Contested narratives of pastoral vulnerability and risk in Ethiopia’s Afar region

This paper emphasises the role of local knowledge, risk perceptions and decision patterns in analyzing changing pastoral livelihood strategies. Based on an intensive empirical case study within the Middle Awash Basin of Ethiopia’s Afar region it is argued that the main concern for Afar pastoralists are political risks evolving from recurrent violent conflicts and increasing governmental development interventions, while drought plays only a minor role within local narratives of risk.