Back in Business? Diaspora Return to Somalia

Policy brief

Horst, Cindy (2015) Back in Business? Diaspora Return to Somalia, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.

In most post-conflict contexts, returning diaspora members contribute to reconstruction efforts including through investment in businesses. While many invest in traditional ventures, others introduce new ideas of entrepreneurship. In Somalia, diaspora businesses are visible and valued especially for their development and peacebuilding potential. International donors should explore options to support for-profit ventures. Such support could address some of the challenges investors face, including the lack of start-up capital; difficult access to relevant local networks; and limited insurance against risks.

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