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Alex Humphrey

Alex is a Research Advisor with Mercy Corps, where he focuses on topics related to resilience in humanitarian crises.

He led Mercy Corps' Currency of Connections research initiative in Uganda and South Sudan, where he lived from 2017-19. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Alex lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Female pastoralist in Somalia Publications and resources

This recent study from SPARC offers insights from a real-time study of people’s lives in Somalia during 2020–2022, looking at how crisis-affected people take their own anticipatory action.
Two young Sudanese boys with livestock in the drylands (c) Mercy Corps Publications and resources

This report looks at volatility in South Sudan's drylands, and discusses the short-term strategies pastoralists use when responding to emerging threats and the longer-term changes to their priorities.
Somali region drought response/ Photo Credit: UNICEF Ethiopia/2022/Mulugeta Ayene (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Publications and resources

This brief is the second in a series highlighting learnings from a longitudinal study on anticipatory action in Somalia.
Young woman harvests vegetables at home, Biu, Nigeria - Photo Credit: Ezra Millstein/Mercy Corps Publications and resources

This paper discusses the effects of compounding shocks and stresses in agropastoral communities in Nigeria. It presents findings on the ways that households are coping and adapting to uncertainty.

Latest news and features

Young Sudanese woman in yellow with livestock in village (c) Mercy Corps Blog

Volatility in South Sudan and the world’s drylands raises questions as to the long-term viability of pastoral livelihoods. A new report from SPARC begins to answer them.
Cattle outside Bentiu town in South Sudan. Blog

Covid-19 and pandemic responses have affected farmers, pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in South Sudan in many different ways. SPARC interviewed some of the people impacted.
A girl stands watch over a herd of goats at Bakara Animal Market in Mogadishu. Blog

How are rural families in Somalia dealing with the impacts of Covid-19? SPARC speaks to farmers, agropastoralists, pastoralists and traders.

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