Peace-Building Without External Assistance: Lessons from Somaliland

37 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2010 Last revised: 15 Feb 2012

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Nicholas Eubank

Vanderbilt Center for Study of Democratic Institutions

Date Written: January 11, 2010

Abstract

Since its secession from Somalia in 1991, the east-African nation of Somaliland has become one of the most democratic governments in eastern Africa. Yet Somaliland has never been recognized by the international community. This paper examines how this lack of recognition - and the consequent ineligibility for foreign financial assistance - has shaped Somaliland’s political development. It finds evidence that Somaliland’s ineligibility for foreign aid facilitated the development of accountable political institutions and contributed to the willingness of Somalilanders to engage constructively in the state-building process.

Keywords: Somaliland, Post-Conflict, Peace-Building, Foreign Aid

Suggested Citation

Eubank, Nicholas, Peace-Building Without External Assistance: Lessons from Somaliland (January 11, 2010). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 198. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1542719 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1542719

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