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date: 01 December 2020

(p. v) Acknowledgements

(p. v) Acknowledgements

We set off on the journey of this Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy in 2015 and it has been quite an experience. We have all learned new things about Ethiopia and about editing through working on this project, and we have deepened our own friendships through the experience. We have relied on a great deal of enthusiasm and hard work from many people to produce this work and to do so within a tight timeframe.

In particular, the editors thank all seventy contributors to the Handbook for their commitment and tireless efforts to ensure the success of the first Oxford University Press economics handbook on an individual African economy, despite many other personal commitments. We also thank all those contributors, from Ethiopia and abroad, who attended one, two, and in some cases all three of our contributors’ workshops in Addis Ababa, giving presentations and making extremely constructive comments that helped the chapters, and the Handbook overall, take shape and deepen in its quality.

The editors thank commissioning editor Adam Swallow of Oxford University Press and his team for their outstanding support, wisdom, and encouragement throughout the project, as well as the anonymous reviewers who helped us improve the initial proposal, and the OUP delegates who approved the final version of our proposal.

The draft chapters of the Handbook benefited immensely from the critical reviews and valuable comments received from many internal and external reviewers. The editors are particularly grateful to Professor Mohamed Salih, Erasmus University (Holland), and Professor Peter Lawrence, University of Keele, for their support. Among our ‘internal’ reviewers we received particularly dedicated help from Professor Christopher Clapham (University of Cambridge) and Professor John Sender (SOAS, University of London). We also had invaluable help from other external reviewers including Professor Ben Fine (SOAS) and Professor Vishnu Padayachee (University of the Witwatersrand). Special thanks also go to Keith Povey and his team for the copy-editing of the volume.

The editors also thank the following government offices for providing the necessary information and data, which has been a tremendous input for the volume: the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority, the National Bank of Ethiopia, the National Planning Commission, the Central Statistical Agency, the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ethiopian Investment Commission.

Many thanks go to the various institutions that provided valuable operational and administrative support to the project. Of particular mention are: the Ethiopian Development Research Institute and the Ethiopian Economic Association. The editors (p. vi) are especially grateful for the generous financial assistance received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa, as well as the New Venture Foundation in Washington, DC for funding that made it possible for Christopher Cramer to work on the Handbook.

We also want to extend sincere thanks to Ethiopian Airlines for providing continuing logistical support to international collaborating scholars throughout the process. We thank Dr Alemayehu Tafesse (IFPRI), Professor Akbar Noman (Columbia University), Dr Abraham Tekeste (MOFEC), and Mr. Haddis Tadesse (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) for their continued personal support for the project, and 251 Communications for the cover design.

And finally, our sincere appreciation goes to Deborah M. Kefale for her consistent support and management of the project over the last twenty-four months. Thanks also to our dedicated research assistants Meron Tilahun and Yohannes Ghebru, our admin assistant Sergut Abate and the following interns who contributed to the success of the three workshops held in Addis Ababa: Tsion Kifle, Koen Maaskant, Edom W. Haile, Mussie Tsegaye, and Emmanuel Merissa.