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Holmén, Hans
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Holmén, H. (2015). Is Land Grabbing Always What It Is Supposed to Be? Large-scale Land Investments in sub-Saharan Africa. Development Policy Review, 33(4), 457-478
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Is Land Grabbing Always What It Is Supposed to Be? Large-scale Land Investments in sub-Saharan Africa
2015 (English)In: Development Policy Review, ISSN 0950-6764, E-ISSN 1467-7679, Vol. 33, no 4, p. 457-478Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The term land grabbing has recently attracted widespread, and sometimes agitated, attention, and its literature grows at exponential speed. At the same time, the concept remains little understood concerning both its meaning, magnitude and consequences and even who the grabbers are. Different attempts to define land grabbing appear to reflect ideological lenses and pre-defined positions rather than a genuine ambition to find out what is actually going on. Based on a comprehensive literature review, this article aims at presenting a more nuanced understanding of this disputed topic and therefore a less biased account of what land-grabbing and/or private investments in land represent.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley: 24 months, 2015
Keyword
Investment; foreignisation; drivers; land availability; smallholders
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120233 (URN)10.1111/dpr.12118 (DOI)000356670500004 ()
Available from: 2015-07-21 Created: 2015-07-20 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Holmén, H., Djurfeldt, G., Andersson, A. & Jirström, M. (2011). The Millennium Development Goals and the African Food Crisis -- Report from the Afrint II project: Report to Sida..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Millennium Development Goals and the African Food Crisis -- Report from the Afrint II project: Report to Sida.
2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
Publisher
p. 20
Keyword
africa, agriculture, smallholders, maize, pro-poor growth
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64683 (URN)
Projects
Afrint
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2011-02-01 Created: 2011-02-01
Billgren, C., Abila, R. & Holmén, H. (2010). How to approach wetland values and risks.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How to approach wetland values and risks
2010 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12831 (URN)
Available from: 2008-01-16 Created: 2008-01-16 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved
Holmén, H. (2010). Snakes in Paradise.: NGOs and the Aid Industry in Africa.. Sterling VA: Kumarian Press
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2010 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

* Questions many key assumptions about the efficacy of NGOs and civil society in development. * Provides suggestions on how to improve NGO performance and how NGOs can better link with local African initiatives and agendas.Beginning in the 1980s, sub-Saharan Africa witnessed a veritable explosion of NGOs and CSOs engaged in efforts to develop the subcontin­ent. Often praised for their commitment, flexibility, close contact with grassroots movements and marginalized groups, these organizations have become the darlings of donors and the UN system. During the same period, however, rural Africa has sunk deeper into poverty. The massive NGO engagement appears not to have made any meaningful progress. Snakes in Paradise breaks through the generalizations and neat theories to discover why these efforts have failed. Focusing especially on those local NGOs that are frequently overlooked by studies that cover the major international players, Holmén uncovers a NGO landscape that is considerably more ambiguous than the popular development literature would have people believe.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sterling VA: Kumarian Press, 2010. p. 293
Keyword
economic assistance, Sub-Saharan Africa, non-governmental organizations, poverty
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53705 (URN)978-1-56549-301-8 (ISBN)978-1-56549-302-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-02-01 Created: 2010-02-01 Last updated: 2013-04-16Bibliographically approved
Holmén, H. & Jirström, M. (2009). Look Who's Talking!: Second Thoughts about NGOs as Representing Civil Society. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 44(4), 429-448
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Look Who's Talking!: Second Thoughts about NGOs as Representing Civil Society
2009 (English)In: Journal of Asian and African Studies, ISSN 0021-9096, E-ISSN 1745-2538, Vol. 44, no 4, p. 429-448Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are major players in development aid today. It is widely believed they represent civil society and that, for example, the UN and the World Bank would be strengtened if NGOs were given a larger influence over policy formulation and development. As one can hardly speak of an NGO community, the issue of representation is far from easily solved. NGOs often compete for visibility, clients and influence, and representation leaves a lot to be desired. Hence, governments' and intergovernmental institutions' reluctance to accept immediately NGOs as partners, may be necessary for NGOs to become representative and, paradoxically, for strengthening civil society as well.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE Publications, 2009
Keyword
campaigning, civil society, networking, NGO, representation, social forum
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20263 (URN)10.1177/0021909609105093 (DOI)
Available from: 2009-09-01 Created: 2009-09-01 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
Holmén, H., Djurfeldt, G. & Jirström, M. (2008). Africa's Food Crisis -- Does Asia's green revolution offer any lessons?. In: Agriculture, Trade and Development -- Towards a greater coherence.: (pp. 73-86). Stockholm: KSLA
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Africa's Food Crisis -- Does Asia's green revolution offer any lessons?
