Savannah Simons


Savannah Simons read Social Policy and Politics at the University of Bristol where she supported the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Transforming Insecurities project led out of the Global Insecurities Centre in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. During her time assisting in the research of nonviolent grassroots networks and their role in transforming insecurity, Savannah took a particular interest in the case of Somalia and the effect of its unarmed neighborhood watch in preventing suicide bomb attacks. She is on the Senior Management Team of Somali First, a University of Bristol and Transparency Solutions (TS) joint initiative promoting Somali led development. Savannah is the Head of Projects at TS and is now based at the company’s headquarters in Hargeisa.


DL 5.1
Report on EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa and Western Balkans

Authors: Peen Rodt, A., J. Tvilling, P.H. Zartsdahl, M. Ignatijevic, S. Stojanovic Gajic, S. Simons, K. Abdi, E. Gillette, N. Habbida, J. Berglund and V. Fernandez Arguedas
Lead Institution: Royal Danish Defence College

Published: 30 October 2017

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DL 6.1: Evaluating international efforts on local capacity building

Authors: Juncos, A.E., G. Algar-Faria, T. Edmunds, K. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons
Lead Institution: University of Bristol

Published: 25 May 2017

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Policy Briefings

Title: “Improving the EU’s local capacity building efforts in post-conflict environments

Authors: Juncos, A.E., G. Algar-Faria, T. Edmunds, K. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons
Publisher: EU-CIVCAP
Type: Policy Briefing
Reference: 2017/01

[PDF, ~0.3MB; click to access]


Work Packages


EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Western Balkans and Horn of Africa


Local capacity-building strategies

Institutional Affiliation

Transparency Solutions

TS has extensive experience advising national and international governments on issues relating to conflict, security and local capacity-building, with a focus on the Horn of Africa. TS is thus well placed to contribute with expertise to Work Packages 5 and 6 on conflict prevention and peacebuilding and capacity-building policies on the Horn of Africa.