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What now?

Tsedale Lemma

 Ethiopia’s recent military strike against rebel-controlled outposts inside Eritrea sent a signal of yet another full-blown war in the making. All things can happen but that 

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For the leaders of two countries who embraced war as their best resort to get desperately needed power there is nothing as tickly as dragging on indefinitely in a state of no peace-no war for more than a decade. And when each leader accuses the other of cunning political games to destabilize his country, slowly but surely things tend to get tough.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and his former brother-in-arms President Isaias Afeworki of Eritrea know this all too well. After they have successfully battled a common enemy, the two countries fell out half a dozen years later over the border town of Badme, and fought a costly war between 1998 and 2000.

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Poverty in Ethiopia - Arithmetic fairytale

Hone Mandefro

 How an interim report about poverty alarmingly omits the poor from its index and declares a decline in poverty.


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the difference is ghastly

With the start of the new millennium in the year 2000, the World Bank and IMF replaced the decades-old Structural Adjustment Programs with Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) as the basis for their lending. It was part of the effort to mitigate the negative consequences of poverty reduction policies in countries struggling to sustain a sound economic development.

Since then more than a dozen developing countries have written different rounds of poverty reduction strategy papers followed by monitoring and evaluation system of their implementations.

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Darfur: healing at last, hopefully

In the wake of a complex civil war like the one that ravaged Darfur, it is easy to lose hope of a return to normalcy. But the odds of claiming a peaceful Darfur never looked more promising

Tsedale Lemma

From the March 2012 edition of Addis Standard magazine


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If the UN and the African Union Commission (AUC) were places where there is, from time to time, a race to win a prize for holding a job description that is complicated and delicate at the same time, the one person to qualify would be Nigeria’s finest international diplomat Ibrahim Gambari, the Special Representative, since 2010, for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). 

Mr. Gambari is a double agent for a peacekeeping mission both by the UN and the AUC and is tasked to deal with the world’s most complicated rebel groups and the government in the Sudan, whose President Omar al-Bashir both the UN and the AUC hold different perspectives about (the former declined to heed to the latter’s request to suspend ICC’s indictment against the President). Mr. Gambari also presides over the largest peacekeeping mission of the UN out of the 17 it maintains throughout the world. 

What more does a job need to be delicate and complicated?

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