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Ethiopia's Hydroelectric Dam: It's Significance and Controversy

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Dr. Mammo Muchie is joining us to dicuss the significance and controversy of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam(GERD). The dam will be the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa and the the seventh largest in the world. Ethiopia will provide reliable electricity to its citizens and neighboring African nations. However, Egypt has been opposed to any development on the Nile that could reduce the amount of water it gets. And the United States has even suspended some financial aid to Ethiopia because of failed talks with Egypt.

Prof. Muchie is currently a DST/NRF Research Professor at the Faculty of Management Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. He previously served as a Director of the Research Centre on Development Studies and International Relations, Department of History, International and Social Studies, Aalborg University in Denmark.

Muchie was educated in USA and in Europe. He obtained his MPhil and DPhil degrees in development economics and science, technology and innovation studies from Sussex University, England under the supervision of the renowned innovation scholar, the late Freeman of the IDS/SPRU. He also studied Measurement Science in Petrograd, Russia. He has taught and researched at various universities in the USA and Europe including Cambridge University and the Middlesex University (UK); the University of Aalborg (Denmark) and Amsterdam University (Netherlands).

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