In their recent article article Governing Mobility through Humanitarianism in Somalia: Compromising Protection for the Sake of Return published at Development and Change, PRIO Research Director Cindy Horst and Anab Ibrahim Nur aim to contribute to an increased understanding of the importance of migration in humanitarian and ‘post-humanitarian’ contexts. The output explores the interlinkages between protection and displacement and argues that the strategies by which conflict-displaced populations protect themselves are largely based on mobility. Yet, it is observed that humanitarian approaches to displaced populations do not take sufficient account of the mobility needs of those they assist. Furthermore, the actual location at which aid is provided is affected by funding realities and donor priorities. The article discusses the case of protracted displacement realities of Somali refugees and internally displaced people in Kenya, Somaliland and south-central Somalia.
Note: The article is an output of the research project Protection of Civilians: From Principle to Practice, placed under the umbrella of NCHS and funded by the Research Council of Norway, from 2012 to 2016. The pre-publication file can be found here and the actual publication follows within a month.