Famine in the Horn of Africa: The Failure of MDG 1?

While many countries are on track to meet MDG 1: ‘The eradication of extreme poverty and hunger’, the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa highlights the unequal nature of these gains

This lecture explored the factors that led to the humanitarian crisis that threatened to undermine global progress towards achieving the MDGs and the role that parliamentarians can play in addressing such crises.

Held on 19 October 2011 in advance of the November International Parliamentary Conference on MDGs, this lecture served as an introduction to the main themes of the conference by providing a forum for discussion between experts, academics, parliamentarians and parliamentary staff on the MDGs in a practical context.

Speakers included:

  • Chloe Hamborg, Head of Horn of Africa Section, FCO
  • Jane Miller, Head of Millennium Development Goals, Africa Regional Department, DfID
  • Samuel Hauenstein Swan, Senior Policy Advisor, Action Against Hunger
  • Dr Laura Hammond, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Oriental & African Studies

Chair: Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead, Opposition Spokesperson for International Development.

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