Daily Archives: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Events: Family ties: remittances and support in Puntland and Somaliland, RSC Seminar, today, 5pm, Oxford

Family ties: remittances and support in Puntland and Somaliland Dr Laura Hammond (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Time: 5pm, 29 May 2013

Location: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development – QEH, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB

This presentation will share the findings of a research project recently completed with the FAO Food Security and Nutrition Assessment Unit in Somalia, in which more than 700 households in urban and rural areas were interviewed to find out about how they use remittance support and how resources are shared between better-off and poorer households. This provided new information on the extent to which rural households are involved in the remittance economy and the vulnerabilities inherent in the system.

http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/family-ties-remittances-and-support-in-puntland-and-somaliland

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Recent podcasts

Constitutionalism, ethnicity and minority rights in Africa: a legal appraisal from the Great Lakes region Dr Jeremie Gilbert (University of East London) http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/constitutionalism-ethnicity-and-minority-rights-in-africa-a-legal-appraisal-from-the-great-lakes-region

Evidence about torture in the UK asylum system Dr Toby Kelly (University of Edinburgh) http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/evidence-about-torture-in-the-uk-asylum-system

Tracks Across Sand: the dispossession of the ‡Khomani San of the southern Kalahari (Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2013) Professor Hugh Brody (University of the Fraser Valley)

http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/elizabeth-colson-lecture-2013

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For any enquiries, get in touch at rsc@qeh.ox.ac.uk

**Apologies for any cross posting**

 

Events: Bedouin Palestine Refugees in the West Bank: An Anthropological Perspective, UNRWA/NRC Public Lecture, St George Landmark Hotel, Jerusalem

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Bedouin Palestine Refugees in the West Bank: An Anthropological Perspective UNRWA/NRC Public Lecture St George Landmark Hotel, Jerusalem Free admission – no reservation required

Professor Dawn Chatty is the guest lecturer for a joint event hosted by UNRWA and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) at the St George Landmark Hotel, Jerusalem, taking place today at 17:30. The lecture, titled ‘Bedouin Palestine refugees in the West Bank: an anthropological perspective’, will examine the challenges faced by the Bedouin residents of Area C.

The majority of the Bedouin in the West Bank today are Palestine refugees, originating from tribal territories in what is now the Negev Desert. The traditionally mobile pastoralist population today faces a range of challenges rendering them at high risk of displacement, some into urban environments being planned for them by the Israeli authorities.

The livestock-dependent Bedouin facing transfer into centralised semi-urban settings today are perhaps the last sector of the Palestine refugee population to experience overnight transformation from a traditional rural society to one based on an urban wage-labour setting.

The lecture coincides with the launch of a United Nations-backed joint UNRWA-Bimkom report released yesterday, which analyses the transfer against their will of 150 Palestine refugee Bedouin families to Al Jabal village, starting in 1997, to expand the Israeli Ma’ale Adummim settlement outside of Jerusalem. In a UN Radio interview, Professor Chatty, who participated in the launch, called the study ‘extraordinarily important’ and ‘timely’ given the health risks, as well as the social and economic degradation facing the Bedouin families.

‘I hope that after today’s launch [.], the report will be read very carefully,’ Professor Chatty said, underscoring her belief that the transfer of the Bedouin families was completely ‘unacceptable.’ ‘Any other attempt to create another settlement similar to that, even if not on a garbage dump, would be a very serious mistake.’

UN News: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45018&Cr=palestin&Cr1=#.UaXYc0Bwp8G

UN Report: http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=1763