S. Sudan's Kiir to visit Ethiopia today - Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:03

Addis Ababa, 17 April 2014 - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir will arrive in Addis Ababa on Thursday, a senior government official told Anadolu Agency. | 17-Apr-2014 10:23

Introducing Dal's honorary degree recipients for Spring Convocation 2014

Donghyuk Shin, Anne McGuire and Maureen Joanne Sabia are three of this year's honorary degree recipients at Spring Convocation. | 17-Apr-2014 00:14

Ann Peacock to Pen Feature Screenplay based on Saving the Lost Tribe

Ann Peacock is set to write a feature screenplay based on the acclaimed book Saving the Lost Tribe: The Rescue and Redemption of the Ethiopian Jews by Asher Naim. | 16-Apr-2014 19:59

Planned Anti-Gay Rally in Ethiopia Is Cancelled

Two groups had been planning to hold a large anti-gay rally in Addis Ababa on April 26. But Dereje Negash, chairman of a religious group affiliated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, said the cancellation came after people inside the church asked the government to prevent the rally. | 16-Apr-2014 15:45

Ethiopian FA deadlocked in talks to appoint ex Ghana coach Goran Stevanoic

The Ethiopian FA are deadlocked in talks with former Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic towards appointing him to take over their vacant national team job. | 16-Apr-2014 15:45

Gunmen kill nine in western Ethiopia bus attack - state media

Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying dozens of people in western Ethiopia near the Sudanese border, killing nine and wounding six others, state-run media said on Wednesday. | 16-Apr-2014 11:35

Transnational Large Scale Agricultural Firms in Gambella Regional State, Ethiopia

Full title: Transnational Large Scale Agricultural Firms in Gambella Regional State, Ethiopia: Local Potentials, Opportunities and Constraints for Market Linkage and Contractual Farming Schemes

Adil Yassin
January 2014

Even though Transnational Corporations (TNCs) yield a huge potential in supporting the local economy, this opportunity is not realised yet. Concerns on weak market linkage with TNCs are not keenly explored in the literature, if weak linkages result from TNCs failure to utilise local market opportunities or if it is associated with weak local capacity with regard to labour availability, institutional capacity, market demand, and legal support. This study, based on annual import data, discovered that that there is potential demand for TNCs’ products (particularly rice, palm oil, maize, sugar and wheat) to establish forward linkage. Hence, high foreign currency expenditure might be cut, if imports can be substituted by TNCs supply to local market. The government, however, seems to focus on acquiring foreign currency more than reducing its expenditure through local transaction with TNCs. On the other hand, local economy’s capacity in providing inputs for TNCs is weak indicating challenge in backward linkage. Since the introduction of TNCs in Gambella, five years down the line, the most dominant and visible linkage happened in the form of labour [unskilled] employment. The volume of jobs created is insignificant compared to other countries’ standards. Thus far, due to the poor performance of TNCs, government’s expectation of employment generation, infrastructure development, market linkage and foreign currency acquisition are not realised adequately; as a result, it has regarded them as ‘failed’ projects. An absence of linkages with the local economy may lead to enclave development in the near future where there is limited market or economic benefit. Contract Farming (CF), if managed well, can be a viable means to enhance linkage with the local economy. However, there are considerable challenges to establish and facilitate CF in the Gambella region. Undefined land tenure system in the region, less government emphasis on CF in low land areas, TNCs business interest and financial problems, quality of farmers products and lack of modern inputs, and limited experience in CF, among others, are the main current and future challenges. It is concluded that weak linkage happens from both corners due to: lack of TNCs realisation and interest of local potentials and inadequate local capabilities.

