Title: The Politics of ‘’Developmental State’’ in Ethiopia: A View from Gibe III Hydropower Development Project
In this research I look at the issue of developmentalism and exercise of power in contemporary Ethiopia. The project of state building and the quest for political stability have been an evolving concern for the successive Ethiopian regimes since the beginning of the 20th century. These top-down high modernist state building projects, as constitutive feature of the modern Ethiopian state, were carried out under various ideologies and institutional structures with contrasting features-from the monarchical, socialist military dictatorship to the current ‘’democratic’’ regime. However, previous attempts had failed to achieve the wished-for legitimacy and the consequent political stability as well as development. The current Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front-led regime, which came to power in 1991, has taken discourses of ‘’developmental state’’ to center stage since the beginning of 2000s. Against this background, this study seeks to understand the notion of Ethiopian “developmental state” and its practical operations using Gibe III hydropower development project as a case study.
- Developmental state, high modernism, state formation, hydropower, hydropolitics, political ecology, Ethiopia, Gibe-Omo river valley
- Advanced Masters of Science in Governance and Development from Institute of development policy and management, University of Antwerp, Belgium (2012-2013)
- M.A in Geography and Environmental Studies from Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2004-2006)
- Bachelor Degree in Geography, Alemaya University, Ethiopia (1998-2002)
- Edegilign H. Decentralization and Poverty Reduction, VDM Publishing House Ltd, 2011.
- The Politics of “Developmental State” in Ethiopia: Inherent contradictions and Emerging Challenges, Social Movements and State Fragility in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Oromo Protests and Government Responses of 2015-16, June 21, 2016, School Of Oriental and African Studies, University Of London, UK.
Teaching and other activities
- 2006-2008 Worked as Monitoring and evaluation expert in World Bank funded Public Sector Capacity Building Program.
- 2008-2012 Worked as lecturer for undergraduate students of Geography and Environmental Studies in Wolaita Sodo University.
- 2009-2012 Chaired the department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wolaita Sodo university.
- 2013-2015 Worked as Capacity development, monitoring and evaluation specialist, Community led-Accelerated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project Ethiopia