Another humanitarian crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 famine

January 2015

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. Learn more about the event at ODI


  • 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

Food Security and Resilience in Somalia

This project is a major retrospective study of the 2010-2011 Somalia famine. It considers the reasons for the delayed international response, the engagement of non-western humanitarian actors, and the agency and actions of affected communities and groups in protecting their own livelihoods and lives. The project also develops interventions to build resilience in the famine-affected areas.

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