Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Publication date: 
2010
Accord issue: 
21
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Somalia has one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world. Anna Lindley observes that while Somali elite in the diaspora exert an influence on Somali politics, the voices of the displaced and other marginalised people in the country and overseas need to be heard.

Attempts to involve displaced people as stakeholders in peacebuilding processes are important and must be welcomed, but such initiatives must come with an awareness of the risks of privileging transnational elite voices at the expense of more marginal people both in the Somali regions and in the diaspora.

Anna Lindley