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Community perspectives on federalism, governance and reconciliation in Somalia
In 2012 Somalia began a process of federalisation as a mechanism for statebuilding and ultimately stabilisation. Previous political processes have elicited limited success and have frequently been critiqued as elite-driven and divorced from popular needs.
This research and its associated recommendations are an attempt to re-focus attention onto Somali citizens and elevate their governance and reconciliation needs within the current political and statebuilding processes.
The research is accompanied by a video featuring Somalis discussing findings and recommendations for Jubaland.
Injustice: a driver of violent extremism?
As part of our justice and peace blog series, Leanne McKay looks at the links between injustice and violent extremism, arguing that more security-focused responses will not lead to the kind of successes required for peaceful and just societies.
She outlines some of the opportunities and challenges posed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s recent Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, arguing that if the current trend for countering violent extremism work displaces broader peace and justice initiatives already underway, then it is unlikely to achieve its aims.