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Jamal Mohammed

Project title: The paradox of promoting ''partnership'' and ''local ownership'' through a top-down coordination efforts in post-conflict reconstruction : a case-study of the United Nations operation in Somalia

Supervised by Professor Gabrielle Lynch and Associate Professor Jessica di Salvatore.

State dysfunction and fragilities are relatively common in nations going through protracted conflicts in the Horn of Africa. By building on previous experience as a researcher in the region - my doctoral research examines how development aid is coordinated in post-conflict reconstruction (PCR) process in Somalia.

Given the complexity of modern PCR attempts which involve various players - a set of well-planned and coordinated activities are viewed as essential. The existing literature in development aid-PCR scholarship posits that coordination is generally accepted as important. However, a very limited analysis has been conducted to analyze the relationship between aid donors and recipient in collaboration of PCR efforts, particularly on understanding the ''power relations'' that prominent donors use to promote partnership and local ownership in coordination of development aid projects in Somalia. This study intends to fill this gap and inform my substantial contribution to the literature.

Research interest

  • International Political Economy (IPE)
  • Foreign aid and IPE analysis of failed and fragile states in the global south
  • African states and formative power relations with aid donors
  • Somali Studies