THE ATM REPORTS
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Nabad Youth Conference
ATM convened a conference to debate and discuss how Somali youth in the UK can add value to the London Somalia Conference on 7 May 2013, and other externally-supported peace talks which are too often based on a mixture of a clan, military influence, and financial power. This conference was an opportunity for young Somali-British to engage in the decision-making processes which will affect their future. Over 30 carefully selected Somalis, therefore, met to discuss five main themes that were pre-selected by the youth through a survey:
“First time I attended this kind of a workshop and I found it very encouraging and inspiring; well-done ATM for organising it” Mohamud Awil
“Fantastically well-structured and insightful” Sahra Abdillahi
As part of the ‘safe corridors’ study, Anti-Tribalism Movement designed a multiple-choice survey and conducted two workshops to:
1) gather quantitative and qualitative information on the perceptions of British-Somalis about the current banking issue;
2) deliver facts to the community about the current situation; and
3) engage the community about their ideas, insights, and recommendations towards a solution to the UK-Somali banking situation.
“As far as we know, the xawalas are willing and happy to meet the Bank’s criteria. However, Barclays is not making the criteria public. So far, there has never been a case where Somali Remittance companies have been suspected of not complying with any banks regulations, let alone found guilty of any such violations” Mohamed Ahmed
This is community report to respond Barclays PLC decision to close the accounts of Somali MSBs, which is a matter of grave and urgent concern to the Somali community in the UK, including our members. It constitutes a viable and essential delivery of support to an estimated 40% of the population of Somalia. MSBs provide fast, reliable, trusted and secure transmission of funds from the Somali-British community, and from Somali diaspora communities elsewhere who send remittances to their relatives in Somalia who depend on this source of income.
Social conflict refers to when groups oppose each other by exerting social power in an effort to control scarce resources. Resource-based conflicts are widespread in southern and central Somalia. Clan identities are politicized to advance resource, economic, or social interests intensifying differences between clans in southern Somalia and this report demonstrated that.