A significant majority of Somalis favor a federal system of governance, despite serious misgivings. This is according to a research project concluded by HIPS that spun across 5 major cities in Somalia.The majority of those surveyed consider federalism as the best way to achieve a power-sharing mechanism among Somali clans whereas a vertical system of governance with a highly centralized unitary state is seen as inherently undemocratic and oppressive. People demand horizontal power structures where they can retain a fair degree of influence at the local level.
The vast majority of Mogadishu residents consider democratic elections in the city important, and intend to vote, according to the findings of a poll of 1633 people across the 17 districts of Benadir Region. Read the full report here..
The security situation in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has improved according to Mogadishu residents. This is confirmed by a survey of 1,664 residents across Mogadishu’s 17 districts conducted between February and March this year.