"The collapse of the Somali central government and the ensuing anarchy resulted in major insecurity that compelled the indigenous population to seek alternative means to safeguard its livelihood. This led to the proliferation of non-state security actors, the rise in their legitimacy, and the emergence of hybridized security sector governance. This paper argues for the use of hybridized security governance to consolidate peace and state building in contemporary Somalia and gives insight into how neighboring countries and the international community might support Somali efforts to preserve peace. It suggests that the Somalia Federal Government should decentralize security sector governance and integrate traditional justice remedies and local militias into the governance structure with well-articulated roles and a system of accountability."

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Daniel Kebede is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Kebede was a former police commander who led District police and Police Departments in different capacities. He attended national and international trainings in policing, peacekeeping, community policing and local participatory governance. He also taught senior police officers at the Ethiopian Police University College. In addition, as part of police reform, he has chaired the police reform committee. Currently, he serves Addis Ababa University as a Director for University Standards, Safety and Security.

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This is Research Paper No.2 of The Southern Voices Network publication series.