Saggi di Dodis

Saggi di Dodis 3 (2021/3)

Philip Stevanon

Das Duke of Harar Memorial Hospital in Addis Abeba. Tücken und Fallstricke der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit zwischen Universität und Diplomatie 1970–1974

On 5 December 1974, the medical faculty of the University of Bern terminated its cooperation with the Service for Technical Cooperation on the Ethiopian project of the Duke of Harar Hospital. The oversized hospital had been opened with Swiss help just thirteen months earlier. Based on the files of the Service for Technical Cooperation and the Swiss Embassy in Addis Ababa, this article examines the circumstances that led to the failure of the Swiss-Ethiopian cooperation project. Even before the political unrest that shook Ethiopia from February 1974, cooperation with Ethiopian partners was difficult and conflicts within the hospital were the order of the day. The looming revolution was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and with it the project finally collapsed.