Margie Buchanan-Smith

Margie Buchanan-SmithVisiting Fellow

Margie’s current focus is Sudan, especially Darfur, where she first worked in the late 1980s. During the current conflict in Darfur she has worked as part of the Feinstein International Center’s team, leading a study on the impact of the conflict on trade and markets in 2008. She has also advised and supported NGOs and UN agencies in Darfur in their livelihoods and environmental programming. Margie was formerly a Research Fellow and Coordinator for the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University, and worked for 3 years as head of the Emergencies Unit at ActionAid. Margie now combines humanitarian consultancy and research work with training, facilitation and coaching of aid workers.

Feinstein Research Projects

Markets and Trade in Darfur

Feinstein provides advisory support to a community-based market monitoring network in the Darfur Region. This project seeks to deepen analysis and understanding of the shifting patterns of trade and markets in Darfur on an ongoing basis for key agricultural and livestock commodities; identify how livelihoods and the economy can be supported through trade; and identify peace-building opportunities through trade.

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Pastoralism and Pastoralist Livelihoods in Sudan

This 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 rationale for pastoralism.

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