Ethiopian Business Review

In Ethiopia, road traffic accident (RTA) has been among the main causes of death. For example, 4,500 people died of RTA in 2016/17. The problem seems staggering in Addis Ababa. In fact, it became one of the top ten causes of deaths in the city in the last decade. The number of deaths due to RTA rose from 395 in 2006/07 to 463 in 2016/17. The city administration, which introduced road traffic safety strategy in March 2017, has launched its action plan recently. With primary targets of halving deaths and injuries by 2023; and providing sustainable transport systems for all by 2030, the action plan establishes a framework to implement a successful road safety programme. EBR explores the strategy and the potential developments to come.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 03:00
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Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth has contributed to urbanization, which means that places like Addis Ababa have large populations and a growing number of poor people. Some critics say that this is contributing to a more selfish society – people only care about themselves. But young people all over the country are starting to change that by volunteering for special causes and starting organizations of their own. EBR’s Meseret Mamo spoke with volunteers and experts about volunteerism and the benefits it’s conferring for the people involved.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:00
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If you’ve ever driven or walked around Addis Ababa, it’s quite clear that the roads are congested and the traffic can be, at times, pretty bad. That’s because there’s been a rather large influx of cars coming into the country – thousands per year, by some estimates. As more and more Ethiopians are gaining access to increasing amounts of money, some are purchasing cars in order to make life and doing business easier. But what are the implications of this trend? EBR’s Berihun Mekonnen spoke with drivers and government officials about the issue.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:00
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