Thursday, February 4, 2010
Ethiopia allows foundations that are controlled by political parties to own enterprises that compete with the private sector. The most important of these organizations is the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT) controlled by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. In a January 31, 2010, critical analysis of this system titled "The Rise of an Ethnic Oligarchy" (PDF file), Genet Mersha questions whether organizations like EFFORT are in the best interest of Ethiopia’s national development. Image: "TPLF Museum, Mekele, Tigray," creative commons licensed Flickr content.