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Title:Examining the Potential of Indigenous Institutions for Development: A Perspective From Borana, Ethiopia
Author:Watson, Elizabeth E.
Periodical:Development and Change
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:social structure
popular participation
natural resource management
indigenous knowledge
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Development and Technology
Abstract:This article examines an institutional approach to development in which indigenous institutions are viewed as a resource for achieving development. It concentrates on indigenous natural resource management (NRM) institutions which have been seen by some development agencies to be a means to address the needs of people and the environment in a way that is also participatory. Using material from Borana Zone, southern Ethiopia, where fieldwork was carried out in 1999 and 2000, the article describes the indigenous NRM institutions and examines the attempt of a particular development agency (GTZ/BLPDP - German Technical Cooperative Organization/Borana Lowland Pastoral Development Programme) to form partnerships with different indigenous institutions. This experience challenged the idealism of the development agency, and highlighted the difficulties and complexities of working with indigenous institutions: partnerships between development agencies are often fragile and tend to dissolve when they fail to meet the preconceptions of the developers. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]