Event location: Upmarket conference facility in Nairobi

Runs: From 13th Mar 2017 to 15th Mar 2017

Event time: 08:00 to 17:00

Event contact: info@somaliangoconsortium.org

About the training:

For more than 20 years NGOs and others working in Somalia have operated in extremely fragile and insecure conditions, responding to multiple challenges and persistent high levels of humanitarian need. With the election of the Federal Government and in light of renewed international attention, the Somali operating environment is changing considerably. This course, managed by the Somalia NGO Consortium, provides an introduction to the complexities of working in Somalia. Through a series of lectures and discussions led by a team of renowned international and national experts and activists, this course provides both experienced and new managers with the background and tools to reflect upon their approach to effectively and safely working in Somalia.

Who should attend?

This course is open to mid-level and senior management/ representatives from non-governmental organizations and others working in Somalia and interested in gaining foundational and operational knowledge of the Somalia context or in being challenged into innovative thinking and programming. All applications must be completed online by Tuesday, 28th February 2017.


This is an intensive three day course. In order to gain most of these three days, attendance of all lectures is expected. A final detailed programme, a course reader and other practical details will be provided to participants shortly before commencement of the course. Some areas that will be touched on include:
The Somali People: society, culture and religion
Drivers of conflict, state collapse and civil war
“Post-Transition” Somalia: state building and the politics of federalism
Operational security, strategies and management of risk
Partnership and remote management
Lessons Learnt from the 2011 Famine
Fees:  250 USD (includes conference participation and all meals for the three days). Note that payment is to be made after selection and before the course begins via bank transfer by Wednesday, 8th March 2017. Applicants intending to cancel their application must do so before Friday, 10th March 2017 to avoid incurring financial loss. Cancellations received thereafter will attract a cost equivalent to 25% of the total course fee.
Facilitators: Prof. Ken Menkhaus, Nisar Majid & Peter Hailey
Language: Participants must have good working knowledge of English, as all working sessions will be conducted in English.
Sponsorship (only course fee): The Somalia NGO Consortium is in a position to sponsor two (2) participants from its local NGO membership to take part in this training (only course fee). Please contact us if interested in sending a staff member.
Registration is now open. Kindly complete the online application form, “Introduction to working in Somalia” (copy and paste this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc61Nl0U7MxY529zozFzD6CrqBsKfJlfi75A9kT41hK5Fj2Mg/viewform to access the form) by 28th February 2017. Please note participation is limited and slots will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Also note that applicants will be notified accordingly.
For more enquiries, please contact Somalia NGO Consortium, info@somaliangoconsortium.org or copy and paste this link: http://somaliangoconsortium.org/download/588c21c14b47e on your web browser.

About the Facilitators:

Prof. Ken Menkhaus (PhD) is Professor and Chair of the Political Science department at Davidson College. He received his PhD. in International Studies in 1989 from the University of South Carolina, where he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for dissertation research on southern Somalia. His subsequent work has focused on development, conflict analysis, humanitarian response, peace operations, peacebuilding, state-building, and violent extremism, involving both academic research and policy work. He is author or co-author of over one hundred reports, articles, book chapters, and monographs on the Horn of Africa, including Somalia: State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism (2005), and “State Failure, State-building, and Prospects for a ‘Functional Failed State’ in Somalia” (2014). He recently completed a conflict assessment on Somalia for the UN. From 2008 to 2014 he served as course director of the Rift Valley Institute Horn of Africa course.

Nisar Majid (PhD) has extensive experience working in and on Somali-related issues since the late 1990s. His early work was in food security and livelihoods analysis (including early warning) and latterly he has studied and worked on Somali diaspora and remittance dynamics as well as humanitarian market-based interventions. Recently he has been working on studies looking at access and programme quality in volatile contexts, and corruption in humanitarian aid. He recently co-authored 'Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failure'.

Peter Hailey (MSc) is a qualified nutritionist with 25 years’ experience of managing and coordination food security and nutrition programmes in the field, at Regional Office and Headquarter level for INGOs and the UN. Peter has worked in the East and Southern Africa Region since 2001, with a special focus on Somalia for four years as Chief of Nutrition for UNICEF Somalia, including being responsible for nutrition and cash transfers through the 2011 famine. Currently, as Co-Founder and Director for the Centre for Humanitarian Change, Peter is able to pursue his passion of improving humanitarian interventions through adaptive learning and furthering the resilience agenda. Peter has a special interest in fragile states and especially the Somali region.