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Making the “Unthinkable” Thinkable: Fostering Sustainable Development for Youth in Ethiopia’s Lowlands

12.04.22 | Ethiopia

Economic empowerment | Gender norms | SDGs | Social protection | Sustainability

Authors

Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Workneh Yadete, Nicola Jones and Yitagesu Gebreyehu

This paper draws on qualitative, longitudinal data collected between 2017 and 2022 to explore the diverse and interwoven risks facing adolescents (and their families) living in the lowland areas of the Oromia and Afar regions. While risks—including drought, invasive species, population growth, and restrictive gender norms—are similar across research locations, differences in traditional livelihoods and government investments mean that outcomes are highly varied.

The paper concludes that sustainable development requires that the government of Ethiopia and its partners invest in a twin-track approach that supports households to meet current needs and to invest in the education that positions young people to thrive in the future.

Suggested citation:

Presler-Marshall, E., Yadete W., Jones, N. and Gebreyehu Y. (2022) ‘Making the “Unthinkable” Thinkable: Fostering Sustainable Development for Youth in Ethiopia’s Lowlands’ Sustainability (https://doi.org/10.3390/su14074239)


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