Assessment of impacts of ‘villagisation’ in Ethiopia
The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs announces a tender for a social-economic baseline study and assessment on the impact of villagisation in Ethiopia.
The so-called “villagisation programme” aims to cluster dispersed populations in sparsely populated regions into villages to enable more efficient provision of basic services. The idea is to transform shifting agricultural practices into stable farming in the vicinity of villages and to provide people with increased access to basic services and infrastructure, as well as to increase agricultural productivity.
The resettled households are to be given a 990 m2 plot for a house and a minimum three-hectare plot for farming. The land is to be located within a reasonable distance from the dwelling, it will be arable and include irrigation and agricultural extension services. People are to be issued land rights in a manner that is consultative and transparent, allowing possibilities for appeal.
The contract is to establish a baseline that covers current land use, livelihoods and the local populations’ land related rights, to analyse the impacts on land administration and land tenure rights of villagisation, and to suggest a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the process.
The Ministry notes that if the process is carried out properly, villagisation may well result in improved quality of life and accelerated development. However, there are many risks involved.
The deadline for the submission of tenders is December 16, 2011.