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LIDC Workshop on Development issues in Somalia and the Horn of Africa

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 12:30 to 17:30

Researchers from five Bloomsbury Colleges gathered at LIDC to discuss development issues in Somalia and Somaliland across academic disciplines.

Richard Dowden from Royal African Society set the scene by  providing a historical perspective on Somalia and personal reflections on its future. 

Prof. Patrick McAuslan from Birkbeck College described his professional involvement in Somaliland on a UN Habitat project in 2003, and subsequently on a UNDP city law development project in Mogadishu in 2007.   
 
Dr. Jonathan Rushton from the Royal Veterinary College talked about issues surrounding livestock trade and animal certification from Somalia to the Middle East.

Prof. Roy Carr-Hill from the Institute of Education presented results of his large-scale household survey of pastoralists in six regions of Somalia, providing latest data on various aspects of pastoralist live: income, education levels, access to healthcare and sanitation, etc.

Dr. Laura Hammond (SOAS), Dr. David Moore and Halima Mohamed from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine described their work on a project transitioning from an emergency response to a high-quality TB laboratory network in post-conflict Somaliland.

Prof. Richard Kock from the Royal Veterinary College talked about how better natural resource management can help develop Somali economy from livestock-based into more diversified areas.

The discussion that followed highlighted common issues that researchers from various disciplines encounter in Somalia, such as personal safety and access to data, and underlined the need for researchers to better communicate their findings to policy-makers.

Powerpoint presentations are available to LIDC members on LIDC Moodle.
Download the workshop report
 

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