Cash and Compassion: The Role of the Somali Diaspora in Relief, Development and Peace-building
Dr Laura Hammond, Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Dr Ali Ibrahim Dagane, Food Security and Livelihoods Specialist
Chair: Mark Hendrick MP, Preston and Member of All-Party Parliamentary Group for Somaliland and Somalia
This event will look at the findings of a new report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme’s Somalia office, which looks at one of the few success stories related to Somalia today: how effective the Somali diaspora is in supporting relief and development activities in their country of origin.
The report examines the motivations for support, the factors that influence it, the means and mechanisms by which it is mobilized and transferred to Somalia, and the ways in which local Somali actors put the support they receive to use. The report is based on original research conducted in Somaliland, Puntland and South/Central Somalia, as well as in international cities with a high concentration of Somali diaspora members.