Ethiopia

The hidden worth of the global African diaspora

Diasporas are often treated as foreigners in their adopted homes and as traitors in their place of birth, despite often hidden cultural and economic contributions. Now is the time to overturn outdated perceptions, writes Behailu Shiferaw Mihirete, and for Africa to utilise its diaspora’s potential.

On 5 November 2018, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed Billene Seyoum as the Press […]

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    The romantic rewriting of Haile Selassie’s legacy must stop

The romantic rewriting of Haile Selassie’s legacy must stop

Yohannes Woldemariam trawls through the history books to expose the truths of Haile Selassie’s 44-year reign over Ethiopia.

Emperor Haile Selassie, who ruled Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, died in 1975, but he lives on through the romantic lyrics of the late Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley and Ethiopian pop star, Tewedros Kassahun, better known as Teddy Afro.

Yet there is […]

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    Book Review: The Quest for Socialist Utopia: The Ethiopian Student Movement c. 1960-1974 by Bahru Zewde

Book Review: The Quest for Socialist Utopia: The Ethiopian Student Movement c. 1960-1974 by Bahru Zewde

Katarzyna Kubin says on Bahru Zewde’s recently re-published book:  The Quest for Socialist Utopia: The Ethiopian Student Movement c. 1960-1974 gives a detailed account of the Ethiopian student movement, emphasising its role in the 1974 revolution.

The esteemed Ethiopian historian, Bahru Zewde’s most recent volume, The Quest for Socialist Utopia: The Ethiopian Student Movement c. 1960-1974 (Addis Ababa University Press, […]

Reading List: Most popular book reviews of 2018

We couldn’t say goodbye to 2018 before sharing our top book reviews of the year, as voted by your clicks! Here they are:

Afrotopia by Felwine Sarr – Anna Wood calls “Afrotopia” an inspiring manifesto and metaphor for a new Africa.
The Oromo and the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia 1300-1700 by Mohammed Hassen – Aleksander Engeskaug says this book is an important […]

Reading List: Most popular blog posts of 2018

As the final few hours of 2018 dwindle away, let’s look back at 2018 and discover the best-read Africa@LSE blog posts of the year.

 

Transformation euphoria in the Horn of Africa – As political transformation occurs across the Horn of Africa at an unprecedented pace, Abukar Arman provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapidly changing situation.
The unenviable situation of Tigreans […]

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    Why the Pankhurst Name is Synonymous with Ethiopia as well as the Suffragette Movement

Why the Pankhurst Name is Synonymous with Ethiopia as well as the Suffragette Movement

LSE’s Behailu Shiferaw Mihirete tells the story of Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of prominent suffragette Emmeline, who became a relentless advocate for Ethiopia during the Fascist Italian invasion of 1936 to 1941.

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the year when some women (who met the age (>30 years old) and property criteria or who were university educated) succeeded in […]

Transformation Euphoria in the Horn of Africa

As political transformation occurs across the Horn of Africa at an unprecedented pace, Abukar Arman provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapidly changing situation.

The political transformation in the Horn of Africa is arguably the most counterintuitive development in the 21st century so far. Ethiopia has steered away from implosion and, for the first time in its history, appointed […]

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    Trade liberalisation in developing countries: the importance of roads

Trade liberalisation in developing countries: the importance of roads

Research on Ethiopia shows that trade liberalisation can boost the productivity of firms in developing countries, but only if they have access to good roads. Gains from trade liberalisation are not uniform within countries, write Marco Sanfilippo and Asha Sunadaram.

Many developing countries have liberalised trade in the hope that greater international exposure will improve the performance of local firms.  […]

The Unenviable Situation of Tigreans in Ethiopia

As ordinary Tigreans are increasingly targeted because of their ethnic association to Ethiopia’s ruling party, Yohannes Woldemariam points out that the vast majority do not benefit from the rule of Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and live in much the same conditions as most Ethiopians.

Ethnonationalism, a form of politics that depends on strengthening narrow group identities rather than embracing […]

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    Haile Selassie and his quest to develop a Westernised medical system in Ethiopia

Haile Selassie and his quest to develop a Westernised medical system in Ethiopia

Julianne Weis explores how a colonial mindset on Africa’s place and capacity in relation to Western medicine was fixed and applied to Ethiopia, even though the East African country had never been subject to sustained, colonial occupation like neighbouring African nations.

When Emperor Haile Selassie returned to Addis Ababa from exile in 1941, he granted immediate amnesty to the Italian […]

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