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Ethiopia’s social development discussed in Mekelle

The tremendous economic transformation efforts in Ethiopia over the last decades have widely been recognized, both at home and abroad. The governments’ plan to become a middle-income-country by the year 2025 seems to be achievable. Nevertheless, to assure a long-term sustainable development, the need for a concurrent social development should not be underestimated.

As part of their public lecture series, Mekelle University and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) invited the associate professor at Addis Ababa University of Sociology Department, Dr. Yeraswork Admassie, to shed some light on the issue on May 19th 2017 at the Adihaki Hall in Mekelle University campus. A large audience of 130 students attended the lecture.

In his presentation, Dr. Yeraswork pointed out that the social aspects of the national development had so far remained largely unaddressed. The societal underpinnings of development, in particular related to the country’s growth and transformation plans, were discussed and analyzed. Dr. Yeraswork described the achievements made thus far by the state of Addis Ababa in terms of social development, in terms such as; quality of life, availability of information and communication technology, achievements in infrastructure, reduction of gender disparity and environmental sustainability.

Following the presentation, a lively question and answer session took place.