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What happens at a market ? : a study of a pastoralist livestock and commodity market in Samburu, Northern Kenya

Dortant, Emmy

Titre : What happens at a market ? : a study of a pastoralist livestock and commodity market in Samburu, Northern Kenya

Auteur : Dortant, Emmy

Université de soutenance : Wageningen University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2015

Descriptif
This research is based on the knowledge gap around institutions, (rural) markets and access to resources and assets. Although it is known that institutions are important, little is known on how these are shaped, adjusted and how they function, especially in a pastoralist setting. Therefor my research question is : How has the establishment of a co-managed livestock market influenced and shaped institutions and access to resources, assets and capital in the Lolkuniani region of Samburu county ? To answer this question, I will look at several sub-topics :, which are Co-management : As this co-management system is different from what has been researched before, I am interested in how it is organised, how responsibilities are shared, and how the co-management functions in the market : how is co-management influencing what happens at the market ? Trades and access to assets : It is unknown which trades are performed and how. This will help answering the question how people gain access to resources, and if and how institutions play a role in this. Social relations : The market is not an anonymous place, and besides performing trade and acquiring access to resources, social relations will likely also be reinforced or established. I hypothesise that some social interactions can confirm or undermine existing institutions, or create new ones. I will research if this is actually true, and how this happens. These topics bring me to three sub questions : 1. How is this form of co-management organised, and how does it operate and influence the market ? 2. How does the market influence and facilitate the way people gain access to resources and capital ? 3. How does the market influence social interactions ?

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