1st Edition

Human Security and Sustainable Development in East Africa

Edited By Jeremiah O. Asaka, Alice A. Oluoko-Odingo Copyright 2023
    254 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book investigates contemporary human security issues in East Africa, setting forth policy recommendations and a research agenda for future studies.

    Human security takes a people-centered rather than state-centered approach to security issues, focusing on whether people feel safe, free from fear, want, and indignity. This book investigates human security in East Africa, encompassing issues as diverse as migration, housing, climate change, displacement, food security, aflatoxins, land rights, and peace and conflict resolution. In particular, the book showcases innovative original research from African scholars based on the continent and abroad, and together the contributors provide policy recommendations and set forth a human security research agenda for East Africa, which encompasses Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti.

    As well as being useful for policy makers and practitioners, this book will interest researchers across African Studies, Security Studies, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Global Governance, International Relations, and Human Geography.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license


    By Timothy M. Shaw


    1. Introduction: Human Security and Sustainable Development in East Africa 

    Jeremiah O. Asaka and Alice A. Oluoko-Odingo

    2. Human Security

    Jeremiah O. Asaka

    3. Securitization Versus Human Security: An Ontological Argument

    Francis Onditi

    4. Interrogating the Role of Human Security and Human Development in Transforming Refugees Livelihoods in Kenya and Uganda

    Dennis Jjuuko

    5. Elusive Peace and Conflict Resolution in South Sudan: A Human Security Alternative Approach

    Israel Nyaburi Nyadera and Billy Agwanda

    6. Conflicting Identities and Insecurities? Uncertainties About Land Rights in Tanzania and Ethiopia

    Francis Semwaza

    7. Economic Perspectives to Human Security in Rwanda

    Alfred R. Bizoza

    8. Human Security Implications of Aflatoxins in East Africa

    Ruth Wangia Dixon and Jeremiah O. Asaka

    9. The Governance Dimensions of Environment Security in 21st-Century Eastern Africa: A Review 

    Mumo Nzau

    10. Impact of Climate Resilient Rural Road Transport on Human Security in Kenya 

    Evaristus M. Irandu

    11. Climate Change, Food Security,and the Challenge of Sustainable Development in East Africa

    Alice A. Oluoko-Odingo

    12. Housing and Human Security in Kampala, Uganda 

    Assumpta NNaggenda Musana and Doreen Kyosimire

    13. Exploring the Urbanization-Migration Nexus in Nairobi City, Kenya: A Human Security Analysis

    Elias H. O. Ayiemba



    Jeremiah O. Asaka is an assistant professor of Security Studies in the Department of Security Studies at Sam Houston State University.

    Alice A. Oluoko-Odingo is an associate professor of Geography and Environmental Studies in the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Nairobi.

    "Today’s interconnected crises – from environmental and climate change to global pandemics, and migration – are changing the security landscape. What previously was a multifaceted security arena, is today a single security space of interlocking challenges far beyond traditional state-based security. This book offers a new, alternative perspective on human security, offering a way to make sense of this interconnected world. Centered on the dignity, empowerment, and context of people’s everyday life in East Africa, Jeremiah O. Asaka and Alice A. Oluoko-Odingo bring together an interdisciplinary set of Eastern African scholars and practitioners to explore human security challenges in the region in new light."

    Florian Krampe, Program Director and Senior Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Sweden.

    "Asaka and Oluoko-Odingo take us on a journey through East Africa in the company of a multidisciplinary team of seasoned and junior East African born scholars. Together they provide an insider perspective on regional security issues, which would be of interest to academics and practitioners alike. The editors present us a conceptual framework of conflict analysis which could be consensual both for Western and Non-Western academics."

    Denis A. Degterev, Professor, Doctor in Political Science, Chair, Department of Theory and History of International Relations, RUDN University, Moscow, Russia.

    "Human Security and Sustainable Development in East Africa is a rich tapestry of enlightening and enriching perspectives on matters security in Eastern Africa. The volume clearly demonstrates how the conceptualization of national security in our contemporary world has deepened from the state as the referent point of national security to the individual as the referent point and how it has broadened from concerns with military-defense issues to issues of human/health security, food security, economic security, and environmental security, among others. The volume is a significant contribution to the burgeoning literature on human security, particularly in the post-Covid-19 world. Authored by Eastern Africans based in Africa and in the diaspora, the volume represents a compelling fresh and much needed new voice on the issue of human security. It should prove an invaluable resource for practitioners of security policy as well as development planners in Eastern Africa and beyond."

    Wanjala S. Nasong'o, Professor of International Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee.