Tourism in Ethiopia – boom and fall and rise again?

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In 2019, an article written by Anne Stellberger reported on the booming Ethiopian tourism and hospitality sector, and the way that PROJECT-E contributes to it by “providing a well-educated and equipped work force” for any one of the PEHI’s 15 partner hotels in Addis Ababa ( In 2019, the fact that a record 812,000 tourists […]

Education for Women in Ethiopia

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Education is key in the fight against poverty. Education overcomes borders. Education creates equality. Education enables a self-determined life. Or, in PROJECT-E’s words, “Education Empowers”. There are numerous sayings about education and its power, and yet their implementation is by no means easy. All over the world, women and young girls in particular have to fight for their […]

Italian influence in Ethiopia during the colonial period

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As an Italian volunteer with PROJECT-E, I find myself fascinated by the country, the NGO operates in. Ethiopia has a rich culture and history, and it is a place I hope to someday be able to visit. I am also aware of my country’s past, and of its destructive, imperialistic, colonial campaigns in the Horn of Africa. I, thus, found […]

Timkat in Addis Ababa – Christian Orthodox believers celebrate the baptism of Jesus

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For the past three days, Ethiopian Christians have been celebrating Timkat, the most celebrated religious festival in the country. This Christian Orthodox holiday commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, providing the occasion for thousands of exuberant celebrations with processions, dances and singing. The streets of Addis Ababa are festively decorated in green, […]

Genna – the traditional game of the Ethiopian Christmas season

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It’s Christmas in Ethiopia! Orthodox Christians, who make up more than half of the Ethiopian population, celebrate Christmas, which they call “Genna”. Because Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, Genna falls on 7 January. You will not find many Christmas trees, countless presents and twinkling lights during the Ethiopian Christmas season, but this does not detract […]

Team Thursday – Chale

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What is your background? I was born in Ethiopia and raised in Australia. I am a recent graduate of the University of Freiburg, where I completed a MA in Global Studies. I am currently based in Berlin, where I am doing an internship. My field of studies encompasses Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, Dynamics of […]