Peace-Building Without External Assistance: Lessons from Somaliland
37 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2010 Last revised: 15 Feb 2012
Date Written: January 11, 2010
Since its secession from Somalia in 1991, the east-African nation of Somaliland has become one of the most democratic governments in eastern Africa. Yet Somaliland has never been recognized by the international community. This paper examines how this lack of recognition - and the consequent ineligibility for foreign financial assistance - has shaped Somaliland’s political development. It finds evidence that Somaliland’s ineligibility for foreign aid facilitated the development of accountable political institutions and contributed to the willingness of Somalilanders to engage constructively in the state-building process.
Keywords: Somaliland, Post-Conflict, Peace-Building, Foreign Aid
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