Political cost of economic growth in Ethiopia and the East Africa

Financial Times | Nov 18, 2020

The Ethiopian-Tigray conflict shows signs of derailing much of the development the Ethiopian economy has shown over the last twenty years.

– Ethiopia has stormed ahead of its peers in terms of economic growth, education and healthcare. Read more

– How Ethiopia’s governance compares with it’s neighbors. Read more. 

– Military balance | Ethiopian National Defense Force compared to Tigray People’s Liberation Force. Read More 

crisis, conflict & Predictions

The fear is that war in Tigray could start national ethnic and political violence. Although divided, Ethiopia had been looked upon by many as a model of economic progress in Africa.

Some even fear that it could bring about a break-up of Ethiopia along ethnic lines. Ethiopia is divided into 10 regions, each with their own language, culture and history with a history of independent states stretching back three thousand years.

Payton Knopf, senior adviser to the Africa programme at the United States Institute of Peace says, “If you do see fragmentation in Ethiopia . . . it won’t just collapse in on itself. It will become a black hole that draws in all of its neighbours.”

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