Mobility as a social process: Conflict management in the border areas of Afar Region

Abdelah Alifnur, Mirjam van Reisen

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The Afar pastoralists use mobility to optimise livelihoods, cope with drought, maximise efficient resource use and keep their animals free of disease. For the Afar, mobility is a social process, with complex rules in a highly evolved social system. This system also manages conflict, which mainly stems from rivalry over resources, using a combination of customary law, Sharia (religious) law and formal law, all applied in supplementary and complementary ways to achieve solutions that are suited to the context and strengthened by community buy-in. This chapter offers an in-depth analysis of how mobility contributes to resilience and how social processes can help mitigate conflict to optimise solutions for local communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoaming Africa
Subtitle of host publicationMigration, Resilience and Social Protection
Place of PublicationBamendaa, Cameroon
PublisherLangaa RPCIG
ISBN (Print)9789956551019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameConnected and Mobile: Migration and Human Trafficking in Africa


  • Afar
  • climate change
  • mobility
  • resilience


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