HIPS Briefing Papers

HIPS Policy Briefs are published by the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies and aim to provide high quality analysis and practical recommendations for policymakers on important development issues.

A Memo For Somalia’s New Leaders on The Priorities of Citizens

The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) conducted a public opinion perceptions survey from January 9-23, 2017. HIPS asked a total of 1,364 adults aged 18 and older in Boosaaso, Beledweyne, Mogadishu, Baydhabo and Kismaayo about the policy areas they want the incoming government to focus on.

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Parliament should use Its oversight to improve electoral model

The electoral model by Somalia’s National Leaders Forum (NLF) outlining the 2016 selection/election plan does not adequately enhance the democratic process. Rather, some aspects of the proposed roadmap significantly stifle the prospects of a legitimate and inclusive election process. Read on…

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The Political and Civic Engagement of Somali Women

Today women in the Somali region make positive contributions to their communities by applying their knowledge, skills and financial resources through formal and non-formal political processes.

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Federal Somalia: Not if but How

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. Read the policy brief here for more..

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Attitudes Towards Democracy in Mogadishu

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..

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Perceptions of Security and Justice in Mogadishu

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.

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Diaspora Return to Somalia

Diaspora returnees are growing increasingly visible in Somalia. The degree to which the diaspora are able to reintegrate into Somali society will ultimately define their contribution to its development.

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Consequences of Political Infighting

The rift between the two top officeholders in Somalia, and the subsequent removal of Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon ‘Saa’id’, has dealt a serious blow to the credibility of the Federal Government of Somalia.

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The Kismaayo Crisis: Options for Compromise

The crisis in Kismaayo has the potential to undermine the government. It also threatens to bring the fragile nation back to the brink of civil war. Compromise is the only way out.

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