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

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? What are the challenges and opportunities facing the Somali business community in Kenya? The overall objective of this article is to showcase the business hub of Eastleigh as an instance of economic-commercial integration in the East African economy.

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

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.

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

The Horn of Africa has endured the debilitating effects of violent conflict for several decades. Despite policy frameworks and the utilisation of significant resources to stabilise countries, conflicts in the region have remained resistant to resolution. The Horn of Africa’s …

Crossing Boundaries: Reflections on a festival-conference

Seventy performer-thinkers from Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Israel (Ethiopian Jews), the U.S. (Women of Colour dance-theatre) and Japan gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from September 24-27, 2015 to partake in the Crossing Boundaries Festival-Conference.

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

The current East African Community (EAC) integration process, which was formed in 1999, is more ambitious in the sense that not only does it aim at regional economic integration, but has as its ultimate goal the formation of an EAC political federation within a clearly stipulated deadline. Nevertheless despite the lapses in the integration implementation timeline, the EAC integration process has deepened and widened to an extent that it’s currently considered the most advanced regional bloc within Africa. This view is in contrast to the earlier more pessimistic view of African integration efforts which were seen as more rhetorical than practical.