Nisar MajidVisiting Fellow
Nisar Majid has been working in the development and humanitarian fields for over fifteen years. This has primarily been in the Horn of Africa where he has a special interest in the Somali regions and peoples.
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.
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Another Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 Famine
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…Read More
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…Read More
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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…Read More