This paper was produced with support from the Early Career Fellowship Programme. | 16-Apr-2014 10:00

The rise and rise of Ethiopia

As we heard recently the CIA World Fact book reported, Ethiopia has now become the 7th biggest economy in Africa and the 69th biggest economy in the world with a 118.2 billion USD GDP PPP for 2013. | 16-Apr-2014 09:31

Ethiopian Airlines adds Kano, Nigeria to it's Global Network as 81st Destination

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce the commencement of four weekly flights to Kano, Nigeria, starting 24 May 2014. | 15-Apr-2014 22:01

Economic consequences of foot-and-mouth disease

Students gather around picnic tables under giant oaks at the Cummings School on an early fall afternoon. | 15-Apr-2014 17:48

The richest person in Poland to invest in Ethiopia

The polish billionaire, Jan Kulczyk is keen to invest in the energy sector in Ethiopia. | 15-Apr-2014 13:38

Ethiopia's Chickpea Industry Sees Boost by Large-Scale Initiative - Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:36

Addis Ababa, 15 April 2014 - A Guts Agro Industry initiative means that Ethiopia's staple Shiro dish will soon be pre-packaged and available in supermarkets and shops after the company secured 66,000 dollars in funding from USAID. | 15-Apr-2014 09:23

Kelela: An R&B star-to-be

Her futuristic love songs feel like high-def screen grabs of latent passion, micro-tonal desire and other in-the-middle emotions that the English language can't quite articulate. | 15-Apr-2014 06:13

Ethiopia: Hilton to Be Renovated At a Cost of Br100 Million

Addis Ababa Hilton Hotel is to be renovated at a cost of 100 million birr. Informed sources told The Reporter that the hotel would soon embark on major renovation work that will transform the hotel. | 15-Apr-2014 01:59

Happy Third Anniversary GERD

Out of the many historic and great speeches our great leader Ato Meles Zenawi gave the one he did at the event held to lay the cornerstone of Ethiopia's " Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam " stands out. | 14-Apr-2014 21:54

Breakthrough in riding the rails in Ethiopia - Monday, 14 April 2014 14:23

Addis Ababa, 14 April 2014 - As dusk falls on Addis Ababa, it is easy to spot the shadows of the giant cranes that are busy laying the rails for Ethiopia's ambitious light-rail transit system. | 14-Apr-2014 17:39

Deputy Premier meets Ethiopian ambassador

DOHA: HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud met Monday with HE Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Qatar Meganu Arga. | 14-Apr-2014 13:30

Ethiopia: Heineken Seeks for Br700 Million Loan From CBE

Sources told The Reporter that Heineken had been looking to get hold of some three to five billion birr since joining the local market in 2011. | 14-Apr-2014 12:25

Resource scarcity and the environment: evidence review and research gap analysis

This study focuses on the issue of resource scarcity and how it affects the environment and environmental resources as well as growth and poverty in developing countries. The study’s main geographical scope is Sub-Saharan Africa and South, although other locations are considered in case they provide information transferrable to other contexts.

The paper finds that the issue of natural resource scarcity has received considerable attention at the global scale, and it is an increasingly prominent issue on global agendas. In this sense, there is an accumulation of evidence to suggest that resource scarcity and poverty are closely related. However, the precise nature of that relationship is both contested and vague. In addition, the document finds that:

  • whilst climate change conceivably affects every aspect of resource scarcity, some of the effects of climate change are likely to be more important than others in explaining resource scarcity
  • similarly, scarcity is acknowledged to be an important potential driver of conflict yet there is debate about the particular factors that most strongly promote conflict, and this is a potential area in which further research might yield valuable insights

The author concludes that further research might prioritise and clarify the question of which factors matter most in driving – and in explaining – resource scarcity. | 13-Apr-2014 21:06

Polish billionaire shows interest in Ethiopia - Sunday, 13 April 2014 11:47

Addis Ababa, 13 April 204 - Poland's richest man, Jan Kulczyk , founder and owner of Kulczyk Holding SA and international investment house, Kulczyk Investments with headquarters in Luxembourg and offices in London, Kiev and Dubai, came to Ethiopia this week and met with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and officials from the African Union. | 13-Apr-2014 15:42

