Posts tagged ‘Somalia’
Learning from the 2011 Famine in Somalia
Date: Thursday, 13 November 2014
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room
Location: Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 6-8 pm
In 2011, people in Somalia suffered a catastrophic famine. Since 2012, a group from the Feinstein Center at Tufts University and the Rift Valley Institute has been conducting retrospective research on the famine in Somalia, and in the Horn of Africa region more broadly, with the aim of providing empirical evidence to help prevent or mitigate such crises in the future. The research has examined the causes of the famine, how different groups in Somalia experienced it, and international responses to the crisis.
A report examining the lessons arising from this international response to the famine in 2011 was published in August. It is available here.
In this public meeting, hosted by the RVI’s Nairobi Forum, Dan Maxwell and Nisar Majid will present the key research findings and discuss the policy implications.
Entrance is by prior registration only.
Book Reading & Discussion: War Crimes in Somalia, Aug. 21 2014 @ Amnesty International Regional Office
Date: Thursday August 21 2014
Venue: Amnesty International Regional Office
Location: Kanjata Road/Muthangari Drive off Waiyaki Way – Google Map
Entry: Prior online Registration – Register here.
Amnesty International, in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute’s Nairobi Forum, invite you to a book reading and discussion panel on Rasna Warah’s new book War Crimes: How warlords, politicians, foreign governments and aid agencies conspired to create a failed state in Somalia.
In War Crimes, Kenyan journalist Rasna Warah writes about the many war crimes that have taken place in Somalia in the name of peace, development, religion and reconciliation. It is an examination of the destruction of Somalia looking at the involvement of the state and the international community.
Rasna Warah will be joined on the panel by acclaimed Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, winner of the Neustadt International Prize for literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and Ali Hersi, Regional Director of the Society for International Development. This discussion, an inaugural event of the Amnesty International Regional Hub Speaker Series, will be moderated by L. Muthoni Wanyeki, Regional Director of Amnesty International.
Moderator: L. Muthoni Wanyeki – Regional Director Amnesty International
Panellists: Rasna Warah – Kenyan writer and photojournalist, Nuruddin Farah – Writer, Ali Hersi – Regional Director Society for International Development
2nd Nairobi Cultural Festival: Different Colours One People – Visit Emb. Of Mexico Stand, May 10 2014 @ National Museum
This will be the Second Nairobi Cultural Festival in which the following countries alongside Mexico will showcase their cultural expressions and sell typical food and drinks: Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Botswana, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.
There will also be a Children’s Corner, where for a small fee kids can have tattoos and face painting done, do their own paintings and play under supervision.
Date: Saturday May 10, 2014
Venue: National Museum Grounds
The event starts at 10 am and goes up to 5 pm.
Entrance is free.
Day of Cultural Expression is organised by the Research Institute of Swahili Studies of Eastern Africa (RISSEA) that is part of the National Museums of Kenya.
Somalia CEWERU Conflict Assessment
Date: Thursday 7 November 2013
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Kileleshwa
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here.
Panellists: Osman Moallim – Somalia CEWERU Country Coordinator, Ali Ahmed – Consultant, Paul Simkin – Conflict Dynamics International
The Somalia Conflict Early Response Unit is pleased to announce the launch of their conflict assessment of Gedo, Middle Juba, Lower Juba, and Lower Shabelle: From the Bottom up: Southern Regions – Perspectives through conflict analysis and key political actor’s mapping of Gedo, Middle Juba, Lower Juba, and Lower Shabelle.
The purpose of this conflict assessment was to improve understanding of the conflicts in southern Somalia, and to contribute to stabilization and better reconstruction, local governance and development assistance. The report identifies key conflict hot spots and issues and the views of key political actors. As regions in southern Somalia emerge from al Shabaab control old grievances and tensions may re-emerge. The report examines historical, current and potential future conflict. The report therefore provides vital information for any person or institution wishing to promote peace in these regions.
The meeting will also hear a short presentation on options for political accommodation within Somalia presented by Conflict Dynamics international.
Date: Friday 25 October 2013
Venue: The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Safari Lounge – Ground Floor
Time: 9:30 am – 12pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here
Chair: Jan-Petter Holtendahl, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Nairobi
Panellists: Ambassador Mahboub Maalim – Executive Secretary, IGAD, Ambassador Mohamed Ali – Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) aims to promote peace, security, prosperity and economic integration in Eastern Africa. Since 2004, it has been active in supporting the re-establishment of a sovereign government in Somalia.
On 25 October 2013, the RVI Nairobi Forum is convening a distinguished panel of speakers to reflect on IGAD’s past and future role in Somalia. Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, the Executive Secretary of IGAD, will be the keynote speaker. He will be joined on the panel by Ambassador Mohamed Ali, Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya. The meeting will be chaired by Jan-Petter Holtendahl, Counsellor for Somali Affairs for the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi.
Date: Wednesday 11 September 2013
Venue: KICC – Aberdares Room
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entry: STRICTLY Prior Registration
Every year, Somali migrants around the world send approximately $1.3 billion to friends and families at home, dwarfing humanitarian aid to Somalia. Individual transfers are usually less than $300, and often as little as $35. Families depend on the money for basic costs such as food, water, education and healthcare, and to cope with new crises.
A recent report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation shows that up to 40 percent of families receive some form of remittance, and that the money is integral to their survival. However, banks and regulators are in danger of inadvertently undermining this financial lifeline and driving it underground, as interpretation of UK and USA money laundering and counter terrorism legislation becomes tighter. Banks in the West are closing down the accounts of money transfer operators, thereby threatening to cut the lifeline to hundreds of thousands of Somali families.
This meeting will examine the impact of the decision by UK and US Banks to discontinue their services to the Somali remittance companies and explore challenges raised by the international remittance sector.