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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