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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.4

Future-making through informal savings associations in the Ethiopian diaspora


  • Dr. Sophia THUBAUVILLE

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Being a worldwide phenomenon, also in Ethiopia informal savings and insurance associations constitute an important aspect of society. In parts of the country their membership amongst married adults is nearly 100 percent. They can be found in all classes of society, from shoe-shine boys to successful business men. The same informal saving and insurance associations are also popular and practiced in Ethiopian diaspora communities in countries that have diversified and comprehensive formal financial institutions. Practices of migration as well as saving are deeply entwined with personal and collective ideas about futures and a ‘good life’. The presentation will therefore focus on ideas of ‘good life’ and the future-making practices of the described associations and their members.