November-December 2015  |  Vol 27: Issue 6

Editor's Note

This thematic issue of the Horn of Africa Bulletin (HAB) on the ‘A Community of Peoples: Bottom up Regional Integration in the Horn of Africa’ addresses the issue of integration in the Horn driven by bottom-up dynamics. This issue also seeks to draw attention to some of the gaps and questions bedevilling regional integration in the Horn and in the process, flag key policy questions, and suggest policy options. Being the last issue of the year, it was felt that this particular theme would be a fitting way to round off the year, eliding the pattern, where themes have focused on the problems afflicting the region. Continue reading

Eastleigh ‘Little Mogadishu’ and its traditional integration into the East African economy: The secret, challenges and opportunities

By Ibrahim Farah,Saadia Abdishakur,Valentine Opanga

This article aims to provide an overview of Eastleigh also known as ‘Little Mogadishu’ or ‘Muqdisho Yarey’ in Somali as an instance of bottom-up regional business integration. The study takes a holistic approach meant to give the bigger picture on- and in answering the questions - what is there? Why and how did Somali businesses integrate? In other words, what is the secret? continue reading


La Somalie, un acteur majeur de l’intégration régionale « par le bas » dans la Corne de l’Afrique

By Said Ishmael

Malgré l’effondrement de l’économie formelle et de l’administration centrale somaliennes, une système économique réel a émergé, profitant du manque de bureaucratie et des systèmes des transferts de fonds de la diaspora. En effet, les entrepreneurs somaliens ont su démontrer leur capacité à prospérer dans la Corne de l’Afrique, en dépit du conflit et de l’instabilité régnant depuis 1991 en Somalie. Ce modèle principalement fondé sur les relations claniques traditionnelles s’est dans un premier temps exporté avec les émigrés somaliens au Kenya et a ensuite gagné d’autres pays de la région. La Corne de l’Afrique constitue un laboratoire utile et riche d’enseignements pour étudier les dynamiques de l’intégration régionale. L’objectif de ce papier est d’analyser et illustrer comment le capital social des somaliens est devenu un facteur intégrateur du commerce régional dans la Corne de l’Afrique. continue reading



More in this issue

People-to-People Regional Reconciliation in the Horn of Africa

By Tim Murithi


Crossing Boundaries: Reflections on a festival-conference

By Surafel Wondimu


Civil Society Organisations in the East African Community (EAC) integration process

By Sekou Toure Otondi

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Horn of Africa Bulletin, Volume Volume 27, No. Issue 6, November-December 2015

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