Development Interventions in Wollaita, 1960s-2000s: A Critical Review

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African Books Collective, 2007 - Economic assistance - 77 pages
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Action for Development, Christian Aid, and Inter-Church Organization for Development Cooperation commissioned this study. They are all active in Wollaita, one of the most densely populated areas of Ethiopia. It examines the development interventions of the last four and a half decades from the point of view of three key determinants of poverty and destitution: population dynamics and land shortage, urbanisation and commercialisation, and livelihood diversification. The interventions are found to have largely failed to address these key determinants; and the study suggests that a considerable change of policy is needed to put these determinants at centre stage and to accelerate the pace of development. Dessalegn Rahmato won the 1999 Prince Claus Award in recognition of significant achievements in the field of research and development. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Forum for Social Studies, and was formerly its Executive Director. He has published on land and agrarian issues, food security, environmental policy, and poverty in Wollaita. His current research is on civil society and democratisation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
12 Focus of the Study
2
Wollaita Poverty and Destitution
3
22 Population and Demographic Dynamics
6
23 Economic Activities
10
232 Livelihood Diversification
17
24 Vulnerable Livelihoods
19
242 Famine and Food Insecurity
22
322 How Much Have NGOs Invested?
47
323 Achievements
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324 Shortcomings
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325 Challenges
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33 Urban Areas and the Private Sector
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Conclusions and Policy Implications
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42 Policy Implications
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43 The Way Forward
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243 Pandemics and Congested Living
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Development Interventions in Wollaita Since the 1960s
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311 The Imperial Regime
27
312 The Derg and Agricultural Socialism
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313 The Present Government and AgricultureLed Development
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32 NGOs as Development Partners in Wollaita
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References
69
NGO Officers Local Officials and Businesspersons Interviewed
73
Peasants Interviewed
76
Map of Wollaita
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