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After Janjaweed? Socioeconomic Impacts of the Conflict in Darfur

  • Olsson, Ola

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

In this article, we use a unique database on 542 villages in southwestern Darfur to analyze patterns of population growth and land reallocation that have emerged as a consequence of the recent conflict. Our analysis demonstrates that a displacement from this region alone of more than 300,000 people from three targeted African groups has occurred and that villages have been repopulated by Arab and other African groups. Almost a fourth of all villages have been squatted by newly settled populations. The probability of squatting is shown to be largest in peripheral areas with good access to surface water, where soils are of good quality, and where many households from targeted tribes have fled. A key challenge in post-conflict reconstruction will therefore be the restoration of rights to land.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 429.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 29 Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0429
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