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Wasafiri runs a Regional Countering Violent Extremism Research Unit (RRU) in East Africa. We are in search of a brilliant and professional Research Director who will be the guardian of the RRU’s research methodology and research processes, delivering high-quality, robust research products. The RRU Research Director will lead on all ...

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After a decade of hard work, the foundations are in place for substantive progress within African food systems. New tangible partnerships are emerging that combine focussed intent, long-term commitment and significant ambition. For anyone asking when African agriculture will deliver its long-touted potential, these partnerships offer ...

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Complexity: a 21st Century challenge Today, in an uncertain, volatile and highly interconnected world, leaders are held responsible for achieving progress amidst an array of complex problems that can feel intractable and beyond their control. Since forming in 2010, Wasafiri’s work has targeted such complex problems with both ...

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Through 2017 and 2018, Wasafiri will be extending our work from Africa and into the UK and the USA – here’s why: When we set up Wasafiri, over 5 years ago now, it was because we saw a problem that we wanted to change. Between us we had been working on a variety of development […]

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There is no doubt that complex problems disproportionately affect the less powerful: hunger, drought, floods, and conflict all punish the poor and marginalised first. It is understandable that the less powerful feel angry at the more powerful. They may despair or rage against the injustice. “Why me?” The powerful may be the ...

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In this blog we look at complexity – not in theory, not in books, but in messy, live, reality. Hamish Wilson interviewed Jarso Guyo Mokku, a pastoralist leader from Northern Kenya, about his perspectives on the changing dynamics of peace and conflict in the region and the increasing complexity he finds himself living in. ...

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As we try and learn how to make change happen in complex systems we are seeking out the stories, experiences and advice of other pioneers (and there are lots of them). So over the next month or so we thought we would share some of our conversations with others in the form of short, personal […]

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I live in Brighton, a wealthy, vibrant, liberal city; and yet I have dear friends who sometimes end the month without enough money to buy food. They have no assets to draw upon and, despite earning salaries around the national average, there seems little hope of this changing. Meanwhile, each year, I manage to get […]

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Here in the UK we are living in complex times. Last month we voted to leave the EU; it turns out if being in the EU was complicated, leaving is the definition of complexity. In the hours following the vote there was profound shock, particularly amongst those of us that voted remain. Certainly I had never […]

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If there is one thing I’ve learned recently, it’s that violent extremism is a complex problem. Here in the Horn of Africa, a vast number of potential causal factors exist to incite someone to violence and the connections between them are often hard to see. And yet, despite the complexities, we (the international community) ...

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