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Aid in Conflict-Affected Borderlands: The Transnational Everyday in the Horn of Africa

"A focus on recent research on local populations' everyday experience of transnational connectedness in the Horn and the implications for the aid and development community."

This is the second part of a series on Aid in Conflict-Affected Borderlands, proposed by the X-Border Local Research Network. Watch the first part The Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh and the third part The Syrian Refuge Crisis in Lebanon. A partnership between The Asia Foundation, the Rift Valley Institute and the Carnegie Middle East Center, the X-Border Local Research Network aims to develop a better global understanding of conflict and fragility in the borderlands of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The program is supported by the UK government.

This session is part of the Fragility Forum 2020 Virtual Series.

About the Presenters

Sahra Ahmed

Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

Sahra (@sahro) is a Somali-Dutch PhD Candidate at the University of Copenhagen/University of Nairobi researching Somali diaspora humanitarianism in complex crises with a focus on the Somalis in Zambia. She has lived and worked in Somalia the past 14 years as a researcher and a Senior Gender Advisor with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Family Affairs, respectively. She is currently working with RVI as a researcher on the cross-border trade project focusing on the khat trade in Puntland.

Freddie Carver

Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

Freddie Carver (@freddiecarver) is a British researcher based for the past five years in Ethiopia. Having worked as a development practitioner for over a decade, his work is focused on trying to rethink the norms of aid from the perspective of local people, particularly in and around South Sudan. His recent work has focused on exploring the long-term impacts of displacement and mobility in the Horn, and in particular the implications of the extensive transnational networks that emanate from the region.

Hannah Stogdon, Moderator

Program Manager, Rift Valley Institute

Hannah Stogdon is a Program Manager at RVI, based in London. She joined RVI in December 2017 and works part time. Ms. Stogdon lived and worked in East Africa for 7 years working for International Crisis Group and Saferworld in Nairobi, and in political affairs for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan, in Khartoum. She has an MA in Contemporary War and Peace Studies from Sussex University.

Target Audience

Practitioners and general public

Questions Submitted

jose luis

- Jul 21, 2021


- Jun 4, 2021


- Jan 13, 2021

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Oct 7, 2020
Aid in conflict


- Jul 23, 2020
Interesting and important.


- Jul 6, 2020
La déconnexion de plusieurs régions aux réalités transnationales agit négativement sur la réceptivité des programmes de développement, et même des aides aux populations qui en ont besoin. De plus les milieux déconnectés sont très endoctrinés par des thèses complotistes. Il faudrait une bonne communication pour mettre en confiance les populations sur les enjeux actuels. Ceci aiderait à réduire la fragilité.
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