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On the Road to Reconstruction: Somalia Looks to Rwanda for Demobilization & Reintegration Lessons

April 14, 2015

One of the world’s most fragile states, Somalia is slowly emerging from more than two decades of conflict. One key aspect of returning the country to a state of normalcy will require a process referred to as DDR - disarming, demobilizing, and reintegrating combatants. Through a national program, the Federal Government of Somalia is planning to open a window for national reconciliation and peace-building. In November 2014, a delegation consisting of officials from the Somali National Programme for Disengaged Combatants, the United Nations Assistance Mission and the African Union Mission in Somalia traveled to Rwanda on a World Bank facilitated study tour to learn from Rwanda’s own successful demobilization initiative.