africa. Since November 2019, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan have held dozens of negotiations ─ on the filling and operation of the GERD ─ which were supported and attended by the US and the World Bank (WB) as observers. The talks, which were progressing...

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