Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
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Professor Ibrahim Ali Amber ‘Oker’ describes how many different local governance systems have emerged in south central Somalia during the long period that Somalis have been without a viable national government. These little-known arrangements have been organised at the local level and have fostered degrees of stability and peaceful co-existence between different communities.

Local peace processes have proven effective in managing security in many parts of south central Somalia. But experience shows that hard-won local peace accords reached through traditional conflict resolution mechanisms are vulnerable to being undermined by armed factions, business leaders and other powerful stakeholders.

Professor Ibrahim Ali Amber ‘Oker’