‘Like Fish on Land’: Testimonies from People in Uganda and Laos After Being Displaced
This paper looks at four hydropower projects implemented in Laos (Nam Theun 2 and Nam Ou) and in Uganda (Bujagali and Karuma), describing the resettlement effects on local communities. These effects vary per case, and may include the loss of physical and non-physical assets, including homes, communities, productive land, income earning assets and sources, subsistence, resources, cultural sites, social structures, networks and ties, cultural identity and mutual help mechanisms.
In both countries, one project is funded by international public banks such as the World Bank or European Investment Bank in cooperation with corporate players (Bujagali and Nam Theun 2). The other project is funded with Chinese state money (Karuma and Nam Ou).
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Published: May 2019
Organizaton(s): Both ENDS
Region: Africa and Asia