Entrepreneurs, investors and the state: the public and the private in sub-Saharan African irrigation development

Harrison, Elizabeth and Mdee, Anna (2018) Entrepreneurs, investors and the state: the public and the private in sub-Saharan African irrigation development. Third World Quarterly. ISSN 0143-6597

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Abstract

This article draws on ethnographic research in Tanzania to interrogate the discourse of ‘public’ and ‘private’ in sub-Saharan irrigation development. It contrasts the complexity of social and political relations with narratives suggesting that ‘private’ is necessarily opposed and superior to ‘public’. We argue that support for models of private-sector development obscures access to and control over resources and can result in the dispossession of those least able to resist this. Different interests of ‘entrepreneurial’ individuals and corporate investors and the ways in which these relate to the state are also glossed over. Conversely, the failure of the ‘public’ cannot simply be read from the chequered histories of irrigation schemes within which public and private interests intersect in complex ways.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Irrigation; Tanzania; public/private; entrepreneurs
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Elizabeth Harrison
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 11:09
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 11:09
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76018

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Innovations to Promote Growth among Small-scale Irrigators in Africa: An Ethnographic and Knowledge-Exchange ApproachG0983ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILES/J009415/1