Author Archives: Adrian Young

Sustaining agricultural productivity in Ethiopia: transformation, culture and landscapes

From the high altitude peaks of the Simien Mountains, to the scorching heat of the Danakil depression, one of the defining features of rural Ethiopia are the farmers and livestock herders who make a living in some of the most … Continue reading

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Reflections on the New Climate Economy Report on Urbanisation in Ethiopia

This post provides some reflections on the recently released report titled Unlocking the Power of Ethiopia’s Cities, which was jointly prepared by the Global Green Growth Institute and Ethiopia Development Research Institute and funded by the New Climate Economy initiative. … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Development: Return of the Technocracy?

A few weeks ago I attended an experience-sharing event for the Strategic Climate Institutions Program, a five-year initiative that aims to build the capacity of the Ethiopia government to implement its Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy. One thing that struck … Continue reading

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Five urbanisation challenges in Addis Ababa

I was recently quizzed on what I consider to be the key urbanisation issues in Addis Ababa based on my experience living in the city over the last year. So here is a quick overview of five urbanisation challenges facing … Continue reading

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The PDF download debate: view from an Ethiopian research organisation

A report published by the World Bank earlier this month found that over 31% of its policy reports have never been downloaded, not even once. This is quite a startling (albeit perhaps unsurprising) finding given that one of the primary objectives of … Continue reading

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Complexia blog joins Twitter

After being inspired by this blog post from a fellow blogger and acquaintance in Addis Ababa, I have decided to setup up a twitter account to complement Complexia blog using the Twitter handle @complexiablog. I will be using it to promote … Continue reading

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Organisational Capacity Building – A Systems Perspective.

I have been reflecting on the inherent challenges of building the capacity of local organisations in development and I believe that adopting a systems perspective is a very useful lens for assessing capacity needs and for identifying points of intervention. … Continue reading

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