Taking a livelihood perspective to building urban water resilience: Potential and challenges in Addis Ababa

Liku Workalemahu Habtemariam, Ketema Abebe Tufa, Lise Byskov Herslund, Patience Mguni

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Abstract

This article explores how livelihoods in two typical communities, condominium housing and urban agriculture cooperatives, in Addis Ababa manage water resources and green spaces in order to identify key challenges and potentials for building water-resilient livelihoods. Results show that livelihoods in the two communities are heavily affected by water stress. Being dependent on natural assets makes the farming community vulnerable, but also more flexible than people in condominiums who are locked into a malfunctioning water infrastructure. However, there is potential for building water-resilient livelihoods, if broader policy frameworks are bottom-linked with locally specific situations using landscape-based stormwater management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-251
JournalProgress in Development Studies
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • green space
  • leapfrogging
  • Livelihood
  • LSM
  • water resource
  • water-resilient

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