Hammond, Laura; Mustafa Awad; Ali Ibrahim Dagane; Peter Hansen; Cindy Horst; Ken Menkhaus; & Lynette Obare (2011) Cash and Compassion: The Role of the Somali Diaspora in Relief, Development and PeacebuildingReport of a Study Commissioned by UNDP Somalia.
One of the few success stories related to Somalia today is that of how effective the diaspora is in supporting relief and development activities in their country of origin. This report, based on original research conducted in Somaliland, Puntland and South/Central Somalia, as well as in multiple cities (mainly Dubai, London, Minneapolis, Nairobi, Oslo, Toronto) with a high concentration of Somali diaspora members, examines the motivations for support, the factors that influence it, the means and mechanisms by which it is mobilized and transferred to Somalia, and the ways in which local Somali actors put the support they receive to use.
The research was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Somalia office, with support from the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. It builds upon a pilot study conducted by Hassan Sheikh and Sally Healy (Sheikh and Healy, 2009), which was based on desk research and selected focus group discussions.