Rural Realities between Crisis and Normality: Livelihood Strategies in Angola, 1975-2008

Hilde van Dijkhorst examined the ways in which rural people in Huíla province, Angola, have dealt with crises and adapted their livelihoods accordingly. These responses and adaptations to crises were juxtaposed against the variety of interventions by state and aid agencies which affect rural livelihoods in broad terms.

The Angolan population has lived through a long history of conflict, starting with an independence war against Portugal since 1961, and evolving into a civil war from the start of independence in 1975 lasting until 2002. Throughout this violent history, humanitarian actors made a significant range of interventions with the intention to alleviate the suffering of the country’s population and help them rebuild their lives and livelihoods after the end of the war in 2002. This thesis analysed these interventions, especially related to the recovery of rural livelihoods, to understand the assumptions underlying them, as well as their outcomes.

PhD candidate: Hilde van Dijkhorst

Promotor: Dorothea Hilhorst