Dessalegn Rahmato

Researcher and Private Consultant

Specialization : Rural development, Land tenure, Food security,

Environment and Development, Governance and Civil Society




Studies in Agrarian Change in Ethiopia 1950s - 2000s

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DESSALEGN RAHMATO was formerly the Executive Director of the Forum for Social Studies (FSS), an independent policy research institution based in Addis Ababa . He stepped down from the post in October 2005 but still maintains a strong link with the organization where he has a desk as a Senior Research Fellow. Before that he was for many years a senior researcher at the Institute of Development Research, Addis Ababa University, which he left in 1997 to establish, along with some colleagues, FSS, which was at the time a new initiative in the country. He has published numerous works on land and agrarian issues, food security, rural resettlement, environmental policy, and civil society and democratization. His new book entitled THE PEASANT AND THE STATE : Studies in Agrarian Change in Ethiopia 1950s 2000s has just been published (go to UPDATES to view abstract) .

Dessalegn is the winner of the 1999 Prince Claus Award in recognition of "his achievements in the field of research and development". The award is given by the Prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands to individuals from the Third World considered to have made significant contributions to their societies. Read the article published by Prince Claus Fund and written by Bahru Zewde (Prof.) about Dessalegn Rahmato A Luminary of Social research

Dessalegn has undertaken numerous studies, consultancies and evaluations for a wide diversity of clients, including Government, NGOs, major donors and international organizations, and academic institutions. Some of the main clients include The Ministry of Water Resources (Addis Ababa), Save the Children (UK), World Vision, Christian Aid, Sida (Sweden), World Bank, FAO, ILO, Overseas Development Institute (ODI; London), The African Studies Center (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA), The Land Tenure Center (University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA), The Netherlands Institute of International Relations (The Hague), and Leiden University (Netherlands).

For a list of his publications, go to PUBLICATIONS. Recent papers completed may be viewed in UPDATES

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Last Update June 28, 2009