Ahmed M. Musa

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ahmed M. Musa is a postdoctoral researcher in the Diaspora Humanitarianism in Complex Crises research project run by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), University of Nairobi’s Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Rako Research and Communication Centre (RCCC) and the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) and funded by the Danish Government. Ahmed is attached to RCCC and his research is focusing on the ‘history and institutions’ of Somali Diaspora Humanitarianism.


Ahmed did a Ph.D. in Dryland Resource Management at the University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya. Ahmed’s Ph.D. research, funded by the Danish Government through the Governing Economic Hubs and Flows Somali East Africa (GOVSEA) research project,  focused on livestock trade in the Berbera Corridor.


Prior to his Ph.D., Ahmed has worked with and conducted research for reputable local and international research institutions including Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention (OCVP), Rift Valley Institute (RVI), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC), Kenya. Ahmed has over eight years of experience, both research and managerial levels, with civil society and research organizations.

Ahmed has published several academic papers including:

  • ‘State formation and economic development in post-war Somaliland: the impact of the private sector in an unrecognized state’ (with Cindy Horst),  journal of Conflict, Security and Development (2019)
  • ‘ The Hidden Tactile Negotiation Sign Language in Somaliland’s Livestock Markets (with Raphael Schwere),  Bildhaan: International Journal of Somali Studies (2018)
  • ‘Factors Influencing Livestock Export in Somaliland’s Terminal Markets’ (together with Oliver Vivian Wasonga and Nadhem Mtimet),  journal of Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice (2020)
  • ‘Livestock on the hoof: Livestock Trade, Taxation and State-Making in the Somali Territories’ (together with Finn Stepputat and Tobias Hagmann, forthcoming).
  • A book chapter on ‘  Berbera Corridor Development and Somaliland’s Political Economy’ in the book ‘ Land, Investment and Politics: Reconfiguring  African Drylands, edited by Jermey Lind, Doris Okenywa & Ian Scoones (2020)
  • (6)  ‘ From trust to oligopoly: institutional change in livestock trade in Somaliland after 1991’ working paper,  Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) (2019).