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World Bank Grants USD 24mln for Two Ethiopian Universities

World-bank-grants-24mln-to-ethiopian-universitiesJanuary 16, 2017 - The World Bank has granted a 24 million US dollars support for Addis Ababa and Haremaya universities to help them establish centers of excellence.

Both universities were selected to be East and South African centers of excellence after competing with other African universities.

Hence, Addis Ababa University (AAU) will open three and Haremaya University (HU) one center of excellence.

The World Bank provided 6 million US dollars for the establishment of each center.

In a related development, AAU and the European Union (EU) signed a memorandum of understand

Conference on Peace and Development Opens in Addis Ababa

National-reconciliation-ethiopiaJanuary 11, 2017 - A national consultative forum aimed at deliberating on peace and development kicked off here in Addis Ababa yesterday, according to FBC.

Organized by the Inter Religious Council of Ethiopia, the two-day forum will help come up with solutions for common challenges of peace and development.

Speaking at the event, Kassa Teklebirhan, Minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoral Area Development, said the government has continued conducting reform program to better respond for questions raised by the public.

The public have been taking active part in the reform program carried out so far, he said, further ca

Religious Leaders Ask Ethiopians to Reflect on Peace and Development

Abune-MathiasJanuary 6, 2017 - Ethiopian Christian Fathers urged their followers today to celebrate Christmas by reflecting on peace and development, according to ENA.

The Fathers of the various Christian denominations have extended their Christmas wishes to followers that celebrate the holiday tomorrow.

Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abune Matias said the purpose of His incarnation is to bring peace and harmony.

The faithful should thus celebrate Christmas by reconciling people, supporting the weak and consulting one another, he added.

“Christ was born to abolish discord and hatred and replace lasting p

Addis Ababa Finalizes Plans to Transfer 40/60 Condominiums

40-60-housing-ready-for-transferDecember 23, 2016 - Addis Ababa Saving Houses Development Enterprise said that preparations are finalized to transfer 1,292 houses under 40/60 housing scheme.

Communication work process head with the enterprise, Yohannes Abayeneh told WIC that preparations are finalized to transfer about 1, 292 houses recently from the total  of 39, 229 houses under construction during the last three and half year.    

According to Yohannes, houses of 40/60 housing scheme are under construction in 13 construction sites. The construction of 1,292 houses found in  senga tera and crown sites were comp

Amhara State Preparing Mobilization Forum to Boost Youth Employment

Et-AmharaDecember 16, 2016 - The Amhara regional state has planned to prepare a mobilization forum for the engagement of more youth in various areas of employment. The forum is scheduled to be part of the strategy to create more than 800 thousand jobs in the region this year.

Chief administrator of the region is to chair the forum to take place in the weekend.

The forum is expected to help the region trace the drawbacks, success and failures witnessed in terms of creating employment in the region so far. Successful entrepreneurs are expected to share their experiences to others.

Belay Zeleke, Deputy Head of Technical and Vocational Enterprises Development Bure

Active Public Participation Needed for Successful Reform - PM

PM-EthiopiaDecember 8, 2016 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in his speech at the 11th Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Day celebration held today at Harari town, said that the public should scale up the deep reform in a well comprehended, qualitative and active participation to realize Ethiopian renaissance. 

The premier noted that Ethiopia has recorded a fast economic growth in the past 15 years, though there are shackles that need more effort to be exerted on.

The anti-peace elements motivated by chauvinism and extremism should be effectively prevented from derailing the leap forward the country has continued to make.

Addis Ababa Slums Slowly Disappearing

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October 30, 2016 - The Ethiopian government wants to do two things at once. Ridding the capital city of its slums, and providing housing for three million inhabitants of the capital, according to AFP report.

The main slums in Addis must become the business center of the Ethiopian capital, but slum dwellers do not like the idea. The municipal had given them a month to clear out of their homes and they have complained that they had been forcefully removed.

For the authorities however, whose objective is to raise Ethiopia among the middle-income countries by 2025 – a gross national income (GNI) per capita above $ 1,000 &n

Where is Khat Taking Ethiopia?

