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Students Discover African-led Development in Mason’s First Trip to Eritrea

The Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University sent 11 PhD, Master’s and undergraduate students to Eritrea for two weeks to uncover the country’s narrative of development, and this is a piece from what they have discovered so far.

George Mason University students with the Eritrean Minister of Investment and Promotion. (Photo: Gbenga DeSilva)

BY MARIAM ABURDEINEH | GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

There are multiple sides to every story. But when it comes to Eritrea, a country that’s been isolated due to 20 years of war and nine years of sanctions, much of their story hasn’t been told, said Carol Pineau, a former CNN journalist who reported live on the Eritrean-Ethiopian war and is a visiting scholar at George Mason University. Continue reading Students Discover African-led Development in Mason’s First Trip to Eritrea

Healthcare Financing in Eritrea

Government introduced FREE healthcare system in the country to ensure everyone has the right to health

Health is Wealth. The Eritrean government subsidized more than 85% of total health related expenditures for its citizens, as compared to the 9.8% average allocated to the health sector in Africa (WHO 2017).

BY MELA GHEBREMEDHIN | SHABAIT

Access to health care has become a luxury to many around the world. Health expenditures continue to increase; in some countries health insurance companies continue to choose their clients based on their health status. Many patients wait in line for hours for a simple check-up with out-of-pocket costs for medical care ruining households. Continue reading Healthcare Financing in Eritrea

Eritrea: 25 Years of Struggle Building Socialism

Eritrea’s Self-reliance program is something virtually unheard of in Africa. It turns down aid in favor of partnership. Although it is one of the most ambitious social and economic experiments currently underway in Africa, the country didn’t get much credit for it.

By Thomas C Mountain,

This coming May 24 marks 25 years since a rag-tag afro coifed army of Eritrean rebel fighters drove their captured Ethiopian tanks through the Eritrean capital of Asmara and gave birth to the modern, “socialist” country of Eritrea.

The birthing process, the “armed struggle for independence”, took 30 years so the modern struggle to build a country based on “scientific socialism”, as Pan Africanists have called it, is still maturing.

While the lives of the people of Eritrea is still a hard one, a major, and very popular step in the development of socialist society has been introduced in what’s known here as the “currency change”, the calling in of all the old currency for replacement. Eritrea at this stage of socialism is still a cash based society with bank accounts something still only for a minority. So changing all the money is a really big deal in a developing third world country. Continue reading Eritrea: 25 Years of Struggle Building Socialism

From Liberation to Governance: The Eritrean Experience

This presentation was delivered by Yemane Ghebremeskel, Director, Office of the President of Eritrea, and is intended to elaborate and highlight Eritrea’s views and perspectives on the putative controversies or conjectures that surround the central theme of the workshop, “From Liberation Movements to Government – Past legacies and the challenges of transition in Africa” jointly organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in cooperation with the South African think-tank, the Brenthurst Foundation in 2012. In light of the many narratives presented about Eritrea, its people and government by Ethiopia and its surrogates in the Eritrean Quislings League (EQL), some western anthropologists, NGO networks and the media, on the issue of governance and liberation movements, it is this author’s opinion that we ought to defer to those with first hand knowledge and experience.

By Yemane Ghebremeskel,

ONE vexing question that we have to address at the outset is whether standardized benchmarks and templates can be employed to assess and synthesize the individual experiences and perspectives so as to infer or formulate a generalized, even if approximated, theory.

I personally believe that the distinct historical and societal realities under which the various liberation movements were conceived and had to operate; the profound variations in the depth, maturity and relevance of the philosophical precepts that they espoused; the disparate dynamics of their internal political landscapes; as well as the specific and at times epochal external environments that influenced their trajectories both during and after liberation render the formulation of any generalized, approximated, theory an elusive task indeed. Continue reading From Liberation to Governance: The Eritrean Experience

The Notion of Social Justice and the Eritrean Model

What does not kill you only makes you stronger

By Eritrea Compass,

A COUNTRY located at a strategic point where most of the worlds commercial goods and oil pass through everyday, its government and people not popular by the US for owning their own decisions and entangled in a quagmire of geo-political agenda.

In this article we aim to explore and on how the Eritrean government and people are working hand in hand to overcome the overall challenge, and the country’s diversification of the economy, its thriving mining industry, together with education, health programs, development, and the role of Eritrean youth and women.  Continue reading The Notion of Social Justice and the Eritrean Model