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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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 remedy this problem through establishing the Productivity Safety Net Program. The Program aims to improve food security for poor households in rural farming areas. So far, the Program has had considerable success.  EBR’s Berihun Mekonnen spoke with some of the Program’s participants as well as some critics who think the Program could be doing more. 

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