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Moving Up or Out?A Rapid Livelihoods and Conflict Analysis in Mieso-Mulu Woreda, Shinile Zone, Somali Region, Ethiopia

The pastoralists of Shinile Zone in the Somali Region of Ethiopia experience multiple livelihoods challenges and various types of conflict. Among international NGOs in the area, there is increasing interest in better integration of livelihoods and conflict aprograms, within long-term strategic frameworks. This rapid review focuses in one district of Shinile Zone, and uses a combined livelihoods-conflict analysis to develop a strategic framework that links conflict prevention, land issues, service delivery and strengthened economic activities. The framework uses the concept of economic inter-dependency as a means to support peace, and highlights the need to work across regional state borders in Ethiopia with harmonized programming.

The study was commissioned by Mercy Corps, with funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK government.