Sustainability in Karamoja?

ISBN 978-3-89645-256-6

Sustainability in Karamoja?

Rethinking the Terms of Global Sustainability in a Crisis Region of Africa

Edited by: David Knaute, Sacha Kagan. With a preface by: Louis Michel, Elizabeth Paula Napeyok. With contributions by: Wario R. Adano, Hubert Beckmann, Mario Cisternino, Mark Dwyer, Sylvain Froidevaux, Jesús Garzón Heydt, Jeanne Gradé, Sandra Gray, Jorge Guerra González, Itsuhiro Hazama, Kirill Istomin, Sacha Kagan, David Knaute, Ben Knighton, Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, Karl Lakolak, James Lemukol, Thomas Loquang, Evelyn Mathias, Nene Mburu, Sally Ollech, Liv Pedersen, Marion Rolle, P. van Damme, R.B. Weladji, Wolde Wendessen Gulelat, Lena Wäbs.

Series: TIAS Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies Volume 12

12 pp. Roman, 531 pp.
7 colour maps, 8 b/w maps, 25 colour photos, 3 colour illustrations, 12 colour graphs, 5 b/w graphs, 16 tables
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
820 g
€ 69.80

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The Karamoja region of Uganda is not well-known, yet it suffers from one of the most severe and chronic crisis in Africa. Almost 30 years after the historical famine of 1980, political and ecological factors still intermingle, placing the pastoralist livelihood of a million Karimojong under unprecedented stress.

Stemming from five international conferences as part of a year of active campaigning across Europe, this publication looks at global responsibilities and explores local, national and international solutions that may pave the way to sustainability and conflict mitigation. With contributions by an interdisciplinary selection of researchers and experts, and a confrontation of European and African cases, it also reveals opportunities and challenges for pastoralist societies worldwide.

Aid workers, researchers, students, decision-makers and other people concerned with Africa, nomadic lifestyles or the effects of climate change will find inspiring, yet challenging perspectives that together cast a new light on the complexity of humanitarian crises and human development. The forewords are written by Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, and Elizabeth Paula Napeyok, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uganda to France, Spain, Portugal and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.


Louis Michel / Elizabeth Paula Napeyok: Foreword

David Knaute: Rethinking Sustainability in Pastoralist Areas of East Africa – Introduction

PART ONESearching for Sustainability in Karamoja

Chapter 1

David Knaute: Literature Review on Karamoja (Period 1943–2008)

Chapter 2

Sacha Kagan / Liv Pedersen / Sally Ollech: The Karamoja Syndrome – Transdisciplinary Systems Research Informing Policy and Advocacy

Chapter 3

Under the guidance of ACTED / Leuphana University Lüneburg: Reaching the Frontiers – Perspectives on Sustainable Development Strategies in Karamoja

PART TWO – Pastoralism Globally and Locally

Chapter 4 · Pastoralism and Development in the Age of Globalization – Comparative Perspectives from Europe and East Africa

Hubert Beckmann / Jesús Garzón Heydt: Transhumance as a Tool of Species Conservation in Times of Climate Change

Jorge Guerra González: Interculturality as Background for Sustainability

Mark J. Dwyer / Kirill V. Istomin: Technological Carrying Capacity Renders Ecological Carrying Capacity a Redundant Concept in Pastoralist Systems? A Case Study of ‘Overgrazing’ amongst Komi and Nenets Reindeer Herders

Sylvain Froidevaux: Cattle Raiding and Black Market – From Sociocultural Practice to Subversive Sociability in African Postcolonial Context

Wario R. Adano: Development Policies, Reactive Aid and Indigenous Institution of Livestock Sharing among East African Pastoralists

Nene Mburu: Ilemi Triangle, the Complexityof Disarming ‘Fragmentary’ Societies

Wolde Wendessen Gulelat: The Role of NGOs in Pastoral Advocacy – Experiences of Pastoralist Forum Ethiopia

Marion Rolle: The Forgotten Perspective of Climate Policy – Women and Climate Change – The Example of Tanzania

Chapter 5 · Multifaceted Perspectives on the Karamoja Crisis

Mario Cisternino: How the Karimojong Pastoralists Manage Their Territory – The Ecological Circle of the Pastoralists and the Social Structure Holding it Together

Ben Knighton: Can Notions of Common Property and the Common Good Survive? The Consequences of Classical Economics for Karamojong Nomadic Pastoralists

Itsuhiro Hazama: Disarmament Policies for Ending Armed Conflict in an East-African Pastoral Society

Evelyn Mathias / Thomas Loquang / Ilse Köhler-Rollefson: Community-based Breed Documentation as a Tool for Empowerment – The Example of Karamoja

Jeanne T. Gradé / R.B. Weladji / P. Van Damme: Embracing Ethnoveterinary Knowledge Diffusion in Karamoja, Uganda – A Strategy to Strengthen

James Lemukol: Health Care Delivery to a Semi-nomadic Population – The Experience of Karamoja

Sandra Gray: Economic Activities of Karimojong Men and Women in Two Villages in Moroto District, August–December, 2004

PART THREE – Thinking out of the Box – Cultural Strategies for Awareness Raising

Chapter 6 · Examples from the Karamoja Campaign

Karl Lakolak: Karamojadream

Sylvain Froidevaux: Caution Border – Art Intervention by the CCC Research-based MA Programme at Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD)

Lena Wäbs: Learning Interculturality – A Cultural Exchange between a Gymnasium in Germany and a ABEK school in Karamoja

Sacha Kagan: Land of Thorns – A Filmic Attempt to Mediate Issues of (Un-)sustainable Development

Sacha Kagan / David Knaute: A Photographic Exploration of Karamoja

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The work is well intentioned, with the important goal of improving the lot of pastoralists, specifically the Karamojong, by advocating for the acceptability and even benefit to society of their nomadic lifestyle.

Lorelle Beth Jabs in African Affairs, 110/439, 2011, 315-316

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