Ethiopian Business Review

The Politics of Urban Land Policy, Affordable Housing

Monday, 11 June 2018 19:25 Published in Topic

As housing affordability in the capital becomes a hot issue, the twin problems of ‘asset bubbles’ and housing affordability have challenged the minds of policy-makers, experts and the general public. The demand for housing has kept increasing in urban areas like Addis Ababa, whereas the supply of land has remained unchanged, leading to inflated prices. This, in turn, diminishes the affordability of houses for residents.  Worryingly, any low and average income earners are unable to construct or buy their own houses due to the skyrocketing lease prices. While experts attribute the problem to the law governing urban land distribution, the government remains firm in its position that there is no shortage, Samson Berhane, EBR’s staff writer, reports.

Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its 100th aircraft, Boeing 787 Dreamliner on June 6, 2018, once again leading the way in fleet expansion and modernization in Africa.


Sunday, 03 June 2018 22:43 Published in Quote

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” 

From the Horse’s Mouth

“We won’t negotiate with looters, let alone agreed to a loan.”

From the Horse’s Mouth

“Only those who were in it can understand the hardship.”

When the Beautiful Game Turns Ugly

Sunday, 03 June 2018 17:25 Published in Sport Biz

Enjoying live football, in stadiums with fans and friends alike is a popular way of spending leisure time in almost every corner of the world. Sometimes, however, the ‘beautiful game’ takes an ugly turn. Football violence in Ethiopia is creating chaos and unrest during matches, sometimes fuelled by anger at referee decisions, and sometimes for reasons that are unrelated to football. EBR adjunct writer Abiy Wondifraw reports. 

Legacy of Freedom

Sunday, 03 June 2018 17:10 Published in News

The end of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia, which was marked by the return of Emperor Haile Selassie I was celebrated for the 77th time on May 5th (Patriots’ Victory Day) in Arat Kilo, at the heart of Addis Ababa. The celebration commemorated the sacrifice of the patriots who lost their lives during the fight to put an end to Italy’s occupation in 1941, and was held in the presence of veteran fighters, and higher level government officials, including President Mulatu Teshome and Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Ababa, as well as the representatives of various international and regional organizations, and city residents. Thousands of Ethiopians and tourists crowded the streets to join in the festivities; and some major roads across the capital were adorned with signs celebrating the occasions.

Government Officials Have A Socialist Mentality

Sunday, 03 June 2018 16:43 Published in Interview

Tassew Woldehanna (Prof) has over three decades of experience in academic, research and consultancy services in the areas of child welfare, poverty and food security in Ethiopia and elsewhere. The 56 year old researcher has been involved in the national Poverty Analysis Report; a controversial study criticized for neglecting the facts on the ground.

Tassew’s academic life started at the Ambo Institute of Agriculture, where he graduated with a diploma in agronomy in 1983. He received an MSc in Agricultural and Environmental Economics and Policy as well as a PhD in Economics from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

His career has taken him to many places, including spending time as a researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute and at the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, and the Department of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University, USA. 

He joined Addis Ababa University (AAU) in 2000 as an assistant professor of economics. He also served in various leadership positions at the university including as college dean; and vice president for research until he assumed the post of president in February 2018. 

The process that led to Tassew’s ascent to one of the top jobs in Ethiopian higher education was unique. 

The Ministry of Education, for the first time, invited applicants to fill the post of AAU’s president through a competitive recruitment process. Accordingly, 22 applicants, including Fikre Desalegn (Prof.), brother of former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalgen and president of the Ethiopian Civil Service University; and Masresha Fetene (Prof), who Tassew replaced as research vice president in the University, competed to replace Admasu Tsegaye (Prof.), who was assigned as Ambassador of Ethiopia to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. 

Tassew was finally selected by the Ministry from among three finalists, including Jeilu Oumer (PhD), AAU’s serving academic vice president; and Bekele Gutema (PhD), Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Social Sciences. 

EBR’s Samson Berhane sat down with Tassew, on the sidelines of the seventh Tana Forum held in Bahir Dar last month, to get his take on the current economic and political situation in the country, and his work at AAU.

How not to fight Corruption in Ethiopia

Sunday, 03 June 2018 15:38 Published in View Point

Corruption is a pervasive and very complex global phenomenon. The practice is as old as humanity itself. Although the magnitude and effect varies across history and geography, it affects all nations indiscriminately. With a view to curbing corruption, the UN and other international organizations have devised national anti-corruption strategies including the UN Anti-Corruption Convention. There are also international institutions that measure countries’ level of corruption. The most commonly cited corruption index is Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) which ranks the perception of corruption of public bodies using pre-determined criteria.  According to the 2018 Annual CPI, Ethiopia is ranked 107 out of 180 countries. Ethiopia is considered among the most corrupt countries in the world.

Africa's Alternative Path to Development

Sunday, 03 June 2018 14:31 Published in Commentary

Recent projections indicate that several Sub-Saharan African countries will experience robust economic growth over the next five years. By 2023, around one-third of the region’s economies will have grown at an average annual rate of five percent or higher since 2000.

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