Nisar Majid

Nisar MajidVisiting Fellow

Nisar Majid’s initial working experience was in food security and livelihoods analysis and training, frequently within the early warning/information systems of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. He has also participated in a number of technical and organizational reviews and evaluations. In 2013 he completed his PhD, which explored the agency of Somali ‘diaspora’ members, through the various organizations and technologies – NGOs, informal networks, a mosque and community center, a website and mobile telephony – they utilize in order to pursue their developmental and political goals, in the UK and in the Somali territories. Nisar is currently working closely with the FIC on an 18-month study investigating the lessons learned from the recent ‘crisis’ in the Horn of Africa.

Feinstein Publications

Narratives of Famine Somalia 2011

This paper is important reading for anyone working in or on Somalia because it presents the famine of 2011 from the perspective of those who lived through it in their…

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Facing Famine Somali Experiences in the Famine of 2011

In 2011–12, Somalia experienced the worst famine of the twenty-first century. Since then, research on the famine has focused almost exclusively on the external response, the reasons for the delay…

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The Somalia Famine of 2011-2012

The Somalia famine of 2011 was the first instance of actual famine in nearly a decade, and to date the worst famine of the 21st Century. In retrospect the disaster…

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Another Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 Famine
By Daniel Maxwell, Nisar Majid | August 2014

After two reasonably good years of recovery, 2014 appears to be shaping up as a difficult year for Somalia. Donors and agencies are ringing alarm bells about deteriorating conditions. There…

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Lessons Learned from the Somalia Famine and the Greater Horn of Africa Crisis 2011-2012 Desk Review of Literature

On July 20, 2011, the UN declared a famine in South Central Somalia, which killed some 260,000 people (Checchi and Robinson 2013). Though Somalia was the worst affected country, the…

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News Items

Daniel Maxwell and colleagues discuss famine, conflict, and political indifference in the BMJ
May 10, 2017

Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid joined Andrew Seal, Peter Hailey, and Rob Bailey to publish an editorial in the BMJ on May 10, 2017. The editorial, “Famine, conflict, and political…

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News sources cite Dan Maxwell famine research in light of current and potential famine declarations
March 20, 2017

In light of the famine declaration in South Sudan and potential famine declarations in Somalia, Yemen, and Northern Nigeria, several news sources have cited Feinstein research. In IRIN’s March 30,…

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Dan Maxwell and colleagues publish on the Somalia Famine in Food Policy
November 20, 2016

Dan Maxwell, Nisar Majid, Guhad Adan, Khalif Abdirahman, and Janet Kim published their article “Facing famine: Somali experiences in the famine of 2011” in Food Policy journal December 2016 issue….

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Book on Somalia Famine receives high praise from LSE
September 28, 2016

On September 23, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) published a review of Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011 – 12. The book, edited by Feinstein’s acting…

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Dan Maxwell discusses his recent book about the Somalia Famine
April 27, 2016

Dan Maxwell recently discussed his book, Somalia Famine: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures 2011-2012, on several occasions.  In his remarks at Tufts, he noted that “while Somalia may be considered old…

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