Rural–urban migration, urban informality and the challenges of promoting inclusive development in Ethiopia

By Admin|December 1, 2021|Publications|0 comments

Getahun Fenta Kebede, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia Abstract Ethiopia is rapidly urbanising and migration from rural to urban areas plays a major role in this urbanisation. Rural youth choose to migrate to urban areas because of lack of productive employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the agricultural sector. The capacity of urban centres to plan for and accommodate the massive influx of youth migrants by providing formal employment is limited. Consequently,

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A state-incorporated business: the migration economy along the Ethiopia–Sudan border town of Metema

By Admin|December 1, 2020|Publications|0 comments

Kiya Gezahegne, Department of Social Anthropology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia Abstract The pattern of migration from Ethiopia to Sudan, through the Metema border town, has proved complex and is expanding, making it difficult for government bodies to control and manage. Regardless of government efforts, every year substantial numbers of irregular migrants have been observed crossing the border into Sudan, some of them with the objective of going on to Europe.

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Researching Development in Lowland Ethiopia: Some Insights

By Idil Osman|October 7, 2016|Blogs|0 comments

The Ethiopian government argues that land investments, and the accompanying villagization scheme (also called commune programme), constitute the mode of development suitable to the lowlands, i.e., in areas like South Omo and Gambella. However, this stance is not accepted by members of the local community as well as various international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), scholars (in particular anthropologists with extensive knowledge in the concerned areas) and the Ethiopian diaspora. The argument

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