A subtle highlight from our recent trip to Ethiopia
Aklilu Lalego, director of the rural Self-Help Program in South Ethiopia, explained that the Self-Help Groups close to Addis Ababa, which have grown in many ways to resemble small banks for their members, have gained an official recognition from the Ethiopian government. He noted that in general, as towns and communities are growing and developing on their own, the national government is becoming less centralized and giving more control to local areas to manage their economic and social affairs. We didn’t research this development in great detail but it is at the least, good news and hopefully a sign of things to come. As the impact of our initiatives expand and result in growing small businesses or stronger local governments, more local control is absolutely critical for communities to become successful and continue to flourish.