2008 (English)In: Agriculture, Trade and Development -- Towards a greater coherence., Stockholm: KSLA , 2008, p. 73-86Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overwhelming majority of people living in poverty are small-scale farmers and agricultural workers. To reach the UN Millennium Development Goals of halving world poverty by 2015, agricultural development and enhanced productivity must play a key role.Taking Sweden’s ”Policy for Global Development” as the point of departure, the purpose of this book is to highlight linkages and conflicts of interest between the developed and developing countries in agriculture, trade and environmental management, as well as the potential for enhanced coherence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KSLA, 2008
Series
Kungl. Skogs- och lantbruksakademiens tidskrift, ISSN 0023-5350
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42538 (URN)65540 (Local ID)91-85205-63-9 (ISBN)65540 (Archive number)65540 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
Billgren, C. & Holmén, H. (2008). Approaching Reality: Comparing Stakeholder Analysis and Cultural Theory in the Context of Natural Resource Management. Land use policy, 25(4), 550-562
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Approaching Reality: Comparing Stakeholder Analysis and Cultural Theory in the Context of Natural Resource Management
2008 (English)In: Land use policy, ISSN 0264-8377, E-ISSN 1873-5754, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 550-562Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increased pressure on ecosystems and enhanced competition over the use of natural resources makes it necessary to develop sustainable methods for natural resource management (NRM). However, NRM is a complicated issue. It involves numerous stakeholders, with different needs, resources and perceptions of nature. Stakeholder participation will necessarily be selective, based both on theoretical assumptions about who is a legitimate stakeholder and unevenly distributed power among stakeholders. Although stakeholder involvement is important, sometimes the theory appears to be rather blunt. It has been suggested that, since different categories of stakeholders embody different perceptions of nature, cultural theory could provide important additional criteria for stakeholder involvement. Based on field studies in Naivasha, Kenya, this paper analyses pros and cons of stakeholder analysis and investigates the usefulness of cultural theory for improved stakeholder analysis.

Keyword
Cultural theory, Grid/group, Stakeholder analysis, Naivasha, Natural resource management, Kenya
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12832 (URN)10.1016/j.landusepol.2007.11.004 (DOI)
Available from: 2008-01-16 Created: 2008-01-16 Last updated: 2017-12-14
Holmén, H., Jirström, M. & Djurfeldt, G. (2006). Afrikas gröna revolution kom av sig. Forskning och framsteg, Nr 3, April, 52-57
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2006 (Swedish)In: Forskning och framsteg, ISSN 0015-7937, Vol. Nr 3, April, p. 52-57Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-36675 (URN)32126 (Local ID)32126 (Archive number)32126 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Holmén, H., Djurfeldt, G. & Jirström, M. (2006). Afrikas livsmedelskris - finns det lärdomar att dra från Asiens gröna revolutioner?. In: Kungl. Skogs- och lantbruksakademien (Ed.), Jordbruk, handel och utveckling -: mot ökad samstämmighet. (pp. 89-102). Stockholm: Kungl. Skogs och Lantbruksakademien
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Afrikas livsmedelskris - finns det lärdomar att dra från Asiens gröna revolutioner?
2006 (Swedish)In: Jordbruk, handel och utveckling -: mot ökad samstämmighet. / [ed] Kungl. Skogs- och lantbruksakademien, Stockholm: Kungl. Skogs och Lantbruksakademien , 2006, p. 89-102Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Skogs och Lantbruksakademien, 2006
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-36680 (URN)32132 (Local ID)91-85205-29-X (ISBN)978-9-185-20529-5 (ISBN)32132 (Archive number)32132 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Holmén, H., Djurfeldt, G. & Jirström, M. (2006). Afrikas vernachlässigte bauern. Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit, Nr 3, März, 130-130
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Afrikas vernachlässigte bauern
2006 (Swedish)In: Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit, ISSN 0721-2178, Vol. Nr 3, März, p. 130-130Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-36678 (URN)32130 (Local ID)32130 (Archive number)32130 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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