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Ethiopians dissatisfied with government economic performance, new Afrobarometer study shows

12 Feb 2021 Ethiopia

Ethiopians are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with their government’s performance with regard to keeping prices stable, narrowing gaps between rich and poor, and other economic issues, a new Afrobarometer analysis shows.

While citizens provide mixed assessments of the country economic situation and their personal living conditions, significant proportions of the population frequently went without a cash income, enough clean water, medical care, and other basic necessities of life during the year preceding the survey. More than half experienced moderate or high levels of lived poverty.

Despite enjoying impressive economic growth, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with a per capita annual income that the government estimates at $883. Moreover, economic growth is forecast to slow due to recent civil conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic.