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The Fraught Relationship Between Ethiopia’s Capital City and Largest State

7 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Endalk, Global Voice

At the end of June, the Ethiopian Council of Ministers revealed a bill that seeks to address questions of social services, language, education and culture involving the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, and Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region within which Addis Ababa is located.

The government and its supporters say the law is needed to redress the historical injustices that the people of Oromia suffered since the establishment of Addis Ababa. Critics see the law as a tactic to disenfranchise the residents of Addis Ababa. Some go further in their allegation that the law is intended to worsen the already sensitive ethnic relations in Ethiopia.
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How bad is the drought in Ethiopia? A must-read persuasive perspective

19 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
By Ben Parker

Alarm bells are ringing for a food emergency in Ethiopia. The UN says 15 million people will need help over the coming months. The government, wary of stigma and therefore hesitant to ask for help, has nevertheless said more than eight million Ethiopians need food assistance. Extra imports to stem the crisis are already pegged at more than a million tonnes of grain, beyond the government’s means. Inevitably, comment and media coverage compare the current situation with 1984 – the year Ethiopia’s notorious famine hit the headlines. Reports suggest this is the worst drought in 30 years. One declares it a “code red” drought. So how bad actually is it?
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Viewing Ethiopia closely with Legatum Prosperity Index lenses

9 Nov

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

According to the World Bank, the poverty rate (headcount ratio) in rural China fell from 18.5 percent in 1981 to 2.8 percent in 2004 and the number of rural poor declined from 152 million to 26 million.
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Ethiopia’s governance & its massive debt problems render latest rating of economy not so exciting to Fitch

13 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Since April 10, 2015, the second rating by Fitch in a single year has come out on October 3, 2015, carrying outcome of their investigations and scrutinies of strengths and weaknesses of Ethiopia’s economy.
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Plant a tomato and a potato might come out: Ethiopia’s urban development challenges

16 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Nadine Appelhans*

Ethiopia’s cities are currently facing rapid population growth, leaving them with the challenge of accommodating an increasing number of inhabitants on tight individual and public budgets. At the same time, changing ideas of modern urban representation influences the development agenda.
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Ethiopia’s crackdown on dissent drives opposition to push for ‘freedom first’

11 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by William Davison

On the very day Ethiopia’s ruling party celebrated another crushing electoral victory, a young blogger on trial under anti-terrorism laws in an Addis Ababa courtroom lashed out at the authorities.
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Authoritarian Resilience in Rwanda and Ethiopia

4 Mar

The twins of repressive politics and national resources plunderers, which the DFID’s Africa Power and Politics Programmes (APPP) in their case describes rent-seeking of the businesses their respective ‘dominant parties’ own as mechanism by which “self-interested politicians can pursue welfare-improving decisions.” In 2006, even the World Bank timidly warned about the danger of this to the future of economic growth in Ethiopia, the development of the private sector and welfare of the whole society. Credit: Fragile States

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Hilary Matfess, Fragile States

The development community’s analysis of fragile states overlooks the variety of governance patterns exhibited by these countries. Most notably, it frequently does not take into account the differences between authoritarian states—some may be highly exclusive economically, others may be focused on shared growth; some may depend on weak institutions, others on relatively strong governing bodies; and some may have little legitimacy, while others have significant levels of it. This oversight prevents the formation of effective policy in the short-term and is counter-productive to efforts to advance democracy in the long run. As an example of the shortcomings of the current approach, I want to examine how governance in Ethiopia and Rwanda challenges the current understanding of fragility and illustrate a new sort of authoritarian rule.
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Why donors cannot encourage political reforms in Ethiopia: Would they regret it later?

30 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

The politico-social setting

On the surface, the West’s engagement with the TPLF regime seems little influenced by history or the country’s inescapable realities. This becomes apparent especially when seen from the vantage point of the growing popular political demands that have now begun to be expressed in public in Ethiopia – a country nearly a quarter century under the grips of unabashed, unlearning and unremorseful minority authoritarian ruling party. Key here is that its governance and exercise of power has been dotted by uncountable bloody incidents of state violence and the consequent fear that has permeated the nation.
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