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Infrastructure Development in the Horn of Africa and Community Responses

Chatham House, London

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In the Horn of Africa, regional integration is being driven by large-scale infrastructure projects to develop transportation, communications and power. Fuelled by access to natural resources and external finance, these developments are bringing governments closer to their state peripheries. Governments in the Horn of Africa need to manage a careful balance between implementing modernizing projects on a national and regional scale while preventing or addressing local grievances – by providing local development, resources and autonomy. Policy incoherence and disharmony in governance risk fuelling contestation and enduring conflict.

This workshop will bring together experts to examine infrastructure developments in the Horn of Africa, their impacts on local communities, emerging resistance and whether governments are working with local communities to balance the costs and benefits of these projects. The first session will explore Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), and the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET). The second session will focus on displacement and resistance to the Merowe Dam in Northern Sudan.

This event is hosted in collaboration with the School of International Development and Water Security Research Centre at the University of East Anglia.

Please note that attendance is by invitation only. This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.