By Seble Teweldebirhan

KhatAddis Ababa, May 8, 2013 ( – From all the rulers that followed the Solomonic Dynasty in Ethiopia, Lij Iyasu, the grandson of Emperor Menelik II was a lot different. The young designated but uncrowned Emperor of Ethiopia (1913-16), who was supposed to be succeeding the throne of his grandfather by will, did not get to be the king for several

Supporting the Ethiopian Family through Migration

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Ethiopian MigrationAddis Ababa, March 26, 2013 ( - Wherever they might be, Ethiopians, have a deep love and connection to their families. Even with all the faults and unnecessary responsibilities they carry, Ethiopians all over the world scarifice their time and money to support and change their families. In fact, supporting family in financial t

Journey Through Northern Ethiopia: Part One

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Northern EthiopiaAddis Ababa, January 16, 2013, ( - I am used to writing the hectic life in the capital Addis Ababa. In fact, as a person born and raised in Addis Ababa, I have mostly thought Ethiopia is pretty much its capital. I thought Addis has all kind of people from every part of the country and if a person wishes to understand Ethiopi

The Increasing Problem of Stray Dogs in Addis Ababa

By Meron Tekleberhan


Ethiopian Stray DogsAddis Ababa, January 3, 2012 ( - A repeated issue that is raised by the neighborhood committee in the area that I live in is the issue of the ever increasing number of stray dogs. The committee reso

Cardiovascular Diseases Becoming Major Health Threat in Ethiopia


By Seble Teweldebirhan

Heart Desease in EthiopiaAddis Ababa, December 27, 2012 ( - Cardiovascular diseases (a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels) were mainly considered the problem of the developed world just a few decades back. However

Adoption: Beyond the Rhetoric

By Meron Tekleberhan


Ethiopian adoptionsAddis Ababa, December 16, 2012 ( - In a recent article that I wrote for this site I told the story of an Ethiopian couple who adopted two abandoned children through a domestic adoption agency. One of t

The Challenges Facing Modern Ethiopian Woman

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Addis Ababa, December 12, 2012 ( - As globalization reaches many urbanized areas of Ethiopia, the role of women in a society is redefining itself. For many educated and self-sustaining women, the current era is a transitional period. It is a time when they try to please their traditionally oriented parents, the society and their own definition of fitting into the society. As a result, women have to cover the roles of a primary caregiver to the family and at the same time work full time and fulfill responsibilities at work places.

In addition to serving all traditional roles, society also expects modern women to make a living of their own and become professionals o

Condoning Crime Against Women

By Meron Teklebirhan


Crime against womenAddis Ababa, December 7, 2012 ( - Gender equality is an issue that is afforded a significant amount of attention right now in Ethiopia. Many facets of public policy are designed to ensure the representation and

Happy Endings to Sad Beginnings

By Meron Tekleberhan

Happy EndingAddis Ababa, November 15, 2012 ( - Tarikua and Girum were just two of many children abandoned as infants by parents who were either unable or unwilling to take

Developing a Democratic Culture and Civil Discourse

By Meron Tekleberhan

Democratic CultureAddis Ababa, October 28, 2012 ( - The need for a democratic political system is one that we often hear and from different corners. The national discourse on the need for democracy is unanimous but the means of getting to that end is one that is heavily contested. The polarized nature of the political discourse has led to a division b

Garbage Disposal System Creating Problems for Addis Ababa Residents

By Meron Tekleberhan


Garabage Disposal addis ababaAddis Ababa, October 21, 2012 ( - For months now residents in different parts of Addis Ababa and most especially those who live in the new suburban housing areas have been voicing complaint about the newly instituted garbage disposal mechanisms. The new system has effectively ruled out the private operators who in the pa

40/60 Housing Project Created Chaos in Addis Ababa

By Seble Teweldebirhan

40-60 Condo ProjectAddis Ababa, October 15, 2012 ( - Addis Ababa Administration announced that a registration date for the 40/60 housing project is not yet settled. After a rumor that there will be a registration on Saturday this week, the residents of Addis Ababa were in rush to get documents from the Keble administration to be ready for the registration. The rumor was that the registration on Saturday will be for

The Plight of Street Children in Ethiopia II

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Street Children in EthiopiaAddis Ababa, October 15, 2012 ( - Child labor has always been a challenge for Ethiopian children. With an extreme poverty, illiteracy and wicked tradition and attitude towards children, the price one pays for growing up in Ethiopia is a lot unjust than most places in the world. In addition to physical and emotional abuse (which is considered ‘normal’ in the society),


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