Title: The Impact of War on Somali Men: An Inception Study
Author: World Bank
Institution: Rift Valley Institute Research Project for LOGiCA Study Series
Publication Date: May, 2015
Keywords: Somalia, Gender, Conflict
Stabilising and rebuilding Somalia remains a priority in UK foreign policy but in reality little is understood about the population and their need. In over 20 years of civil war this is the first male-orientated gender study on the consequences, supporting an existing gap in the literature around the representation of men’s voices and stories in Somalia.
The report aims to dispel the assumption that the Somali male is “inherently violent, prone to extremism, a threat to the West & their own society” (p3). War has radically changed Somalia, particularly around expected masculinities and this is not entirely reflected in current policy-thinking. It is a key piece to unlocking a gender dialogue, where both men and women are being given a platform to amplify their voices around the impact of war on sexual politics.
The qualitative data on which this study is based was collected through ‘focus group discussions’, ‘individual interviews’, ‘critical thinking workshops’ conducted across 3 Somali territories, refugee camps in Dabaab and diaspora community in Nairobi. In total 400 men and 90 women participated between Dec 2013 and Apr 2014 (p8). This data provides a breadth of knowledge around the multiplicity of Somali male identities and their experiences within various conflict contexts.