Sustainability in Karamoja?

Book Publication

Book cover

Book cover

David Knaute and Sacha Kagan (eds.). Sustainability in Karamoja? Rethinking the Terms of Global Sustainability in a Crisis Region of Africa. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2009.

The book was launched at the UNESCO in Paris on June 11th 2009!

About this book

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.

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3 responses to “Sustainability in Karamoja?

  1. Philip O Halloran

    Sustainability and Karamoja? There are too many actors (NGO’s) claiming funds in the name of Karamoja but where do they actually spend it? Pouring money into the area so far has achieved little for those who live in the villages. If something is to be done for Karamoja, it must be compeletely on a village level, with the actors living there instead of rushing back to the creature comforts of their house in the urban areas.

    • Sacha Kagan

      Philip, thank you for your comment. I hope that many other blog visitors will also share their thought on Karamoja, and on the book if they had the chance to read it!
      Concerning the point you are making: You are rightly pointing at two fundamental requirements which are lacking in Karamoja:
      (1) The need for truly bottom-up process in projects; some NGOs however, are following effectively participatory methodologies (ACTED is a good example, I believe).
      (2) The need for coordination: Uncoordinated action by a manifold of NGOs can have, on the whole, negative effects on the region! This is why the UNOCHA, together with the Ugandan authorities, is working to improve the coordination of the NGOs in Karamoja. Ill-conceived projects by ill-informed NGOs should indeed be corrected before they cause harm (which did happen in the past, e.g. with boreholes dug in inappropriate locations, sparkling conflicts and accelerating desertification).

  2. Michel MOUNIC

    Bravo Sacha!
    Bon boulot

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