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Understanding competing and conflicting interests for peri-urban land in Ethiopia’s era of urbanization.


Year published: 2020
Categories: Journal Article
URL Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0956247819890215

Author / Authors:

  • Achamyeleh Gashu Adam


Understanding the competing and conflicting interests in peri-urban land is crucial for informed decisions and well-managed urbanization. These interests in peri-urban land in Ethiopia are explored from a political economy perspective, using desk review and case study research. The findings show that the state, the private business sector and the local community are the three main sets of players with competing interests in peri-urban land, which has resulted in the rapid conversion of farmland into built-up urban property. The more land is expropriated by government agents, and the more land is developed by developers, the more revenues are collected by the government and the more profit is realized by developers and dealers, but with less opportunity and security for local communities in the peri-urban areas. Therefore, urban spatial expansion and development programmes in urban fringe areas require purposeful intervention of the government in a way that can accommodate the interests of all parties without conflict.

Environment and Urbanization (First Published January 13, 2020) https://doi.org/10.1177/0956247819890215


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