We are very grateful to all seventeen contributors to this volume with whom we have had the pleasure of working, and would like to thank them sincerely for their personal commitment and the efforts they have made to ensure the success of this book.
Special thanks are due to our commissioning editor, Adam Swallow, and his team at Oxford University Press, as well as the entire production team for their outstanding support and encouragement. We also wish to thank the anonymous reviewers and the delegates of OUP who approved the final version of our proposal.
We would also like to thank Professor Fantu Cheru (Leiden University, Netherlands), our senior technical adviser on this project, who has provided invaluable guidance, and our prestigious panel of external reviewers, Professor Mohamed Salih (Erasmus University, Netherlands), Professor James Mittleman (American University), Professor Scarlett Cornelissen (Stellenbosch University), and Dr Dirk Willem te Velde (Overseas Development Institute) for their critical reviews and valuable comments provided to improve draft chapters. Our thanks also go to all other participants in the Review Workshop held in Addis Ababa in August 2018 for their insightful presentations, discussion, feedback, and collaboration.
We would also like to acknowledge with gratitude the grant received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Our personal thanks go to Haddis Tadesse (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and Tewolde Gebremariam (Ethiopian Airlines) for their continued support and to the Made In Africa Initiative and Ethiopian Airlines which provided operational support to this project.
Our gratitude also goes to Keith Povey Editorial Services Ltd, for copy-editing the volume, and 251 Communications for designing the book cover. And finally, our appreciation and thanks go to our project coordinator, Deborah M. Kefale, and the research team of Meron Tilahun, Yohannes Ghebru, Tsion Kifle, and Edom Haile for their support in the preparation of the manuscript and assistance throughout the project. (p.xii)