Understanding the Conflict in Northern Ethiopia: The Roles of Party Affiliated Endowment Companies

8 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2021

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Minga Negash

Metropolitan State University of Denver; University of the Witwatersrand

Date Written: November 20, 2020

Abstract

Whether the conflict that was started on November 3, 2020, in Northern Ethiopia will be short-lived or a protracted one that turns itself into a stalemate, guerrilla warfare and draws the Greater Horn of Africa region into larger conflict is unclear. The spark of November 3, 2020, was a result of the simmering tensions that were allowed to build up within the once invincible ethnic coalition that ruled Ethiopia for 27 years. TThe cleavages cut through all state institutions, including in the defense and security establishments. In this short paper, I attempt to provide a rejoinder to show that “the Tigray conflict” has as much to do with resource control as it is with politics. De-escalation of the conflict requires the understanding of the stakes for the parties to the conflict. The ownership and management of party-affiliated endowment companies are one of the economic dimensions of the conflict. The paper outlines the pros and cons of various reform options.

Keywords: Conflict, corporate ownership, party owned enterprises, Ethiopia

JEL Classification: P16, P26, D23, H83 and G32

Suggested Citation

Negash, Minga, Understanding the Conflict in Northern Ethiopia: The Roles of Party Affiliated Endowment Companies (November 20, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3739033 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3739033

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