Ethiopian American Forum

Prosperity for the Few and the Ethiopian Developmental State Print E-mail


 By Aklog Birara (PhD)

December 18, 2013

Prosperity for the Few and the Ethiopian Developmental State   
An International Conference organized by Al-Jazeera Centre for Studies, Doha, Qatar December 18, 2013

What challenges us is to ensure that none should enjoy lesser rights, and none  tormented because they

are born different, hold contrary political views or pray to  God in a different manner.” - Nelson Mandela


The Doha Conference on Africa in November 2013, tried to understand and create consensus on  the governance

alternative that enables countries create a foundation for sustainable and  equitable development. Although

presentations and discussions lacked lacked depth and  breadth in comparing a pool of countries within and

outside Africa, there was no contest that  good and representative governance is deemed central in achieving

 sustainability with  equity. All participants agreed on the imperative and nexus of peace, internal security and 

 representative government on the one hand; and sustainable and equitable development on the  other. Here in

 brief is the new narrative at play.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 Print E-mail

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The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 serves as a reminder that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world. 

The Index scores 177 countries and territories on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). No country has a perfect score, and two-thirds of countries score below 50. This indicates a serious, worldwide corruption problem. Hover on the map above to see how your country fares.



The world urgently needs a renewed effort to crack down on money laundering, clean up political finance, pursue the return of stolen assets and build more transparent public institutions.

Madiba Trainer couldn't attend Funeral Print E-mail

Madiba’s Trainer, Colonel Fekadu Wakene Complains about His Visa Denial to Attend Madiba’s Funeral “They denied me a visa because ‘an invitation hasn’t been sent to me’. I don’t know anyone else in South Africa. The only man I know there was Madiba and he has passed away.”

It was on July, 1961 that Mandela arrives in Addis to fetch help from the then Emperor Hailesellasie of Ethiopian for the freedom struggle back home in South Africa. Since what he asked was a military training, the Emperor appointed the best military officers of the country for Madiba’s training.

One of the military officers who were appointed to train Madiba at the time was the 76 years old colonel Fekadu Wakene. At that time he was a 26 years old officer fresh from his training in Israel. Madiba was 43 at the time. As the colonel relates his time with Madiba as a trainer on a local newspaper in Addis, Yegna press, Madiba was a strong man with loud voice and firm hands.
Djibouti Gives Ethiopia Cargo Ultimatum Print E-mail


President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh

The government of Djibouti has given a deadline of January 15, 2014, for challenging the manner in which cargo is released from its ports. The new rules will state that no cargo inbound to Ethiopia will be released until the clearing agent in Djibouti produces a note from banks stating that foreign exchange to pay for transport, transit and forwarding services has actually been transferred.

 The reaction from Ethiopian officials here in Addis was much more sober than their diplomats in Djibouti, Fortune learnt. Ethiopia's Ambassador to Djibouti, Sulieman Dedefo, was pushing Ethiopian authorities to take a much stronger position. He believes that Djibouti has violated the 2002 agreement not to take a unilateral move in relation to the port's operations that affects Ethiopia, according to sources in the administration.


"It's depressing to see a country of less than one million being able to twist the hands of a big country, such as Ethiopia, to secure the release of an individual who clearly broke the laws of the land," said a businessman, who has had a business relationship with Djibouti for over 15 years.

Ethiopia Ranked Bottom on the 2013 Web Index Print E-mail


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In its 2013 Web Index report released last week, the World Wide Web Consortium ranked Ethiopia 80th out of the 81 countries it covered. The ranking reaffirms ‘hélas‘ the widespread Cyber Censorship and Surveillance in Ethiopia, corroborates that with regards to ‘InternetFreedom’, Ethiopia is the one of the most repressive countries in the World as recently reported by Freedom House in its Global assessment

of Internet and Digital Media . 

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