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Amharic – a language with a long history

When coming to Ethiopia, many people expect English to be an official language and are surprised to learn that, in contrast to other countries in East Africa, English is not among the official languages. Ethiopia is probably one of the oldest independent states in history. The country successfully fought and prevented a colonialization and could therefore preserve its own languages. Ethiopia’s official language is Amharic (Amharigna) and its origin goes back to 2000 years ago. Amharic belongs to the Semitic language family, which also comprises Arabic and Hebrew. Besides Amharic, there are around 80 other languages and 200 dialects spoken in Ethiopia, as for example the languages Tigrigna, Wolaytigna, Somali and Oromigna. However, Amharic represents the official language and is spoken by a quarter of Ethiopians population, with around 22 million speakers.

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Team Thursday – Meet Alina

In this week’s part of the Team Thursday Series, we introduce to you Alina Hemm, the Head of PROJECT-E’s Public Relations Department: 1. What is your background? I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Governance and Public Policy and currently I am studying the Master’s Degree Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Kent and the […]

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Team Thursday – Meet Lorenza

In this week’s part of the Team Thursday Series, we introduce to you Lorenza Arnaboldi of PROJECT-E’s Public Relations Department: 1. What’s your background? My academic background is in psychology and human rights, and I have always been proactive in promoting positive change and raising awareness on issues that matter to me.     2. What’s your […]

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Our volunteer Nita in Addis

It has been a stormy first week for me as the new volunteer at the hospitality institute in Addis. I am currently writing my master thesis in Development and International Relations at Aalborg University in Denmark and arrived here from my internship in Brussels where I was introduced to Ethiopia for the first time. The more I was working with Ethiopia the more I wanted to go and see what this country has to offer. So when I finally arrived in Addis, I was full of excitement and curiosity and so far I am still stunned by everything I see and experience every day.

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Team Thursday – Meet Hanna Roessner

In this week’s part of the Team Thursday Series, we introduce to you Hanna Roessner of PROJECT-E’s Public Relations Department: What is your background? I have started studying Social Sciences to pursue a better understanding of local and global politics, as well as the international system. Within my studies, I am trying to figure out […]

Team Thursday – Meet Tameem

It is time for our Team Thursday Series again! This time, we introduce to you Tameem Daear, who is the Talent Management Department Head of PROJECT-E: What is your background? I hold a B.Sc. in Business Administration, worked in education and development nonprofit for about four years in Yemen, and currently undertaking a master degree […]

Team Thursday – Meet Petra Sidler

In this week’s part of the Team Thursday Series, we introduce to you Petra Sidler of PROJECT-E’s Talent Management Department:   What is your background?   I completed a Bachelor degree in studies of Societies, Cultures and Religions with a Bachelor thesis about Land Investments and Political Power Structures in Ethiopia. Afterwards, I switched to […]

Team Thursday – Meet Carina Herbers

In this week’s part of the Team Thursday Series, we introduce to you Carina Herbers of PROJECT-E’s Finance Department:   1. What’s your background? During the last three years, I studied Economics and Business Economics with a focus in Finance in Maastricht. Since Finance is often related to profit and capitalism, I am happy that […]

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Our Strategy Weekend in Hamburg

On the second weekend of January 2018, PROJECT-E’s Team Europe came together for our traditional bi-annual Strategy Weekend. This time, we met in the winterly and windy harbour city Hamburg to evaluate, plan, and discuss PROJECT-E’s previous work in 2017 and forthcoming plans for 2018 – and of course to catch up with old and new members of Team Europe.