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Land-Grabbing and Villagization in Ethiopia's Lowlands and Beyond

Dr. Fana Gebresenbet discusses the issues of land grabbing and villagization in the Gambella region of Ethiopia.

Date & Time

Mar. 27, 2014
12:00pm – 1:30pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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In recent history, Ethiopia has experimented with new modes of governance to adapt to the changing nature of Ethiopian economy, politics and power. Particularly controversial among these changes is the debate around ‘land grabbing’ and ‘villagization’ of the country’s lowlands.  Lack of transparency, little prior consultation, and the questionable fashion in which most deals are made between governments and foreign investors has reinforced already existing conceptions of the process and reduced the likelihood that local people perceive such investments in a positive light.  Fana Gebresenbet Erda and Michael Kugelman will discuss the phenomenon of ‘land grabbing’ in the context of Ethiopia, and what is forecasted for this trend going forward. Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa will moderate this event.


A light lunch will be served.


For more insights from Fana Erda, please visit our program blog, Africa Up Close!




Photo Credit: AJ Leon via Flickr.




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