Tid: 07/06/2023 16:30 til 07/06/2023 18:00

Sted: The Auditorium, Danish Institute for International Studies, Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen

Arrangør: Nauja Kleist, Danish Institute for International Studies

Somali diaspora humanitarianism in complex crises

When disaster strike, diaspora groups are often first responders and remain engaged during lengthy and complex emergencies. Join this seminar at DIIS where we discuss practices, possibilities and pitfalls.

What does it mean for Somalis in rainy Copenhagen when their families in Somalia are affected by drought? Or if flooding destroys their houses and livelihoods when the rains finally appear? How do Somali women groups in Kenya and Zambia reach out to assist households urgently in need of humanitarian assistance? What about diaspora actors whose involvement goes hand in hand with political ambitions or if religious authorities are taking the lead? Who is supported and who are left out?

At this semianr, we discuss these questions based on our findings in the Diaspora Humanitarianism in Complex Crises (D-Hum) research project. Focusing on transnational ties between different Somali localities – from Mogadishu to Lasanod – and central diaspora hubs in Kenya, Zambia and Western countries, we examine the intricacies and practices of emergency assistance, whether acute or long-term, and reflect on the lessons learnt and policy implications for supporting or collaborating with diaspora actors.

The seminar is followed by a reception. Participation is free but registration is required.