About us

The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit policy research and analysis institute based in Mogadishu, Somalia.


To advance peace, the rule of law, and a culture of learning in Somalia


To inform public policy by providing independent empirical research and analyses, and creating an enabling environment for inclusive dialogue

Guiding Principles

  1. Independence, integrity and impartiality
    In all its activities, HIPS will honor and uphold the independence and integrity of the Institute. The focus of work is on issues of concern to peace and the rule of law in Somalia, both as challenges and opportunities. HIPS is a non-partisan organization driven by impartial and empirical research and analyses.
  2. Diversity and equal opportunities
    HIPS promotes human rights and encourages diverse voices to be heard by harnessing a broad range of ideas and perspectives on critical issues for Somalia.
  3. Transparency and accountability
    In all its activities HIPS strives for openness and responsibility. The website allows for easy access to all its work. The Annual Report provides an account of progress of work, finance, and management. Social media (Facebook and Twitter) presents an avenue for interactive and open communication. HIPS management is accountable to its Board of Advisors.
  4. Excellence
    HIPS strives for high quality and rigor in all its activities and products. To reach this goal, HIPS welcomes constructive and critical feedback on its activities from interested parties.
  5. Do no harm
    As an independent institution promoting a culture of learning in Somalia, HIPS will address critical issues for the purpose of advancing peace and the rule of law, including, when relevant, in the context of the Horn of Africa. It will not shy away from expressing constructive criticism when so warranted by empirical evidence. However, throughout its work, HIPS will caution not to inadvertently cause harm in the fragile situation of Somalia and its neighbourhood.