Tuesday 21st April 2020
Watch the webinar on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/vD1AoU-FxEg

This webinar explores the programme of resettlement of Gumuz farmers and others living at low altitude along the Blue Nile and Beles rivers, whose home areas are expected to be flooded on completion of the GERD and filling of the new reservoir. It presents preliminary conclusions from research carried out in Benishangul Gumuz and Amhara National Regional States of Ethiopia in November 2018 and January 2019, by Dr Sarah Vaughan and Dr Mesfin Gebremichael, also available in a FutureDams working paper which will be published this month.

The presentation focuses on problems in access to services and common resources, notably water; on land, housing, property and compensation; on livelihoods impacts and prospects; on changes in social and community articulation; and on issues of planning, budgeting and coordination of responsibility amongst stakeholders.

These findings indicate strong continuities with the well documented problems of other resettlement in Ethiopia in the past, and suggest the potential for improving policymaker and institutional decision making in future. Our findings are designed both to inform the period of the conclusion of the GERD construction and filling of the reservoir, and to encourage longer term commitment and planning, once the dam is operational. We consider ways of maximizing shared social benefits, in terms of social and economic development: locally, amongst the resettled Gumuz, as well as nationally and regionally. These ideas will be presented by one of the co-authors of the study, Dr Sarah Vaughan, who is an independent researcher on Ethiopia and Horn, Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University, UK, and Principal at thepolicypractice.com. 

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