PANEL 5.06

Where are rural Ethiopian communities heading?

Alula Pankhurst, WIDE3, Ethiopia.

This proposed panel considers changes at community level within rural Ethiopia during the ERPDF period. The panel seeks to discuss and compare community trajectories in different locations. We suggest considering changes in various fields including livelihoods, human reproduction, social reproduction, community management and ideas.

There have been considerable changes over the past couple of decades, notably in infrastructure and services, as well in terms of production and social and community organisation at local levels. In the implementation of policies at a community level cultural disconnects often emerge between assumptions of government and donors about development and local realities. The sectoral extension workers seek to act as go-betweens to bridge these disconnects, and different interventions may interact positively or negatively, and may affect different sections of the population differently.

We would like to stimulate debate about the extent of changes at the local level in the different fields and sectors, how these changes have differential effects and the extent to which they can be accounted for by external interventions. We would hope to discuss why some communities are changing faster than others, and why some changes may be considered fundamental resulting in structural change, whereas others have limited impact on community structures.

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Dr. AYALEW GEBRE Social change: Impact of development interventions in the Gelcha community of the Karrayu Pastoralists of the Upper Awash Valley of Ethiopia
Dr BEVAN Philippa A comparison of two food-deficit communities in North Omo: What has happened to them during the EPRDF period? And where might they be heading?
Mrs DOM Catherine Where are rural Ethiopian communities heading? a comparison of the progress of two food-deficit communities in Eastern Tigray and Kembata since 1991
Prof. DONHAM Donald L. Forty Years of Change in Maale: Questions for Further Research
Dr MELESE GETU How far have we moved away from the ‘one size fits all’ mode and principles of social service delivery of the 1990s in Tsamako country?
Dr PANKHURST Alula Agropastoralism in transition: Comparison of trajectories of two communities in Oromia and the Southern Region


Authors are advised to submit their paper to the Organizing Committee
before September 30, 2012

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