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Why we love, why we cheat; love & technology: How much does science know about love?

28 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
By Helen Fisher, Ted Talks
 

 
June 2016
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February 2006
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Yanis Varoufakis in TED talks: Capitalism will eat democracy – unless we speak up!

26 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

TED: Yanis Varoufakis thinks we need a radically new way of thinking about the economy, finance and capitalism.
 

“Have you wondered why politicians aren’t what they used to be, why governments seem unable to solve real problems? Economist Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece, says that it’s because you can be in politics today but not be in power — because real power now belongs to those who control the economy.”
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193 delegations to FFD3 conference agree on the Addis Abeba Action Agenda

16 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

At its final negotiating hours on Wednesday evening, the most important achievement of the three-day Addis Abeba conference on financing for development (FFD3), before its closing Thursday, is hardly its ability to secure the real bricks and mortars every nation needs for its sustainable development and the sustainable development agenda of the next decade and a half. Rather it is the fact that the much-constrained conference for much of its life from New York to Addis Abeba has been now saved with the adoption of the Addis Abeba Action Agenda (AAAA).
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Local Ethiopians miss out as big agriculture firms struggle in Gambella

1 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by William Davison in Gambella

Jakob Pouch says his community in Gambella hasn’t benefited from a nearby commercial farm. Photograph: William Davison via The Guardian

As dusk envelops the grasslands of Gambella in western Ethiopia, a weary Jakob Pouch sits on a jerry can, resting his chest against a wooden staff. The 45-year-old evangelical preacher from the Nuer community has just made the three-hour walk from the banks of the Baro river, where he tends to his large family’s small plot of corn. His daughters are preparing cabbage and cobs to be cooked on an open fire.
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Donor funds to Ethiopia’s financial inclusion projects seem to bear few fruits, Part I

28 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    “[G]overnments in Africa supported by donors have allocated substantial resources to agricultural credit and implemented large numbers of credit programmes over several decades. Most of these resources have been channelled through government financial institutions or institutions controlled by governments such as cooperatives.

    The performance of these credit programmes and the institutions implementing them have been way below expectations since the loans have not reached the intended beneficiaries, and they have often been used for other purposes than those for which they were given. Credit often became a political tool which was used for patronage and vote-buying. Credit institutions failed to enforce loan repayment and to cover operating costs.”

      – Rural financial services and effects of microfinance on agricultural productivity and on poverty (S. Tenaw and K.M Zahidul Islam – Helsinki University, 2009)

 

The way businesses do things are changing fast, their impacts not sparing governments, NGOs and philanthropists. From the time the above mentioned thesis was written in 2009 to the present, the world of poverty reduction, financial support and the persistence of the interests of businesses in wanting to reach as many people across the globe have also taken firmer roots.
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Happy New Year to Everyone! May it be Year of Human Freedoms! Keep Up The Good Job Social Media!

1 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

The New Year 2014 has set in style and in earnest. The moment I woke up I strongly felt that 2014 may be a better year than its predecessor – a very difficult year in many respects.
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Ethiopia & Netherlands sign MoU: How much have Ethiopian producers directly benefitted from their cooperation?

5 Apr

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin

Ambassador Dina Mufti

Ambassador Dina Mufti

This article is based on ERTA news report: Ethiopia, Netherlands sign MoU . It dwells on the remarks of Ambassador Dina Mufti, Spokesperson of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On Thursday April 4, the spokesperson is quoted stating, “Netherlands is one of those countries that have remarkable economic and diplomatic relations with Ethiopia.” By that sentence, I was induced into expecting to read in the next line how much Ethiopia, as a country and Ethiopians as investors and entrepreneurs, have benefitted from that “remarkable economic and diplomatic relations” with the Netherlands.
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Ethiopia & Kenya sign special pact to bolster economic-ties

22 Nov

By Africa News

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn arrived in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, Wednesday for talks with host Mwai Kibaki, on his first official visit since assuming the leadership of Africa’s third most populous country. The two East African leaders signed a bilateral pact to raise the profile of their economic and trade relations during a meeting, aiming to grow their trade ties and asked the private firms and state bodies on both sides to exploit the pact.
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