Displacement and the public interest in Nigeria: contesting developmental rationales for displacement
KeywordsCivil society, Governance and public policy, Conflict and reconstruction – Forced displacement, Sub-Saharan Africa
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AbstractThe displacement of urban households and livelihoods by state institutions is typically justified on the basis of the developmental purposes of land clearance, purportedly in the public interest. However, conflicts around such displacement highlight both the contested nature of the “public interest” and the unequal position that different urban actors are into shape consensus about what this should constitute. This article draws on research into the relationship between urban infrastructure development and displacement in Nigeria, to explore how actors negotiate their positions vis-a-vis displacement and contest its developmental rationale.