6.02 Sabine Planel; Woldeab Teshome

Spatial justice in Ethiopia

Despite the great ideological diversity of past and present Ethiopian governments, spatial justice remains, and has been for a long time a desired outcome of public policies. The territorial dimension of Ethiopian nation and State building has developed a high concern about social as well as spatial justice in the country. Due to the diversity of philosophical or political positions about justiceor equity, the political objectives and outcomes of planning policies can be contradictory. For instance, pro-poor or services access policies do not necessarily fit with (neo)liberal imperatives recently adopted. To renew debates on Ethiopian territoriality, this panel aims to question the issue of spatial justice in Ethiopian policies out of an ideological perspective. So far two contrasting concepts of justice have polarized the debate: the first focuses on redistribution issues (of goods, services or people), while the second is more concerned with decision making processes. While spatial justice can be redistributive or participative, what do we observe on the ground? What are the main outcomes, implementation modalities and perceptions of public policies promising a certain sense of justice? To what extend does it contribute to the renewing of Ethiopian spaces.


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Mr HUSEN AHMED TURA Environmental Justice under the Ethiopian Law
Mr LABZAÉ Mehdi Competing conceptions of the cadastre: land administration and politics in Benishangul Gumuz
Dr. PLANEL Sabine Is “here and there” fairer than “everywhere”? Socio-spatial variability in the implementation of public policies
Prof. TEGEGNE GEBRE-EGZIABHER Emerging Regions in Ethiopia: Can they Catch up with the Rest of Ethiopia?