The trouble with Somalia (pt 63)

There’s a chicken and egg problem with this analysis and all failed states…

Pouring foreign aid into Somalia without good accountability mechanisms in place will only worsen these negative dynamics, just like it did in Afghanistan. Yes, reconstruction is sorely required and in addition to improving security, the Somali government badly needs to start delivering some meaningful improvements to the lives of its people. But the international community needs to avoid smothering Somalia in foreign-aid love, thus exacerbating the type of misgovernance that has plagued both Somalia and Afghanistan.

In Somalia last time around donors tried hard to get money into security and governance to try to prevent these problems. But… well… we know what happened: A lot of the money disappeared and the resulting insecurity and corruption allowed the Shabaab to pose as the forces of justice…

(hat tip @strickvl)


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