[kehitysmaaliike-l] Invitation: Seminar 18.4, Drought, humanitarian cricis and conflict in Somalia

Marja Tiilikainen marja.tiilikainen at helsinki.fi
Pe Maalis 9 15:29:55 EET 2012


 

DROUGHT, HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND CONFLICT IN SOMALIA 

Time:  Wednesday April 18, 2012 at 12.30-17.00 

Venue:  Arppeanum, Auditorium, Snellmaninkatu 3, University of Helsinki  

Organizers:  Finnish Somalia Network and the Governance of Transnational Islam Project, University of Helsinki 

Registration:  By April 10, 2012 at https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/34184/lomake.html 

Information:  marja.tiilikainen at helsinki.fi / 040-7474474 

PROGRAMME 

12.30-13.00 REGISTRATION 

Chair: Dr. Marja Tiilikainen 

13.00-13.20 OPENING 

/  Professor Tuula Sakaranaho, University of Helsinki/ 

/ Mrs. Saido Mohamed, Finnish Somalia Network/ 

 Director, Ulla-Maija Finskas, Unit for Humanitarian Assistance, Ministry for  

/  Foreign Affairs / 

13.20-14.05 LOWER SHABELLE REGION – FROM BREADBASKET TO FAMINE 

/ Abdi-Rashid Haji Nur, Country Director, Concern Worldwide (Nairobi)/ 

14.05-14.20 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 

14.20-14.50 COFFEE 

Chair: Dr. Mulki Al-Sharmani 

14.50-15.35 FAMINE RESPONSE AND THE POLITICS OF COUNTER-TERRORISM AND ISLAMIC MOBILIZATIONS IN SOMALIA 

/ Ken Menkhaus, Professor, Davidson College (NC, USA)/ 

15.35-15.50 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 

15.50-16.20 COMMENTARY: ISLAMIC NGOS, HUMANITARIAN AID AND DEVELOPMENT 

/ Abdalla Duh, PhD Candidate, University of Helsinki/ 

16.20-17.00 DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 

MR. ABDI-RASHID HAJI NUR has lived and worked in Somalia throughout the civil war. He has been working with Concern Worldwide, a Dublin-based non-governmental humanitarian organisation since May 1992 holding different positions. Currently, Abdi-Rashid is the Country Director of Concern Worldwide responsible for the management of Concern’s operations in Somalia/Somaliland which includes a multi-sectoral development programme covering areas such as education, livelihood security, water and sanitation, health and large scale life-saving humanitarian interventions.  

DR. KEN MENKHAUS is professor of Political Science at Davidson College, where he has taught since 1991. He received his Ph.D. in International Studies in 1989 from the University of South Carolina. His subsequent specialization on the Horn of Africa has focused primarily on development, conflict analysis, humanitarian response, peace operations, state failure, state-building, diasporas, and political Islam, involving both academic research and policy work. In 1993-94, he served as special political advisor in the UN Operation in Somalia, and in 1994-95 was visiting civilian professor at the US Army Peacekeeping Institute. He regularly serves as a consultant for the UN, US government, non-governmental organizations, and policy research institutes, and has provided expert testimony on five occasions before Congressional subcommittees. Menkhaus is author of over fifty articles, book chapters, and monographs, including /Somalia: State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism/ (2004), “Governance without Government in Somalia” in /International Security/ (2007), and “Stabilisation and Humanitarian Access in a Collapsed State: The Somali Case” in /Disasters/ (2010). In 2011 he co-authored a UN study of the Somali diaspora’s role in relief and development in Somalia entitled /Cash and Compassion/. He has been interviewed on BBC, CNN, FOX, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the Voice of America, and other media on the crisis in Somalia. He is currently a visiting scholar at the US Army Strategic Studies Institute for 2011-12, where is he researching the role of African militaries in African politics. 

PHD CANDIDATE ABDALLA DUH graduated from the faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, where he studied Development Studies, Sociology and earned Master of Social Sciences (M.Soc.Sc). His research interests includetransnational Islamic NGOs’ Development interventions, poverty reduction strategies, development cooperation, Islam and socio-economic development. Abdalla worked as a University lecturer from 2008-2010 at the Department of World Culture, University of Helsinki. For over ten years, he served as a professional teacher working with immigrant children in the city of Espoo, Finland. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. His PhD research project focuses on transnational Islamic NGOs and Development: Conflict or Cooperation? Cases: North Eastern Kenya and Puntland region of Somalia. 

THE SEMINAR IS SUPPORTED BY OFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT AID FROM THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN FINLAND AND BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE.
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