Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Informal economies, conflict recovery and absent aid

MacKie, Peter ORCID:, Brown, Alison ORCID:, Dickenson, Kate, Ahmed Hassan, Saeed and Barawani, Mohamed A. Mohamed 2017. Informal economies, conflict recovery and absent aid. Environment and Urbanization 29 (2) , pp. 365-382. 10.1177/0956247817719868

[thumbnail of P Mackie A Brown 2017 informal economy postprint.pdf]
PDF - Accepted Post-Print Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (634kB) | Preview


This paper addresses the issue of what happens in the aftermath of conflict when humanitarian response is absent, to see how ‘self-help’ recovery can inform development assistance paradigms and practice. We explore livelihoods strategies and community-led recovery processes in the context of conflict in Somaliland, a region that experienced an acutely disruptive conflict and an absence of humanitarian aid, to evaluate the economic recovery that emerged. The conflict is tracked through perceptions and recollections of those who lived through the disaster: the bombing of Hargeisa in 1988 that flattened the city, the declaration of a semi-autonomous nation in 1991, and its subsequent development over the last 25 years. This critical case study aims to inform the humanitarian assistance agenda in relation to livelihoods as self-help process in post-conflict recovery.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Informal economy, self-help, humanitarian aid, Somaliland, Hargeisa
Additional Information: Released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0956-2478
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 June 2017
Date of Acceptance: 15 June 2017
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 04:12

Citation Data

Cited 7 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics