Helen Young

Helen YoungResearch Director for Nutrition, Livelihoods and Conflict; Professor

Helen leads on several inter-disciplinary livelihoods research projects at the Center, including the recently completed Livelihoods and Environment Sudan program supported by UNEP and UKaid, DFID, focusing on pastoralism, markets and trade. Her current research focuses on livelihood resilience and adaptation, including pastoralism and public nutrition.

Helen has been a Research Director with the Feinstein International Center since 1998, and a Professor with Tufts University for more than 10 years. Active in humanitarian response and development since 1985, Helen has professional experience with Oxfam GB, UNHCR, the World Bank, FAO, WFP and Unicef, mainly in Africa. She has combined field based deployments and consultancies with applied research, including work as a Visiting Research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute where she analyzed nutrition, food security and famine responses during the eighties. Since joining Tufts she has established and taught a core masters course ‘Public Nutrition in Emergencies’ and developed an inter-disciplinary research program on livelihoods, environment and conflict, and also public nutrition, with grants from DFID, Ford Foundation, WFP, UNEP, FAO, Mellon and others. In 2002 she led the development of the Sphere Minimum Standards on food security, and since 2004 her main focus has been livelihoods and conflict in Sudan. Helen is Co-Editor of the journal Disasters and she is author of more than 60 books, book chapters, practical guides, reports and peer reviewed publications.

FIC Publications

Pastoralism in Practice Monitoring Livestock Mobility in Contemporary Sudan
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This report highlights the importance of pastoralist livestock mobility for the resilience of pastoralist livelihood systems and for maximising productivity. Tufts and partners monitored camel, sheep and cattle herds for…

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Livestock, Livelihoods, and Disaster Response:  PART ONE A Review of Livestock-Based Livelihood Projects in Sudan
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By Merry Fitzpatrick, Helen Young | November 2013

Tufts University and the Feinstein International Center are pleased to announce the publication of a two part review of emergency livestock interventions in Sudan. Livestock production is a crucial livelihood…

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Livestock, Livelihoods, and Disaster Response: PART TWO Three Case Studies of Livestock Emergency Programmes in Sudan, and Lessons Learned
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Tufts University and the Feinstein International Center are pleased to announce the publication of a two part review of emergency livestock interventions in Sudan. Livestock production is a crucial livelihood…

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Pastoralism in Practice: Monitoring Livestock Mobility in Contemporary Sudan
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This is the fourth in a series of Policy Briefing Papers which form part of the Environment and Livelihoods component of the UNEP Sudan Integrated Environment Programme, funded by UKAid…

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Standing Wealth Pastoralist Livestock Production and Local Livelihoods in Sudan
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The report highlights the importance of pastoralist livestock production for the country’s economy, and outlines ways in which pastoralism can be supported in the future, to benefit livelihoods and the…

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Targeting in Complex Emergencies Darfur Case Study
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By Helen Young, Daniel Maxwell | April 2009

Can community-based approaches to the targeting of humanitarian assistance in complex emergencies improve participation and reduce targeting error? Although the literature suggests that community-based targeting works best in slow-onset emergencies…

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Livelihoods, Migration and Conflict Discussion of Findings from Two Studies in West and North Darfur, 2006 - 2007
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This briefing paper discusses findings from a study conducted in Darfur from 2006-8 that explored the changing role of migration and remittances in the livelihoods of conflict-affected people. We conducted…

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Livelihoods, Power, and Choice The Vulnerability of the Northern Rizaygat, Darfur, Sudan
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Livelihoods in Darfur are intimately linked to the conflict, none more so than the livelihoods of the camel herding nomads known as the Northern Rizaygat. Their notoriety as part of…

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Livelihoods, Power, and Choice The Vulnerability of the Northern Rizaygat, Darfur, Sudan
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Livelihoods in Darfur are intimately linked to the conflict, none more so than the livelihoods of the camel herding nomads known as the Northern Rizaygat. Their notoriety as part of…

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Sharpening the Strategic Focus of Livelihoods Programming in the Darfur Region
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By Helen Young, Abdal Monium Osman | September 2007

It is well known in the Darfur region that peoples’ livelihoods have been devastated as a result of the conflict, both as a result of the direct asset-stripping of conflict…

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Strategies for Economic Recovery and Peace In Darfur Why a wider livelihoods approach is imperative and inclusion of the Abbala (camel herding) Arabs is a priority
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Competing livelihoods in the absence of good local governance has led to localized and ultimately devastating conflict over natural resources in Darfur. The lack of comprehensive livelihoods analysis in international…

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Challenges to Peace and Recovery in Darfur A Situation Analysis of the Ongoing Conflict and its Continuing Impact on Livelihoods
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By Helen Young, Abdal Monium Osman | December 2006

Despite the uncertainties about the future of the Darfur Peace Accord, this paper was developed to inform and strengthen the Darfur Joint Assessment Mission (DJAM) and Early Recovery Plan which…

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Darfur: Livelihoods Under Siege
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It is almost two years since the beginning of the rebel insurgency in Darfur, but the conflict continues, the ceasefire has been frequently violated, and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis…

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Risk and Vulnerability in Ethiopia Learning from the Past, Responding to the Present, Preparing for the Future
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The people of Ethiopia today are managing the risks and vulnerabilities generated by a serious drought, profound vulnerability to disease epidemics (human, crop and livestock), and a combination of local…

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Research

Pastoralism and Pastoralist Livelihoods
By Helen Young | December 2013

The pastoralist project aims to promote understanding of pastoralists’ livelihoods systems among local, national and international stakeholders and to strengthen the capacity of pastoralist leaders, organizations and other advocates to articulate the rational for pastoralism.

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Remittances to Conflict Zones, Phase 2: Sudanese Refugees in Cairo
By Karen Jacobsen, Helen Young | September 2013

Refugees and migrants in transit countries like Egypt are linked into wider diaspora networks that help support them, and in turn enable the migrants to support their families and communities back home.

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Sudan Environment and Livelihoods
By Helen Young | September 2013

The pastoralist project aims to promote understanding of pastoralists’ livelihoods systems among local, national and international stakeholders and to strengthen the capacity of pastoralist leaders, organizations and other advocates to articulate the rational for pastoralism.

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