9 April 2015
Ethiopia is urbanizing at the phenomenal annual rate of 4.3%. Cities like Addis are seeing this trend in the shape of large, multi-storey condominium developments primarily for the low- and middle-income sector. Last February, while in Addis for a housing consultation workshop convened by the African Development Bank, I visited with the AfDB delegation a new development east of the city centre where 18,000 homes are nearing completion. The 200 hectare site is part of the city’s ambitious that includes ten similar sites all under construction.