H&M and Land Grabs?



The process of modernization is not an easy one, especially for a developing nation like Ethiopia where important national decisions can often pit culture and tradition against modernity. In the realm of economic development, clothing retail giant, H&M, partnered up with Ethiopia in the past year in order to expand it’s base of suppliers, which are largely concentrated in Asia.

For Ethiopia, this means an opportunity to create jobs and ramp up it’s textile industry (its cotton production is one of the best in Africa). That being said, a report by the Oakland Institute, an independent policy think tank, examined the policies of Ethiopian government in displacing certain indigenous groups in order to make use of the land for large scale economic development.


Check out this investigation by the Swedish TV4 Channel:

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