The Humanitarian Policy Group partnering with the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in Mogadishu, Somalia, has undertaken research into humanitarian engagement with Al-Shabaab during the 2011 famine.What are the difficulties facing aid agencies seeking to operate in Al-Shabaab controlled areas in Somalia? Drawn from over 80 interviews with former Al-Shabaab officials, aid workers and civilians, this research details Al-Shabaab’s tactics of intimidation, demanding payments and regulation of aid agencies during the 2011 Horn of Africa famine.
In order to be prepared to deal effectively with disasters or crises, preparedness measures need to be put in place before a crisis occurs. This ODI report argues that the international community faces a challenge: to continue ‘feeding’ the bifurcated system or to alter and transform it for the better. It recommends the establishment of a new global financing mechanism which can fund activities across the ‘emergency preparedness continuum’.
This policy brief, based on over 80 interviews with aid workers, civilians and former Al-Shabaab officials, attempts to shed light on Al-Shabaab’s attitudes towards and policies governing aid agency access in Somalia.
This report questions the future direction for the Aid for Trade (AfT), recommending that for the initiative to become more effective it must narrow its focus. The report suggests that Aid for Trade should concentrate on helping developing countries trade by building their productive capacity, reducing the cost of trading and increasing trade infrastructure.