New working paper on market committees in Mogadishu, Somalia
The working paper is an output of the research program ‘Governing Economic Hubs and Flows in Somali East Africa'.
When the Somali state collapsed in the early 1990s, traders in the capital Mogadishu formed market committees to protect themselves against theft and extortion and to settle disputes among themselves. These market committees continue to work, even though local government and a federal state have increased their presence in markets that are not controlled by Al-Shabaab. Mogadishu traders have an ambiguous relationship to the state, which they keep alive by remembering, critiquing and desiring it. Traders continue to have an ideal image of the state as a neutral actor above clan-lineages and as a security. At the same time, they distance themselves from the state in order not to be taken for state representatives. As they see it, this would deprive the market committees of their moral credibility, expose them to suspicion and jealousy, as well as retributions from Al-Shabaab.
This working paper is written by Faduma Abukar Mursal (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle) and is an output of the research program ‘Governing Economic Hubs and Flows in Somali East Africa'.
You find the working paper here: