“By 2020 We Could Have up to Six Exchanges in Africa”

Eleni Z. Gabre-Madhin (PhD) is one of the most well known Ethiopian economists living today. The Stanford-trained businesswoman is perhaps best known for conceptualizing, founding and running the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), which provides buyers and sellers of agricultural products …

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Too Many Cars Spoil the Roads

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 …

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Can Castel Emerge as a Top Wine Producer in Ethiopia?: What the French Company’s Presence in Ethio

Despite wine becoming more popular among some segments of Ethiopian society, the country still lags behind others with regards its per capita consumption of wine. Still, the Castel Group, a France-based international company, started producing wines locally here in Ethiopia. …

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Is The Ethiopian Premier League Ready For The Spotlight?: What Live Televised Club Matches Could Mea

It’s no secret that football is a popular sport among Ethiopians. But to date, only those fans that have been able to access stadiums have been able to experience matches between their favourite clubs. But all that may be changing …

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Broken Wings : Why Private Airlines in Ethiopia Are Not Doing as Well as the National Carrier

Broken Wings : Why Private Airlines in Ethiopia Are Not Doing as Well as the National Carrier

Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopia’s flagship national carrier, has been experiencing impressive growth by most measures. The Airline is continually adding planes to its fleet, is expa... Read more

For Whoever Has, to Him Shall be Given The Challenges of Local Investors to Access Finance While Foreigners Amass

For Whoever Has,  to Him Shall be Given The Challenges of Local Investors to Access Finance While Foreigners Amass

As the Ethiopian government seeks to transform the economy into one that’s rooted in manufacturing, the simplicity for local investors to access finance is becoming easier said t... Read more

Land Lease Price in Addis: A Market Neither Logic nor Theory Explains

Land Lease Price in Addis: A Market Neither Logic nor Theory Explains

In 1975, the Ethiopian government undertook a robust land reform plan to create equitable access to land particularly in urban areas. However, forty years after these reforms, it... Read more

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Volunteerism In Ethiopia: Can It Help Ground People In A Fast-Growing Country?

Volunteerism In Ethiopia: Can It Help Ground People In A Fast-Growing Country?

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 t... Read more

Too Many Cars Spoil the Roads

Too Many Cars Spoil the Roads

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 larg... Read more

From Life Saving to Livelihood Improvement: The Trial of PSNP in Rural Ethiopia

From Life Saving to Livelihood Improvement: The Trial of PSNP in Rural Ethiopia

Regular food shortages can hinder the life of rural farmers, continuing the cycle of poverty and making some already destitute situations even direr. The Ethiopian government sought to ... Read more

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Adam Retta’s Interconnected…

Adam Retta’s Interconnected World: How the Writer Uses His Novels to Comment on Society

Adam Retta is an Ethiopian writer whose novels and short stories are becoming increasingly popular among Ethiopian readers. Some of his most... Read more

Galleria Cafés: A Mutual R…

Galleria Cafés:  A Mutual Relationship between Arts, Services

Cafes that exhibit artwork have long been a staple in Europe and the Americas. The trend is also starting to arise in Addis Ababa. EBR’s Mes... Read more

Celebrities for charities

Celebrities for charities

Last Easter, when Christian Ethiopians were celebrating the feast, Yoseph Gebre, a young musician who now hosts a show called ‘Jossy in the ... Read more

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Too Many Cars Spoil the Roads

Too Many Cars Spoil the Roads

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 i... Read more

Far-Flung Possibilities? : The Potentials and Challenges of Engaging the Ethiopian Diaspora in Economic Development

Far-Flung Possibilities? :  The Potentials and Challenges of Engaging the Ethiopian Diaspora in Economic Development

The Ethiopian government estimates that it has more than two million Ethiopian-born people who comprise its vast global diaspora, living in the United States, Europe, Australia and the Middle East, among other ... Read more

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Fast Food Grows Fast in Addis Ababa

Fast Food Grows Fast  in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa has a rich food culture, with restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world. Still, the development of fast food restaurants and chains hasn’t been as robust... Read more

Living by the Tip: The Evolving Culture of Tipping in Ethiopia

Living by the Tip: The Evolving Culture of Tipping in Ethiopia

In one of the recent hits of Woody Allen’s thrilling movies ‘Blue Jasmine’, (winner of this year’s Academy Awards for best actress and nominated for best picture and best scre... Read more

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The White-Box of Ethiopian Agriculture

The agricultural sector remains our Achilles heel, nonetheless, we remain convinced that agricultural-based development remains the only source of hope ...

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Shooting in the Dark: The Anomalies of Headhunting

The war for ‘heads’ – also known as talent – has been raging for many years and the manner headhunters ‘poach’ people is getting tougher ...

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Understanding Chinese Investment in Ethiopia A Critical Evaluation of the World Bank’s “Chinese FDI in Ethiopia” Survey

The World Bank country office in Ethiopia, apparently in response to the request by the government of Ethiopia, has conducted a survey of...

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Mitigating Growing Income Inequality: What Needs to Be Done

Rising income and wealth inequality in many countries around the world has been a long-term trend for three decades or more. But the atte...

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Delivering Life Insurance: The Untapped Market in Ethiopia

Modern insurance transaction in Ethiopia was started by an Egyptian Bank in 1905. According to Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce there were 19, 33 and 40 insuran...

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Headache When a Key Personnel leaves a Company in the Financial Sector

The financial sector in Ethiopia has undergone considerable changes in recent decades. The dramatic rise of new market players into the sector has vividly al...

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Women and the World Economy

In many countries, public debate about gender equality focuses mainly on women’s access to top positions and high-powered career opportunities. But the “glas...

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Big Score: When a Growing Number of Ethiopian Foot

In the early sixties, some European football clubs showed particular interest in signing the late, legendary Ethiopian footballer Mengistu Worku.  This came about after watching his performance and reading very Read more

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Discovering Oil in Ethiopia: A Curse or a Blessing

In the first part of this article I have noted potential economic problems that may arise from discovery of oil in Ethiopia. I have also highlighted the fiscal policy direction Read more

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Fertilizers Dysfunction: Nation Hopes on New Techn

For the last twelve years in a raw, Mustafa Siraj, 39, a father of three has used fertilizers on his three hectares of farming land in order to increase the Read more

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Holiday Discounts: Are They for Real?

Holyday is a time for family gatherings, eating, drinking and merriment. The New Year especially is a moment of fresh start and time for new plans new beginnings. But as Read more

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Safety First: Workers Paying the Price for Poor Oc

Abebe Tesfaye, a father of two, in Akaki Kality District, has worked for 20 years as a metal repair at a government construction company. Earning an ETB1,250 per month salary, Read more

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To Be or Not To Be Insured: How Health and Life In

Lelise Gezahegn, 37, is working on her Masters Degree in social anthropology at Indra Ghandi University through distance education. Before this, she had been working for an international NGO as Read more

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“Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in

Mavericks at Work explores some of the most successful, innovative businesses in the US, presenting the reader with the goals, strategies and methods that have made companies powerhouses in their Read more

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What Africa Can Learn from East Asia’s Development

While the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis, and the growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region – Sub-Saharan Read more

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Violent Lotteries

Since the National Lottery Administration began its operation by issuing the first lottery named Regular lottery on September 8, 1961, it has introduced and sold a variety of lotteries to Read more

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The Malt Effect: How the Growing Beer Industry Cre

Farmers in the highlands of Wogera, Dabat and Debarq Woredas in North Gondar Zone of the Amhara Regional State, produce barley and sell the spares from consumption in the local Read more

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The number of cars caught crossing Ethiopia’s border illegally in the 2012-13 fiscal year.  The number of cars entering into Ethiopia has grown by leaps and bounds in the past... Read more