Urbanisation by subtraction: the afterlife of camps in northern Uganda.

Susan Reynolds Whytea, Sulayman Babiiha, Rebecca Mukyala and Lotte Meinert (2014). Urbanisation by subtraction: the afterlife of camps in northern Uganda. The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 52 (4), December 2014, pp 597-622.

As peace returns to northern Uganda, a unique arithmetic of development is evident in the former Internally Displaced Persons camps. Small trading centres whose populations multiplied as they became camps now envision futures as Town Boards. Subtraction is necessary: the displaced people and the dead buried in the camps are being returned to their rural villages. Urban planners have produced meticulous drawings that envisage the division of land into plots for development. Donors are making additions in the form of new market buildings and water supplies. Yet this arithmetic must reckon with new problems as time passes. The article is based primarily on fieldwork in Awach, a former IDP camp now slated for status as a Town Board. In analysing material from interviews with landowners, ‘remainders’ who stayed behind after the camp closed, local leaders and officials, we emphasise the paradoxes, tensions and conflicts of this special path to development.

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Publication Type Journal article
Publisher The Journal of Modern African Studies
Year 2014
Author(s) Susan Reynolds Whytea, Sulayman Babiiha, Rebecca Mukyala and Lotte Meinert
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    […] As peace returns to northern Uganda, a unique arithmetic of development is evident in the former Internally Displaced Persons camps. In analysing material from interviews with landowners, ‘remainders’ who stayed behind after the camp closed, local leaders and officials, this article emphasises the paradoxes, tensions and conflicts of this special path to development.  […]

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