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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: 1.71

Futuremaking with Pastoralists. A Matter of Resilience


  • Dr. Echi Christina GABBERT

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Excluding pastoralists from futuremaking in the name of development and modernity has created, what in chemistry is known as toxic synergy. Development patterns that seemed to make sense in one institutional framework (e.g Sustainable Development Goals) were matched with market mechanisms that seemed to make sense in another institutional framework (economic growth and investment). States and pastoralists have seldomly worked together on future making, on the contrary, pastoralism has time and again been replaced with development alternatives by states with villagisation and “resettlement” as major features to manage and control once mobile populations. But isn’t it high time to correct alliances? In my presentation features of pastoralism that could contribute to meaningful futuremaking are pointed out: economy, land and crisis management, alternative economies, climate and sustainability, innovation,change and democratic egalitarian principles. My focus lies on recent examples of resilience in Ethiopia where after repeated scenarios of dispossession and investment failures, pastoralists reflect anew on policies, statemaking, so called development, food and land.