Conflict and covid-19 in Somalia and Ethiopia

Date/Time: 17/12/2020  10:00 - 11:10

Who are the most at need when conflict and pandemic strike simultaneously?

This event is virtual, and will be streamed on Facebook Live. To join the event, follow this link.

The ongoing conflict in Somalia and the escalation of conflict in Ethiopia severely challenges national and local capacities to respond to humanitarian needs. In addition, both Somalia and Ethiopia have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has greatly increased food insecurity and has detrimentally affected already limited health services.

This seminar aims to offer a better understanding of both contexts and discuss possible solutions. How can we expect the situation to unfold over the near future? What are national capacities and intentions to respond to multiple crises? How can humanitarian actors cooperate with authorities and other stakeholders? To what extent are humanitarian actors needed? These are some of the questions that will be explored.


10:00-10:05 Welcome
10:05-10:20 Stig Jarle Hansen, Professor at NMBU
10:20-10:40 Kjetil Tronvoll, Professor at Bjorknes University College, and Managing Director of Oslo Analytica
10:40-10:45 Ramon Olaf Broers, Senior adviser at NorCross
10:45-11:05 Panel discussion
11:05-11:10 Closing remarks
Moderator: Kathrine Holden, Head of the Humanitarian Needs and Analysis unit, NorCross


This seminar is organized by the Norwegian Red Cross in cooperation with NCHS.

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