'Brown Condor' Thomas E. Simmons returns from visit to Ethiopia

SUN HERALD/FILEAuthor Tom Simmons stands next to a bronze bust of Gulfport native and black aviation pioneer John Charles Robinson. | 13-Apr-2014 09:22

Ethiopian Diaspora in the UK mark 3rd GERD Anniversary

Members of the Ethiopian Diaspora residing in the UK marked the third anniversary of the launch of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam , pledging to mobilize more resources to see through the mega project that would feed energy to one of the fast growing economies in the world. | 13-Apr-2014 04:03

In a crowded market, entrepreneur finds a sweet way to stand out

Shega Shero Eatery in Ethiopia's capital city was at risk of failing because the restaurant scene in Addis Ababa was already saturated with similar businesses with almost identical menus. | 12-Apr-2014 02:51

Addis light rail enters final phase - Friday, 11 April 2014 19:14

The construction of the Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit project entered traction works, a final phase in the construction of the electrified rail system. | 11-Apr-2014 22:46

Canada provides over 5.6 Million USD in Grant to Support Ethiopia's Women Entrepreneurs

Addis Ababa, April 12, - Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development has signed a 5.6 million USD grant with UNDP Ethiopia to build the entrepreneurial capacity of around twenty-five thousand Ethiopian women and female youth. | 11-Apr-2014 16:37

"Renaissance Dam to Transform Ethiopia's Economic base from...

The multibillion-dollar Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam which is currently 30% complete has not received a penny in external funding thence solely financed by Addis Ababa based central coffers and contributions from Ethiopians in the Diaspora and citizens of neighbouring African countries, Somaliland Sun Reports. | 11-Apr-2014 09:08

Reverend Bob Thorn Drowns While Rowing From Dorset To Cornwall For Lenten Pilgrimage

The body of Reverend Bob Thorn, a popular pastor in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, U.K., was found on Monday after a search of several hours, reports the BBC . | 10-Apr-2014 19:39

Africa's Anti-Gay Movement Spreads to Ethiopia

Two groups in Ethiopia said Thursday that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration later this month, a move that puts Ethiopia in line to become the next African country to increase the public demonization of gays. | 10-Apr-2014 17:35

Africa's anti-gay movement spreads to Ethiopia

Two groups in Ethiopia said Thursday that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration later this month, a move that puts Ethiopia in line to become the next African country to increase the public demonization of gays. | 10-Apr-2014 17:34

Ethiopia, China keen to further boost bilateral economic cooperation - Thursday, 10 April 2014 05:14

Ethiopia and China on Wednesday expressed commitment to further boost bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries, reports. | 10-Apr-2014 08:21

SUMMIT-Ethiopian oil marketer says Africa needs to refine its oil

Ethiopia's leading private oil marketer plans to expand into neighbouring east African economies and is interested in part financing a refinery after commercial discoveries in the region. | 09-Apr-2014 19:46

Powerful Achievement

The third year of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was celebrated on Wednesday April 2nd in the presence of high level government officials and guests. | 09-Apr-2014 18:41

Defense Ministry to Establish Joint Forces With Sudan to Tighten - Wednesday, 09 April 2014 04:54

Addis Ababa, 9 April 2014 - The Ministry of Defense on Thursday announced that it had agreed with the government of Sudan to establish joint forces to tighten security along the common border of the two nations from any external aggression and potential threat. | 09-Apr-2014 14:37

Ethiopia's New stadium Deal goes to Qatar, Australia consortium - Wednesday, 09 April 2014 04:48

Ethiopia's to FIFA/Olympic-standard stadium is to be built by a Qatar and Australia consortium, the Doha-based Australian company Designsport said in a statement.The company, in partnership with local Ethiopian architects JDAW, won the bid based on its design for a sunken arena for a new national stadium and sports village in the Ethiopian capital, ... (more) | 09-Apr-2014 10:22

