A personal website.
Ben McCarthy: economics, development, music.

I am an economist working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In addition to working to earn my daily bread, I write music, take photos, and raise children. I have created this webpage as a space to store, for public consumption, various bits and pieces. Please feel free to peruse the contents and drop me a line if you like what you see and hear. Criticism is welcome. I am open to collaborations.

Recent Items

COVID-19 threatens Africa's ability to achieve SDGs

COVID-19 threatens Africa's ability to achieve SDGs

SciDev.net asked me a few questions and featured my responses in an article on COVID-19's effects on Africa's attainment of the SDGs.

Kirkos by New Nations

Kirkos, by New Nations

Following a long absence from doing much of anything music-related, I wrote and produced this EP. It represents an experience of learning how to make music using digital tools, remembering a whole lot of things I learnt long ago, and experiencing again how much fun music can be. Released May 2019.

Landscape around Lalibela, Ethiopia

Landscape around Lalibela, Ethiopia

March 2019

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  • Address

    Addis Ababa
    (Formerly Geneva, Switzerland, and Adelaide, Australia)