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Sunday, 30th October 2011

Somalia: State-Building as if People Mattered

Source: Enough Project


The scale of the famine in Somalia demands a reordering of priorities in the country. The international community must temporarily redirect the pressure it is placing on Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government, or TFG, insisting that it focus first and foremost on ensuring unimpeded access to famine victims in its areas of control. The international com- munity must use humanitarian access in Mogadishu, not progress in advancing the political transition, as the key yardstick to judge the TFG’s performance. Essential tasks in the political transition can still be advanced during the humanitarian crisis but should not be accorded top priority while a famine is raging.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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