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Role of Social Connections in Coping with Crises

A large group of women in brightly colored clothes gather around one woman who stares at the camera.
Ezra Millstein / Mercy Corps 2022
9:00am - 10:30am ET

Communities in Somalia are facing a deepening humanitarian crisis after two years of intense drought, followed by devastating floods in some parts of the country. This unprecedented drought is the latest in multiple, compounding shocks facing Somalia and the Horn of Africa. How are households coping under these conditions? One way is through social connections, which enable households to support one another to survive in a range of ways, from cash and food to information and emotional support.

Join us Wednesday, November 1 at 9:00 AM ET/4:00 PM EAT to hear from the Somalia Resilience Population Measurement Activity (RPM) and Somalia Resilience Program (SomReP) as they share key insights into the role of social connections in households’ resilience to drought and ways the aid community can act upon these findings. Following a peer-to-peer interview, participants will reflect on the findings from Somalia and discuss how they can apply them in their own work to design, implement, and monitor for resilience. 

Learn more about RPM's research on social connections here!

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Speaker Bios

Profile photo of Jaafarsadiq HasanJaafarsadiq Hasan is the Chief of Party for Somalia Resilience Population-level Measurement Activity (RPM) at Mercy Corps based in Mogadishu, Somalia. Jaafarsadiq has over 10 years of experience in resilience programming with diverse programs and models in the Horn Africa Region. As Chief of Party for the Resilience Population-level Measurement Program, he leads the development of a user-centered resilience measurement system in USAID's focal zone. His strategic oversight and implementation leverage on participatory methods to align stakeholder interventions, amplify collective.

Jerome GalagadeJerome Galagade is the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for the Somalia Resilience Program (SomReP). Jerome has over a decade of experience in low-resource and fragile environments, particularly in Southern and Eastern Africa. Jerome has been instrumental in leading collaborations with the government to refine the program's Annual Resilience Measurement (ARM) methodology and conduct seasonal assessment reviews. The ARM and Seasonal Assessment not only enable the consortium to gauge the impact, progress, and effectiveness of its strategies and interventions on targeted groups and communities, but they also provide insights into the most effective resilience approaches and intensity of program reach.