This paper documents the views of children and their caregivers about an impending relocation (that has been on the cards for a while) in the context of plans for central areas of Addis Ababa and Hawassa to be developed.
The findings suggest that most of the children and their caregivers have heard about the planned relocation from various sources. A significant proportion of caregivers mentioned promises made to them, mainly regarding improvements in housing and services, notably water and electricity. However, they did not have any clear idea about the likely timing of the move, an indication that the people most directly concerned have not been sufficiently involved and consulted in the planning process. Some suggested that they would need time to prepare for relocation. A significant proportion of the caregivers and some children know people who have already been moved, confirming that this is a fairly common experience in the two cities.
Pankhurst, A.; Tiumelissan, A. Young Lives Working Paper 126. Beyond Urban Relocation? Expectations and Concerns ofChildren and Caregivers in Addis Ababa and Hawassa. Young Lives, Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2014) 52 pp. ISBN 978-1-909403-40-6