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HARARI OROMO ALLIANCE IN PRESERVING HARAR [Abstract ID: 0504-05]
Harar Jugal, which is referred to as a “living museum”, was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006. In order to preserve Harar as a living museum various stakeholders contributed in different ways. In particular, its preservation required cooperation between Hararis and Oromos. This paper discusses how the cooperation was established, what methods were employed, who the main participants were and what lessons can be learnt from this historical alliance. It will also discuss the social, economic and political institutions of these main players and how they contributed to preserving the city state. This research is based on reviews of both historical and current literature, as well as interviews and observations. Finally, the importance of this study will be argued and conclusions drawn.