Ethiopia's finances have been hit by the two-year conflict in the northern region of Tigray that ended with a peace deal in November last year.
This year, there were three developments across Africa which highlight a mix of progress, priorities and potential pitfalls.
Protests over poor or non-existent 'service delivery' by local and national governments have become common in recent years.
The court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the challenge by several civil society groups because it was filed too late.
The court set the date after the petitioners agreed to consolidate all four petitions and 19 applications that were filed.