The study is based on background reading, and interviews carried out in
Nairobi and by phone and email during April 2013. Interviews targeted
multilateral and bilateral donors to Somalia as well as NGOs. Somalia
offers important lessons on risk management in peacebuilding and
development work in conflict-affected areas. Risk assessments have
gained a high profile given concerns that aid funds could
unintentionally support Al-Shabaab, a political and military
organisation designated as a terrorist group by many OECD governments.
The risks of non-engagement, heightened both by recent widespread famine
and by the perceived need to support the current government, also drive
decisions and practices on risk management. Somalia’s participation in
the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States further encourages aid
agencies to work with the government.
This case study is divided into two parts. The first part discusses
broad donor responses to risk in Somalia. This includes a profile of
main types of risk confronting donors in Somalia, analysis of how donors
approach these risks in their programming, and explanations of these
responses to risk. The second part discusses practical approaches to
risk management observed in Somalia. Three approaches are highlighted in
this case study including: (1) using country systems and strengthening
public financial management, (2) using specialised risk management
services to monitor fiduciary and corruption risks, and (3) managing
risk remotely where security concerns limit access.
Burke, A. Donor Approaches to Risk in Fragile and Conflict Affected States. Case Study: Somalia. The Policy Practice Limited, Brighton, UK (2013) 17 pp.
Donor Approaches to Risk in Fragile and Conflict Affected States. Case Study: Somalia