Kamski, Dr. Benedikt

Funktion: 
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
E-Mail: 
benedikt.kamski [at] abi.uni-freiburg.de
Forschungsbereiche: 
Politische Ökonomie, Geopolitik, Industrialisierung
Regionale Schwerpunkte: 
Horn von Afrika, insbesondere Äthiopien und Djibouti

 

 

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Benedikt Kamski is a research consultant who has worked in the Horn of Africa since 2012. He completed his PhD on river basin development and sugar industrialization in 01/2017. His doctoral research focused on the Kuraz Sugar Development Project (KSDP), its wider politico-economic context and the challenges related to the hydro-agricultural transformation underway in Ethiopia's lower Omo Valley. During his postgraduate studies he was affiliated with the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Addis Ababa University and the African Studies Centre, Oxford University. Mainly based in Addis Ababa since 2018, he is a Senior Researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute (ABI) and a co-editor of the yearly Africa Yearbook. Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara at Brill publishers (Leiden, 2018 - ongoing).

Publikationen

Platzhalterbild Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Nizar Manek
Routledge Handbook of the Horn of Africa
The Routledge Handbook of the Horn of Africa provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary survey of contemporary research related to the Horn of Africa. Situated at the junction of the Sahel-Saharan strip and the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa is growing in global importance due to demographic growth and the strategic importance of the Suez Canal.
2021
Platzhalterbild Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt
Africa Yearbook Volume 17, Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2020
2021
Platzhalterbild Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Albert Sebudubudu Kanlisi Awedoba
Africa Yearbook Volume 17, Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2020
2021
Platzhalterbild Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Albert Sebudubudu Kanlisi Awedoba
Africa Yearbook Volume 17, Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2020
2021
Platzhalterbild Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Prof. Albert Awedoba / Prof. David Sebudubudu
Africa Yearbook
The Africa Yearbook covers major domestic political developments, the foreign policy and socio-economic trens in sub-Sahara Africa
2021
Platzhalterbild Zeitschriftenartikel (Wiss.)
Zeitschriftenartikel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt
Progress in Development Studies (PDJ)
https://doi.org/10.1177/14649934211020834
The publication of this book created a great deal of heat around the Africa operations of Dutch brewing giant Heineken. Published originally in 2015 (in Dutch), the 2019 English edition is a reworked updated version presenting eight-country studies and additional chapters on the company’s history in Africa, a critical discussion of its marketing strategies, corporate social responsibility and the economic impact of Heineken on local economies. Moreover, the author takes a closer look at the beer business in Africa’s conflict hotspots.
2021
Platzhalterbild Berichte, Studien, Policy Paper, Workingpaper
Berichte, Studien, Policy Paper, Workingpaper
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt
2021
Platzhalterbild Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Edward G. J. Stevenson
LANDS OF THE FUTURE Anthropological Perspectives on Pastoralism, Land Deals and Tropes of Modernity in Eastern Africa
Rangeland, forests and riverine landscapes of pastoral communities in Eastern Africa are increasingly under threat. Abetted by states who think that outsiders can better use the lands than the people who have lived there for centuries, outside commercial interests have displaced indigenous dwellers from pastoral territories. This volume presents case studies from Eastern Africa, based on long-term field research, that vividly illustrate the struggles and strategies of those who face dispossession and also discredit ideological false modernist tropes like ‘backwardness’ and ‘primitiveness’.
2021
Platzhalterbild Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Albert Kanlisi Awedoba / David Sebudubudu
Africa Yearbook Volume 16, Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2019
Some global trends affected sub-Saharan Africa, but not homogeneously: while eco-nomic growth was back in most parts of Eastern and some parts of West Africa, both Southern and Central African economies continued to suffer in their majority from conditions on the world market for their main export products and also from homemade problems. The global trend of a relapse in democracy was observable in Africa when looking into the different indices on offer. However, the spectacular re-moval of an age-old authoritarian regime like the one in Sudan worked against this trend.
2020
Platzhalterbild Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Albert Kanlisi Awedoba / David Sebudubudu
Africa Yearbook Volume 16, Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2019
The year began with an unpredictable future for Sudan, where large-scale pro-tests eventually led to the fall of the al-Bashir regime that had ruled the country for nearly three decades. Ethiopia continued to be in the limelight of global atten-tion, not least since its reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. Expectations were high that his administration would succeed in its efforts to lead peace and cooperation initiatives in the region.
2020
Platzhalterbild Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Albert Kanlisi Awedoba / David Sebudubudu
Africa Yearbook Volume 16, Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2019
2020
Platzhalterbild Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Albert Awedoba / David Sebudubudu
Africa Yearbook 16, Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2019
Some global trends affected sub-Saharan Africa, but not homogeneously: while eco-nomic growth was back in most parts of Eastern and some parts of West Africa, both Southern and Central African economies continued to suffer in their majority from conditions on the world market for their main export products and also from homemade problems. The global trend of a relapse in democracy was observable in Africa when looking into the different indices on offer. However, the spectacular re-moval of an age-old authoritarian regime like the one in Sudan worked against this trend.
2020
