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Are Remittances the Silver Bullet to Tackle Vulnerability in Somalia?

The importance of remittances to the household economy across Somalia is well-recognized. What is less well understood is the relationship between remittances and the relative vulnerability of certain communities, particularly to drought and food insecurity.

This event—part of the Rift Valley Institute’s work on ‘Remittances and Vulnerability in Somalia’, in partnership with the World Bank—explored the key features and the marked variations of the remittance landscape in Somalia. It also analysed how remittances are used by families to improve food security, particularly through access to credit, and the cross-continental networks of trust that enable these transfers.



Nisar Majid
Consultant researcher, RVI

Abdirashid Duale
CEO Dahabshiil

Dr Idil Osman
Department of Development Studies, SOAS



Quman Akli
Asal Consulting

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