n Journal of Somali Studies : Research on Somalia and the Greater Horn of African Countries - Diaspora and development in a fragile state

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2056-5674
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5682


This paper is part of a larger on-going research project that is examining the conflictual, developmental and governance activities of the Somali diaspora. The findings in this paper are based on secondary research and semi-structured interviews carried out with Somalis in the diaspora, concentrating on those who had interactions with home in business, education and healthcare sectors; returned diaspora were interviewed in Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya and the United States. In Somalia, I interviewed civil society activists including women, elders and youth; politicians including parliamentarians, ministers, opposition politicians and rebel groups; business owners; and civil servants. Fieldwork was carried out between 2006-2010 in Somalia (Borama, Bosaaso, Galkayo, Garowe & Hargeisa), Kenya (Nairobi), Djibouti (Djibouti) and the United States (Washington D.C./Virginia, Columbus, & Minneapolis).

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