Guest blog: the effects of drought on primary education in eastern Uganda

By Idil Osman|February 23, 2018|Uncategorized|0 comments

Primary schools and educators in eastern Uganda have been deeply affected by regional droughts. Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools, especially those in rural areas, have seen their access to water sources undermined and alarming deterioration in public health. In extreme cases malnutrition and disease, each reinforcing the other, have claimed the lives of schoolchildren and adults (World Bank 2017). In recent years recurrent episodes of extreme aridity and drought across

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REF Research activities 2018: Recent achievements and what to look forward to

By Idil Osman|February 20, 2018|Uncategorized|0 comments

The Research and Evidence Facility has some exciting research activities lined up this year. Thus far, our research has highlighted the complex linkages that shape mobility in the Horn of Africa including factors such as job opportunities, education, political oppression, social media, family relationships, insecurity, government policies, smugglers and traffickers. This underscores what previous studies have urged: interventions cannot address migration as whole and should take into account the complex

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New book on ‘Media, Diaspora and the Somali Conflict’ out now

By Idil Osman|November 10, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

A new book, recently published by the REF’s Communications Expert Idil Osman, explores the mediation of the Somali conflict and its implications for Somali diaspora engagement. It specifically focuses on the hegemonic position that diasporic media occupies within the Somali media landscape and the varying ways they mediate the Somali conflict, which engages the diaspora communities with homeland affairs in different ways. Osman argues that ‘Diaspora communities have emerged in

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Guest post: Rural to urban migration of refugees in Uganda

By Idil Osman|August 29, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

Ronald Kalyango Lecturer, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Note: This blog provides a preliminary snapshot of research being done as part of a project being carried out by the Rift Valley Institute for the REF on migration to urban areas in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Further outputs on the research will be forthcoming shortly. Uganda is currently host to over 1,277,476 refugees and asylum-seekers. Majority of the refugees are from South

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REF consultation meeting in Uganda

By Idil Osman|June 29, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

The Research and Evidence Facility team held a consultation meeting on the 16th of June 2017 with stakeholders in Kampala, Uganda. Participants ranged from those working for NGOs such as the Danish Refugee Council, UNHCR and UNICEF to locally based organisations such as Network for Ugandan Researchers and Research Networks. The team introduced participants to the REF, discussed research plans and invited them for feedback. One of the topics participants

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Interview with UNHCR Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey

By Idil Osman|May 26, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

The recently concluded London-Somalia conference held on 11 May 2017 brought together heads of states and governments from across the Horn and East Africa and other key partners as well as senior figures from international organisations. This was the third such conference, following similar events in 2012 and 2013. The aims of this year’s conference were to agree on coordinated support for a new security architecture, promote more inclusive, stable

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First Expert Advisory Group meeting

By Idil Osman|April 28, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

The REF team held its first advisory panel meeting on Monday 24th of April 2017 in Brussels at the Development Cooperation (DEVCO) Directorate of the European Commission. The panel consists of highly distinguished members ranging from academics and researchers to journalists and former ambassadors, each one bringing a wealth of expertise in the fields of migration, development and conflict in the Horn of Africa. The meeting enabled the REF to

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Guest Blog: Threat of famine brings with it mass displacement in Somalia

By Idil Osman|April 26, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Abdurahman Sharif and Aude Galli   Since November 2016, 3,000 people a day in Somalia are being forced to abandon their homes in search of water and food. It is the highest displacement level since the 2011 famine. Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, is host to the largest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country. In 2015, it was identified as one of the fastest growing

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Drought Conditions in Eastern Africa – An Update

By Idil Osman|February 28, 2017|Uncategorized|2 comments

Drought is a recurrent natural climatic event in Eastern Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia) that occurs in all geographical zones although its characteristics vary significantly from one region to another. It should be noted that aridity (low rainfall) is a persistent condition in some geographic areas, which can experience periods of more extreme aridity, or drought. In different arid and semi-arid parts of the region, droughts recurrently impact and

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Guest Blog: Dadaab closure; view from a former resident

By Idil Osman|February 2, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

Moulid Hujale Freelance Journalist, Former Dadaab camp resident Located just about 100km from Somalia’s border, Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp is home to almost half a million Somali refugees who have been seeking refuge there since the 1991 civil war. For over ten years, I was among those who called Dadaab home after fleeing Somalia as a child. I lived and worked in the camp and made many friends including amongst

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