Platzhalterbild Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Albert Awedoba / David Sebudubudu
Africa Yearbook
Referenzwerk/Jahrbuch (16. Ausgabe)
2020
Platzhalterbild Zeitschriftenartikel (Wiss.)
Zeitschriftenartikel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Dr. Gebresenbet Fana
Journal of Contemporary African Studies
https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2020.1716963
This paper challenges the commonplace characterisation of Ethiopia as a developmental state, by stressing that the Ethiopian model, which heavily relies on political control of the rent process at the expense of the bureaucratic knowledge/expertise, is not conducive for industrial policy implementation. We show that this approach worked fine at early stages of growth, however with the increasing complexity, knowledge- and capital-intensive nature of industrial policy-making and implementation, the crucial role to be played by a capable bureaucracy becomes more evident.
2020
Platzhalterbild Berichte, Studien, Policy Paper, Workingpaper
Berichte, Studien, Policy Paper, Workingpaper
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / F. Gebresenbet / M.F Mulugeta
2020
Platzhalter Online-Publikation, Blog-Artikel, op-ed
Online-Publikation, Blog-Artikel, op-ed
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt
The Conversation Africa
If it’s completed, the Kuraz sugar project in Ethiopia will be a mega-scheme unprecedented in size and processing capacity. The project sits on 100,000 hectares in the southwestern lowlands along the lower reaches of the Omo River. Kuraz was the showcase project of the state-owned Ethiopian Sugar Corporation under the country’s first five-year growth and transformation plan launched nearly a decade ago. One of its central objectives was to meet increasing local demand for sugar.
2020
Platzhalter Online-Publikation, Blog-Artikel, op-ed
Online-Publikation, Blog-Artikel, op-ed
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt
Ethiopia Insight
When three leaders came to cut the ribbon of the Omo-Kuraz III sugar factory in October 2018, built using $290 million of credit from China Development Bank, all eyes were on southern Ethiopia. The visit of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, accompanied by his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn and Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki, was an important step for Kuraz Sugar Development Project, an unprecedented mega-scheme of four estates in Ethiopia’s southwestern lowlands whose progress has been stuttering. The success of the venture was compromised at the outset by government overconfidence in its
2020
Platzhalterbild Zeitschriftenartikel (Wiss.)
Zeitschriftenartikel (Wiss.)
Kamski, B. / G. Akall / T. Akuja / I. Angelei / E. A. Bedasso / L. Buffavand / S. Derbyshire / I. Eulenberger / N. Gownaris / J. Hodbid / A. Kurewa / M. Lokuruka / M.F. Mulugeta / D. Okenwa / C. Rodgers / J. Stevenson / E. Tebbs
AMBIO
https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-018-1139-3
This paper synthesizes current knowledge on the impacts of the Gibe III dam and associated large-scale commercial farming in the Omo-Turkana Basin, based on an expert elicitation coupled with a scoping review and the collective knowledge of an multidisciplinary network of researchers with active data-collection programs in the Basin.
2020
Platzhalterbild Zeitschriftenartikel (Wiss.)
Zeitschriftenartikel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt
Journal of Eastern African Studies
10.1080/17531055.2019.1669374 
In spite of high capital expenditures, the development of state-owned sugarcane estates in Ethiopia’s southwestern lowlands did not bring the desired success in terms of sugar revenues, employment creation, or the socio-economic development of the local agro-pastoralist population. Yet, the radical and capital-intensive transformation of the Omo River basin was by no means without impact. This paper shows that the Kuraz Sugar Development Project (KSDP) entails ‘side effects’ which manifest themselves in different spatial–temporal dimensions.
2020
Platzhalterbild Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Victor Adetula / Henning Melber
Africa Yearbook. Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2018, Vol. 15
Despite some notable improvements in infrastructure, overall economic performance in SSA remained relatively sluggish in comparison to other regions of the world, even though the Chinese offensive in terms of economic support – also through loans – continued. The apparent geostrategic motivation for financing the infrastructural support was criticised by the United States. Suspicions that the AUheadquarters, built by China as a donation, was under Chinese surveillance did not harm the positive ties.
2020
Platzhalterbild Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Beitrag Sammelband/ Buchkapitel (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt
Africa Yearbook. Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2018, Vol. 15
Unforeseen political developments during the year put Eastern Africa in the global spotlight, and observers viewed with much enthusiasm the positive reforms and regional diplomacy coming from Ethiopia. However, large parts of the sub-region remained politically fragile, experiencing violent conflict and growing public un-rest. Long-term rulers and dominant parties faced increasing challenges from novel opposition movements and their electorates, and the year ended with an unpre-dictable future for Sudan.
2020
Platzhalterbild Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Victor Adetula / Henning Melber
Africa Yearbook. Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2018, Vol. 15
2020
Platzhalterbild Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Herausgeberschaft (Wiss.)
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt / Prof. Dr. Andreas Mehler / Victor; Melber Adetula
Africa Yearbook
2019
Platzhalter Online-Publikation, Blog-Artikel, op-ed
Online-Publikation, Blog-Artikel, op-ed
Kamski, Dr. Benedikt
DÄV-Infoblätter
Der Ausbau und die Modernisierung der Zuckerindustrie war neben der Erschließung des Wasserkraftpotentials eine zentrale Komponente des ersten Growth & Transformation Plan (GTP I, 2010/11-2014/15) der auf Industrialisierung und Technisierung ausgerichteten Entwicklungsstrategie der EPRDF (Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front) Regierung. Die industrielle Weiterverarbeitung und der Anbau von Zuckerrohr entspricht dabei einer der zentralen Ideen der Regierung, nämlich der angestrebten Verzahnung des Agrar- sektors und der Industrie.
2017