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Jamal Mohammed

Project title: The Paradox of Promoting 'Partnership' and 'Local Ownership in a Context of Power Relations: A Case Study of the United Nations Operation in Somalia

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

State dysfunction and fragility are relatively common in nations going through protracted conflicts in the Horn of Africa. Drawing on long-term research and regional policy work, my doctoral research examines how aid is coordinated in the state-building process. The existing literature on development aid posits that coordination is generally considered essential. However, a minimal analysis has been conducted to analyse how ‘partnership’ and ‘local ownership’ work in unequal power relations. 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 fragile states in the global south
  • Africanist Approach to Agency
  • United Nations/ International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs)
  • Somali Studies