Ongoing drought conditions and a changing climate have culminated in agricultural disaster in the East African nation of Somalia. Millions are facing acute hunger insecurity and many are leaving Somalia for neighboring Kenya, seeking stability and improved conditions. Watch this conversation with Global Minnesota and Alight about the unfolding humanitarian crisis, the global response, and an update on Alight’s work in both Somalia and Kenya. Our keynote speaker, Zeinab Aidid, is a Communications Specialist for Alight’s Horn of Africa programs. After her presentation, Great Decisions speaker and MINN Board Member Emily Miller led a moderated Q&A session.


Zeinab Aidid

Zeinab Aidid is a Somali Canadian humanitarian worker currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has worked with Alight as a Communications Specialist for the past 5 years in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. She’s passionate about storytelling and challenging the often negative perceptions of people in need. Her work serves to shed light on the resilient communities Alight supports. 

Emily Miller (Moderator)

Emily Miller is an experienced international development and humanitarian practitioner. Areas of practice and research include economic recovery, global famine and nutrition interventions, conflict and reconciliation, emergency response, monitoring, evaluation, and learning, and human rights with a focus on supply chain and ethical labor practices.


Presented in partnership with Alight. Thanks to event promotional partner Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN).

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