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Title:'The Problem with the Locals': Partnership and Participation in Ethiopia
Author:Harrison, Elizabeth
Periodical:Development and Change
Geographic term:Ethiopia
popular participation
natural resource management
development cooperation
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Abstract:This paper is concerned with the proliferation of donor discourses about partnership and participation, focusing on 'community-based' natural resources management policy in Ethiopia, where research focused on areas near Dessie (south Wello zone) and Meket 'wereda' (north Wello zone). Development 'partnerships' obscure a wide range of inequalities. The history of hierarchical and nonparticipatory government in Ethiopia influences the current context of 'post-Derg' rebuilding and decentralization, resulting in considerable tensions between actors at different institutional levels.The relationships between the State and donors and between donors themselves are similarly contested and negotiated. However, none of these institutions is monolothic. In particular, the agency and positioning of those individuals charged with implementing participatory policy influence both practice and interpretation and can help explain the frequent gaps between policy and practice. These gaps continue to perplex donors advocating partnership, but are seldom explored beyond off-stage mutterings about the 'problems with the locals'. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]