Addis Ababa’s resilience journey
Addis Ababa is the largest city in Ethiopia and home to 25% of the country’s urban population. Population growth fueled by rural migration puts the city on track to double in size within 15 years, straining existing public services, particularly access to clean water and sanitation.
Recent measures to build resilience include the development of a Bus Rapid Transit line to alleviate urban congestion, and public work programs to address an unemployment rate of over 22%.
Rapid urbanization has also increased the risk of deadly fires in Addis Ababa. Many residential fires occur in informal settlements, making it harder for emergency responders to contain fires once they start.
Meet the Chief Resilience Officer
Dr. Moges Tadesse
Chief Resilience Officer
Dr. Moges Tadesse serves as Addis Ababa’s Chief Resilience Officer. In this position, he is responsible for leading the implementation of the city’s Resilience Strategy. Prior to becoming CRO, Dr. Moges headed various Directorates in the Addis Ababa City Plan and Development Commission, where he coordinated city-wide spatial and socioeconomic research initiatives.
Dr. Moges brings more than 10 years’ experience working with NGOs in Ethiopia. He has helped develop policies and strategies for poverty reduction, diversified livelihoods, and food security for communities in rural and urban areas across the country.
As Assistant Professor and Dean at Ambo University, he has trained graduate and post-graduate students, led various research programs, and published numerous articles on economics in leading international and national journals.
He holds a BSc in Agri-Economics, an MA in Cooperative Management, and a PhD in Economics from Bharathidasan University.