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26 Mar 2018 description
report The Guardian

From Britain to Canada, people who have spent decades away are bringing their skills to rebuild their country

25 Jan 2016 description
report The Guardian

As battle against al-Shabaab militants in Somalia continues, outgoing UN representative warns world against assuming it is ‘job done’ in the country

Despite sporadic, sometimes intense militant attacks, Somalia has been making steady political progress ahead of a planned presidential vote this year, but these tenuous gains will not be consolidated unless the focus switches to debt relief and kickstarting the economy, says the former head of the UN mission.

05 Nov 2013 description
report The Guardian

Western officials praise 'focused' consultations, which listed protection of civilians among the fragile state's priorities

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30 Sep 2013 description
report The Guardian

Donors prepared to risk working side by side with the Somali government in Mogadishu will win favour – and contracts.

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03 May 2013 description
report The Guardian

Somali president expected to present plans for rebuilding military, police and justice systems, as civil society calls on nascent government to empower women and provide jobs.

On Tuesday next week, the UK hosts yet another big conference on Somalia, bringing together officials from 50 countries and organisations, including the UN, African Union and International Monetary Fund.

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29 Apr 2013 description
report The Guardian

Somalia's new government is beginning to build confidence in its ability to progress the country's recovery. The UK opened its new embassy – a collection of shipping containers painted white – in Mogadishu last week, and other European countries are following suit. Somalia's progress raises an immediate question: is it now time for hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people living in the region to return?

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22 Apr 2013 description
report The Guardian

Somalia will present a challenging case but Mogadishu has enthusiastically embraced the state-building framework

Somalia is emerging as a litmus test for the new deal for fragile states as officials gather in Washington on Friday to discuss how the approach can be incorporated into the development agenda when the millennium development goals expire in 2015.

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11 Jan 2013 description
report The Guardian

As construction replaces chaos, the east African country's business people and returning diaspora are rebuilding the nation

The sound of bullets that was once so common in the Somali capital of Mogadishu has been replaced by the noise of construction. New buildings and business are emerging from the carnage and lawlessness that pervaded the east African country for more than two decades.

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25 May 2012 description
report The Guardian

The success of a pilot project offering people cash transfers in Puntland and Somaliland suggests that social protection could be key to Somalia's recovery

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23 May 2012 description
report The Guardian

Somalia's business community can support aid efforts – but humanitarian agencies must better understand how

Despite – or perhaps because of – more than 20 years of war, Somalia has a remarkably strong private sector, particularly in the money transfer, telecommunications and livestock spheres. Yet, as the 2010 Inter-Agency Standing Committee evaluation of the humanitarian response in Somalia points out, aid agencies have failed to engage systematically the Somali private sector and disapora in their work.

22 Feb 2012 description
report The Guardian

As the world wonders how to put Somalia on an even keel, there are warnings that outside interference could make things worse

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21 Feb 2012 description
report The Guardian

Remittances of up to $2bn a year from Somalis living abroad would suggest the diaspora is crucial to the country's survival

Read the full post by Laura Hammond in the Guardian's Poverty Matter Blog.

09 Sep 2011 description
report The Guardian

Stephen P Groff is the deputy director for development cooperation at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris

As the Islamist militants pull out of Mogadishu, the international community needs to rethink its support in Somalia – shifting from damage control towards longer-term stability and recovery

Last month, al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab militants withdrew from Mogadishu. While al-Shabaab claims the retreat was merely tactical, many hope that it represents a critical setback for an insurgency that has held the country hostage for four years.