Abel Birhanu daily Ethiopian news 16 October 2020. The nexus between democracy and development in Ethiopia has been one of the most contested issues in recent years. As a result there is an intellectual debate over the linkage between development and democracy even though politicians are involved in this debate manner that is self-serving in light of their respective political interests.
There are at least four opinions regarding the issue. The first one is that which denies the existence of any link between the two concepts. Few years ago, the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said in the world economic forum meeting that he believed that there is no any cause and effect relationship between democracy and development.
For me, it was a pronouncement of a political motive rather than an intellectual assertion. But, there are political scientists who strongly argue in line with this view. They point to China's and other Asian economies that developed without democracy. These countries have managed to lift hundreds of millions of their people out of poverty.
But, no one ever considers that these nations might have enjoyed a better development with democracy. Westerners argue that this thought will not work when these economies grow to economies where service is the predominant sector. They claim that the two concepts are independent of each other, and can easily be achieved without necessarily depending or leading to the other.
- Ethiopian News