Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Publication date: 
2010
Accord issue: 
21

Bakaaro market in the heart of Mogadishu is the economic powerhouse of Somalia. It has shown a remarkable capacity for survival and revival during two decades of protracted civil conflict. Bakaaro’s story shows the resilience of the Somali business community and the role it can play in building peace, or in fuelling war.

The private sector has contributed to peacebuilding in Somalia by paying for the disarmament, rehabilitation and employment of thousands of former gunmen. In Mogadishu, many telephone repairmen, petty traders, drivers and company or business guards are former gunmen.