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Rift Valley Institute

Making local knowledge work

RVI Fellows and associates on politics in Eastern Africa

Tobias Hagmann and Kjetil Tronvoll’s Contested Power in Ethiopia: Traditional Authorities and Multi-Party Elections (2011) focuses on Ethiopia’s 2005 elections. The authors examine the significance of non-state actors, documenting the political strength and limitations of traditional leadership. In Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State (2011) Mary Harper challenges common perceptions of Somalia as a failed state. She draws attention to alternative forms of business, justice, education, and local politics that survive and flourish. And in Strength, Creativity and Livelihoods of Karimojong Youth (the Pastoralist Communication Initiative documents an investigation into the livelihoods of youth in Karamoja, Uganda.

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