Video Abstract: Somalia Famine: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures 2011-2012

Dan Maxwell discusses the findings the book he co-authored with Nisar Majid. The book analyzes the famine, the humanitarian, and the community responses. Watch the video to learn more about the trade-offs between competing policy priorities that led to the famine, the collective failure in response, and how those affected by it attempted to protect themselves and their livelihoods.
Somalia Famine Video
The book is available for purchase at the following: Oxford University Press, Amazon, and Hurst Publishers

Video: Healthcare, Water, and Education in Building State Legitimacy

This video from the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium describes findings that challenge conventional wisdom regarding basic service delivery and perceptions of government legitimacy by citizen’s living in fragile and conflict affected countries.



Video Abstract: Cash Transfer Programming for Syrian Refugees

This report provides lessons for the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), other humanitarian organizations, and funders striving to optimize cash transfer programs (CTP) in humanitarian contexts. Through an examination of the DRC’s experience, this report provides insight into three key components of CTPs:

• Developing and executing an effective profiling questionnaire and assessment
• Creating a flexible vulnerability scoring index to target the right beneficiaries
• Addressing protection and gender-related concerns within the program



Pastoralism: Reassessing the Science, Evidence, and Policy in Sudan

In 2013 we partnered with SOS Sahel, UNEP, and the International Institute for Environment and Development adapt a training course on pastoralism and pastoralism policy operations to the Sudan context. This video tells the story of the first workshops.
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Another humanitarian crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 famine

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Daniel Maxwell – Professor and Research Director, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Nisar Majid – Visiting Fellow, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Laura Hammond – Reader and Head of the Department of Development Studies, SOAS
Khalif A Abdirahman – Senior Researcher (via video-conference in Nairobi)
Guhad Aden – Senior Researcher (via video-conference in Nairobi)
Chair: Wendy Fenton – Coordinator, Humanitarian Practice Network
In July 2014, humanitarian agencies and the government of Somalia raised the alarm of a new severe drought in Somalia, three years after the deadly famine that killed more than 250,000 people.
This event launched a new report by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid that examines the international response to the famine in 2011 and lessons learnt on how to prevent and mitigate a similar crisis.

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Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS): launch of the 2nd edition handbook

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Andy Catley – Feinstein International Center, Tufts University, and Chair of LEGS Steering Group
Emma Jowett – Training Specialist, and member of the LEGS Training Team
Tim Waites – Senior Disaster, Resilience and Livelihoods Advisor, UK Department for International Development
Philippe Ankers – FAO Rome, and member of LEGS Steering Group
Chair: Wendy Fenton – Coordinator, Humanitarian Practice Network

This event marks the publication of the second edition of LEGS and provides an opportunity to learn more about the LEGS approach and to discuss wider issues surrounding livelihoods-based support to livestock keepers in emergencies.

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