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.

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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The Somalia – Somaliland Negotiations

The recent dialogue is an encouraging step toward reconciliation. Somaliland’s grievances must be addressed adequately. But Somaliland must realize that its quest to leave the union is untenable.

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The Somali Government’s First 100 Days

On 3 March 2013 Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon stood before parliament and presented his government’s accomplishments of its first hundred days.

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The U.S. Recognition of Somalia

U.S. recognition of the government is a great opportunity that could contribute to Somalia’s effort to retake its place among the community of nations. Somalis need to understand what opportunities it avails, and what challenges are embedded with it.

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