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War and Peace in SomaliaNational Grievances, Local Conflict and Al-Shabaab$
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Michael Keating and Matt Waldman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190947910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190947910.001.0001

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Business-Led Peacebuilding in Somalia

Business-Led Peacebuilding in Somalia

Business-Led Peacebuilding in Somalia
War and Peace in Somalia

Bahar Ali Kazmi

Faisa Abdi Loyaan

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses the potential of Somali businesses to engage in the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia. It is widely acknowledged that businesses in Somalia do not always act in a way that supports peace and reconciliation. Some politico-business networks prioritize their own interests rather than those of the state or the population. Businesses use militias and pay protection money to Al-Shabaab. However, businesses are forced to operate in very difficult circumstances, with pervasive insecurity, weak institutions, and limited rule of law. Many business leaders also see themselves as apolitical and socially responsible. The chapter describes how businesses contribute to employment, seek to expand skills and education, and are sometimes involved in providing social assistance. It argues that there is considerable potential for businesses to contribute to peace and reconciliation, as well as development, through greater cooperation with Somalia civil society.

Keywords:   Somalia, Somali businesses, national reconciliation, peace-building, social responsibility

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