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Addis Ababa yet to meet the needs of residents: what has to change

Addis Ababa yet to meet the needs of residents: what has to change

WITH an estimated population of more than 3.7 million people, Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, is home to about a quarter of Ethiopia’s urban population. The city generates well above 29% of Ethiopia’s urban GDP and 20% of national urban employment. Author EZANA WELDEGHEBRAEL, Research Fellow, University of Manchester Over the last two decades, Addis Ababa has witnessed rapid socio-economic changes and a drastic physical transformation. This was propelled by a development-oriented government and the private sector. However, the city faces challenges around housing, transport, infrastructure, services, youth unemployment and displacement. I’m part of the African Cities Research Consortium,…
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