Supporting Pastoralist Livelihoods in Eastern Africa Through Peace Building


Conflict reduction and peace building initiatives have become the latest development fashion to support insecure pastoralist livelihoods in eastern Africa. Jeremy Lind argues that common approaches in this area are weakened by the predominant understanding of conflicts involving pastoralists as competition over scarce resources as well as the relative inattention to the situation and particular needs of the destitute population.

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Demonstrates how conflicts involving pastoralists are due to the inattention of the state to their particular needs

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Lind, J. Supporting Pastoralist Livelihoods in Eastern Africa Through Peace Building. Development 49, 111–115 (2006).

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  • conflict
  • armed violence
  • peace building
  • development
  • pastoralism
  • Kenya