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In response to unprecedented public pressure, Ethiopia is undergoing national renewal. Ethiopians demand for democracy and respect for basic rights is evident. Pervasive human rights violation, an environment that made it impossible for civil society and political parties to function, weak democratic institutions
Ethiopia’s economy has registered a decade of rapid and stable growth. Real GDP growth has averaged about 10 per cent over the last decade. The poverty rate declined substantially from 55.3% in 2000 down to 26 percent in 2016. However, Ethiopia still faces significant development challenges.