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Begging for your rights, begging for favors

Have you ever felt that you always need to beg and lament to get things done? Whether the thing is your right or a favor you are asking from a person, somehow things don’t get done for you without begging.

Growing up locally

I recently attended a FAO workshop where the theme of discussion was the launching of an agro-processing incubation park in Ethiopia.

A speech of hope

Many of us have been touched by the speech made by our newly appointed prime minister, Abiy Ahmed (PhD) in his address to the members of the parliament and to the millions of Ethiopians these represent.

New beginnings

New beginnings are always exciting. Anything new in fact promises a lot of exciting things. I remember back in day as a child, I used to eagerly long for the day my parents would buy me and my sister new clothes and shoes for school.


Back in the days (and maybe they still do it today) we use to have a year book in which we get to express our wishes and aspirations for the future.

The changing role of women

Two weeks ago, we celebrated girls and women on March 8. Being a woman myself, I usually think about the changing role of women in today’s society and about the not-so-much changing perception that the society has about this changing role.

The aid industry: a lucrative business?

I once read a book called ‘The lords of poverty’ written by Graham Hancock on the lucrativeness of the aid industry. The book, which was written in 1989, provides a quite detailed picture of how aid money can be used to enrich the rich in the name of the poor.

Adoption going local

The issue of foreign adoption of orphans and vulnerable children in Ethiopia was brought up in a discussion I had with friends and family this week and made me think about the issue a little further.

A priceless gift

As we grow older and wiser, we tend to realize what matters most in life. And one of the things we tend to take for granted and suffer most as a result of its loss is our health.