Engineering Ethnic Conflict: The Toll of Ethiopia's Plantation Development on Suri People

Recently dubbed “Africa’s Lion” (in allusion to the discourse around “Asian Tigers”), Ethiopia is celebrated for its steady economic growth, including a growing number of millionaires compared to other African nations. However, as documented in previous research by the Oakland Institute, the Ethiopian government’s “development strategy,” is founded on its policy of leasing millions of hectares (ha) of land to foreign investors. Implementation of this strategy involves human rights violations including coerced displacement, political repression, and neglect of local livelihoods, and places foreign and political interests above the rights and needs of local populations, especially ethnic groups who have historically been marginalized and neglected by the government.

Sugar, Land Grabs and Human Rights

When you look at Western news sources today (such as the New York Times) and search for articles on Ethiopia, not much has been covered in the past year unless it’s related to our national security. The most recent article about Ethiopia in the Times (which was posted today) is not about Ethiopia at all, but rather remembering the shooting at the Westgate Mall in Kenya a year ago and about combating the Somalia-based terrorist group Al Shabab.

World Bank Turns Its Back on Rights Protections for the Poor

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World Bank Turns Its Back on Rights Protections for the Poor

Global civil society response gathers momentum


370 Million People Face the Threat of Extinction — And Nobody Is Talking About It

"This land belonged to my father," said Omot Ochan, a member of the Anuak tribe in Gambella, the poorest province in one of the world's poorest nations: Ethiopia.

"All 'round here is ours. For two days' walk. When my father died, he said don't leave the land. We made a promise. We can't give it to the foreigners."

Fire on the Water

By Ben Rawlence


The two neighbours are complicit in hydro-electric projects that could dry up Lake Turkana and destroy the lives of those who live near it.


Ethiopian Dam's Ecological and Human Fallout Could Echo Aral Sea Disaster

Africa's fourth-largest lake could drop by 20 metres, causing an ecological and human disaster to rival the shrinking of the Aral Sea in central Asia, if Ethiopia goes ahead with massive irrigation projects linked to a giant dam,according to a university paper.

Aid and Ethics Clash

Britain and the US are accused of complicity in human rights abuses, highlighting difficult choices about democracy and development

Karuturi's Valentine's Day Set to Be on a Sour Note

Company was placed under receivership over claims of bankruptcy after it reportedly failed to pay salaries