Teff, Ethiopia's nutritious grain - Wednesday, 09 April 2014 04:43

Addis Ababa, 9 April 2014 - Although teff has been a staple of traditional Ethiopian cooking for thousands of years, this gluten-free grain is quickly climbing to super-grain status in our country. | 09-Apr-2014 10:22

Woman nabbed with 686 grammes of cocaine in her private part

Plan by a food vendor who allegedly inserted 685 grammes of cocaine in her private part, to beat security operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, has been foiled,as she was arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA The suspect identified as Chinelo Okorom Lynnette, 36, was arrested during an ... (more) | 09-Apr-2014 09:18

The Eritrean army is in a pathetic state of collapse

The tiny nation of Eritrea in the Horn of Africa is collapsing in every way. Eritrea which is dubbed the North Korea of Africa is the second youngest nation in Africa next to South Sudan. | 09-Apr-2014 06:08

Sugar factory expansion project nearing completion - Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:54

Addis Ababa, 8 April 2014 - The Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory expansion project expected to produce 8,000 quintal per day is 98 per cent complete. | 09-Apr-2014 01:58

Ethiopia: 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' in 2014 Ethiopiana

In Orwellian Ethiopia, the government is using foreign technology to bolster its widespread telecom surveillance of opposition activists and journalists both in Ethiopia and abroad. | 08-Apr-2014 21:43

Ethiopia's coffee speciality sector blossoms - Tuesday, 08 April 2014 16:21

Addis Ababa, 8 April 2014 - The coffee sector is beginning to resemble the wine market, with buyers willing to pay a premium for crops that reflect local climates and harvesting techniques. | 08-Apr-2014 18:34

Ethiopia withdraw appointment of ex-Ghana coach Barreto, set sights...

Ethiopia have rescinded their decision to hand over the national team job to ex Ghana coach Mariano Barreto and are rather looking to give the job to Goran Stevanovic. | 08-Apr-2014 15:19

A priceless modern Ethiopia her...

Ethiopia has enjoyed rapid economic growth since 1991 and is in dire need of development projects which require huge dams like the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam . | 08-Apr-2014 12:09

Social protection training day: overview

This document is a summary of key points made by each speaker in the “Social Protection Training Day” event that took place in the UK in 2013.

The paper shows that social protection is a combination of social assistance and social insurance, illustrating that only a minority of people eligible to receive social protection in any given country are actually able to access it.

The document states that it is worthwhile exploring the interaction between social protection and growth but important not to judge these programmes solely on their contribution to economic development. In this sense, the document underscores that social protection is not a substitute for other forms of development that focus on economic development, but a complementary means of reaching the very poor.

Conclusions are that:

  • social protection programmes are increasingly targeting women; women’s economic empowerment can have spill-over dividends on both children’s welfare and whole communities
  • it is possible to show evidence of social protection programmes leading to growth and job creation, but it is difficult to argue that such programmes offer the most cost-effective way of achieving this
  • beyond bilateral humanitarian support, social protection can be built into national systems of tax and welfare to ensure its long-term sustainability as a safety net for the very poor | 07-Apr-2014 22:57

International rivers should know GERD won't be delayed even for a single minute

Anti-dam activist groups, especially the three sister NGOs Survival International, International Rivers, and Friends of Lake Turkana had left no stone unturned in their sinister but futile attempt to stop the construction of the Gilgel Gibe III dam project. | 07-Apr-2014 18:31

Ethiopia: Govt, Sheba Investment Negotiate Tobacco Enterprise Acquisition

The government of Ethiopia is negotiating with representatives of Sheba Investment PLC - a company owned by foreign investors - for the full acquisition of the National Tobacco Enterprise SC, a legal tobacco monopoly in Ethiopia, The Reporter has learnt. | 07-Apr-2014 12:22

Africa: Low-Income Green Economies Woo Private Capital - Experts

Business should play a bigger role in financing renewable energy and green growth in low-income countries, to help build a buffer against climate change, experts told a recent conference in Ethiopia's capital. | 07-Apr-2014 10:11

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