CFEE Seminar on Contemporary Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa (2016-2017)
with the Departement of Sociology of Addis Ababa University
2nd session: An empirical reading of the Right to the city in Addis Ababa’s condominiums, by Sabine PLANEL (PhD, Institute for Development, IMAF, Paris / CFEE)
Friday 11 November 2016, 2:00-3:30.
Venue: Room G19, College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Sidist Kilo Campus
An empirical reading of the Right to the city in Addis Ababa’s condominiums, by Sabine PLANEL (PhD, Institute for Development, IMAF, Paris / CFEE)
This presentation observes social transition of Ethiopia based on an urban situation. It contributes to the debate over the right to the city in a dynamic way by articulating the analytical fit between political experiments and city dwelling. It focuses on the question
of access to housing in a recent condominium development on the outskirts of Addis-Ababa. This presentation proposes a situated, qualitative and localist approach to analyse the social project of housing policies, and especially the drive to create an urban middle class. It breaks down the profiles and strategies of condominium dwellers and deconstructs the mechanical link between condominium and middle class. Finally, it addresses the capacity of citizens to produce new society and public space.
Sabine Planel is a researcher in political geography positioned at the Research Institute for Development (IRD, IMAF, Paris) and CFEE. She has been working on Ethiopia since the early 2000s. Her works focus on rural geography, local development, public policies and territorialisation processes. Recently she has developed various programs on urban Ethiopia, especially on land tenure or on the Right to the city (urban equity).