Diasporas, Development and Peacemaking in the Horn of Africa

Medarbetare: Laakso, Liisa | Hautaniemi, Petri
Utgivare: London
År: 2014
Ämnesord: Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia, North East Africa, diaspora, development, Peacebuilding, Refugees
Exiled populations, who increasingly refer to themselves as diaspora communities, hold a strong stake in the fate of their countries of origin. In a world becoming ever more interconnected, they engage in 'long-distance politics' towards, send financial remittances to and support social development in their homelands. Transnational diaspora networks have thus become global forces shaping the relationship between countries, regions and continents. This important intervention, written by scholars working at the cutting edge of diaspora and conflict, challenges the conventional wisdom that diaspora are all too often warmongers, their time abroad causing them to become more militant in their engagement with local affairs. Rather, they can and should be a force for good in bringing peace to their home countries. Featuring in-depth case studies from the Horn of Africa, including Somalia and Ethiopia, this volume presents an essential rethinking of a key issue in African politics and development.

The camel in Somali oral traditions

Upphovspersoner: Xange, Axmed Arten | Abokar, Axmed Cali
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | Mogadishu : Somali Academy of Sciences and Arts; Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 1987
Ämnesord: Somalia, East Africa, Somali language, Camels, Livestock, Anthropology, Social and cultural anthropology, Fiction, Oral tradition, Folk literature, Social anthropology/ethnography, Socialantrolopologi/etnografi
The relationship between the camel and the Somali people has traditionally been reflected in Somalia's oral literary forms: Poems, proverbs, work songs, metaphores and tales of wisdom. The author has gathered countless references to camels from these Somali traditions.

Suugaanta Geela

Upphovsperson: Abokor, Axmed Cali
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 1986
Ämnesord: Somalia, East Africa, Somali language, Camels, Livestock, Anthropology, Social and cultural anthropology, Fiction, Folk literature, Oral tradition, Social anthropology/ethnography, Socialantrolopologi/etnografi
For centuries livestock have formed the backbone of the Somali economy. Camels are especially highly valued by Somali herdsmen. The practical uses of the camel have been eloquently described by Somalis in their extensive oral poetry, handed down through generations from father to son. It forms a complete literacy tradition composed of poems, proverbs, metaphors and tales of wisdom. The collection and preservation of Somali oral literature are important subjects that require urgent attention. This rich literature was transmitted to us orally from generation to generation. The cultural and historical life of the Somali people is reflected in this ancient oral data. The present collection of oral literature on the Somali camel is the result of an extensive research work. Oral literature has been one of the subjects studied by the "Somali camel research project", a bilateral undertaking between Somalia and Sweden (the Somali Academy of Sciences and Arts, SOMAC, and the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries, SAREC).

Eroding local capacity : international humanitarian action in Africa

Medarbetare: Juma, Monica Kathina | Suhrke, Astri
Utgivare: Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 2002
Ämnesord: Humanitarian assistance, Emergency relief, Capacity building, Local planning, Regional cooperation, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, SOCIAL SCIENCES, SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP
Eroding Local Capacity is a critical examination of the interplay between international and local actors operating in the humanitarian arena in Africa. All sides emphasise the need to build local capacity for humanitarian action, yet the results have not been substantial. Even long-term, semi-permanent emergencies have generated little local capacity to assist and protect the victims of violence, displacement and related deprivations. In some cases, whatever local capacity did exist has been overwhelmed by the international aid presence. Why is this so? What is the case for a more even division of labour between North and South in this area, and why is it so difficult to bring about? The book focuses on cases from East Africa and the Horn. It considers institutional capacity in the public and private sector, as well as legal and social norms of humanitarian action. The authors are African and Nordic scholars who worked together on the NORAD-supported project over a 3-year period. Preliminary conclusions were discussed at seminars organized by the Centre for Foreign Relations (Dar es Salaam), the School of Government at the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town), and the Chr. Michelsen Institute (Bergen).

Refugees in Somalia

Upphovsperson: Melander, Göran
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 1980
Ämnesord: Somalia, East Africa, Refugees, International law, SOCIAL SCIENCES, SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP
Ever since the end of the 1950's the African continent has been faced with refugee problems of enormous magnitude. At the beginning of the 1980's this continent had the largest number of refugees and African countries have been most generous in trying, within their limited resources, to provide hospitality for African refugees. The main purpose of this survey iss to analyse the refugee situation in the country from the legal point of view, i.e., problems which probably are of a more lasting nature.