Hailai Abera Weldeslassie 2018/10/21
Funning enough, I was encouraged by the improvements and positive steps to make the discussions frank, open, fair, balanced and Productive. You would not believe that there seem to show limited efforts to demonstrate the check and balance exercises that are hallmarks of a democratic government. I must be honest that even the people who used to be passive, mumbles, and feckless people seem to be activated and showed some productive interactions much better than during the Tsegay and Abay cold and passive lost years (remember that I was in the parliament for almost two years -exactly 18 months- in a paid internship sponsored by the Inter-African group). For this infinitesimal positive change, I give the credit to the new leadership.
However, Debrits’s claim
that the poverty profile of the state is 29% should not only be taken with a
big grain of salt in it but also it is ridiculous and laughable. Is this really
a big deal? Yes. This is painfully worrying that they are going to use an
erroneous, misrepresented an inaccurate and invalid baseline that will lead to
a wrong planning and non-optimal resources allocation decision criteria.
Two points here
(b) According to the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Oxford University commonly known as the Alkire-Foster (AF) Approach; which considers not only income but also the overlapping deprivations in other dimensions such as education, health, living standards, women’s empowerment, planetary issues, and social networking and community participation. According to the OPHI, MPI approach, the MPI indices in Tigray ranges from 75-83 %, MPI Headcount ratio (i.e. the percentage of people who experience overlapping multidimensional deprivation and are poor). For a more information please look at the summary table below.
(2) Another troubling issues to note, while the world is advancing and pooling resources to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2016-2030), Agenda 2063 (AU strategic Plan) and the sustained and sustainable Green Economic Growth, where the pillar objective are eradicating chronic/extreme poverty for all people, everywhere and in all of its forms and shapes; end all forms of hunger, malnutrition and ensure accesses by all people by 2030 being the two top priorities among the 17 SDGs; Tigray seems entirely detached from the globe and doing business as usual, using primitive approaches while dealing with poverty.
I would like to politely, respectfully and kindly implore (in the name of the
Lord) the Government of Tigray and Dr Debretsion to be vigilant, pool all
sources of credible and valid information into consideration and exhaust all
windows of opportunities in designing a big push grand economic plan for the
next 25-30 years! Nevertheless, if our baseline for drawing the roadmap of the
next strategic plan is going to count on the distorted, faked, manipulated and
cooked data, I am not a special fortune teller, but I can speculate that we are
planning to fall!