HIPS Reports

As part of its mission to inform and influence public policy, the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) will produce a number reports each year focusing on major public policy issues. These reports are aimed at enhancing public understanding of the issues and making policy-relevant recommendations.

Our reports will vary in scope and depth given our wide area of expertise. From security and justice sector reform to federalism, state-building and the constitution, our highly qualified staff and experts will tackle various issues.

We will use these reports to generate a public discourse on policy matters.And while we will make recommendations based on our findings, we will engage relevant actors to enhance better understanding of the subjects we cover on a regular basis.

Finally, our reports are attempting to offer a Somali narrative to public policy issues. As a national research institution, we firmly believe that solutions to some of the toughest issues facing Somalia can only come from within.

Land Matters in Mogadishu: Settlement, ownership and displacement in a contested city

Mogadishu has for more than two decades been one of the most highly contested cities in the world. Since the collapse of President Siyad Barre’s government in early 1991, it has been the object of both military and political struggles almost without interruption. This report considers the current state of land governance and the nature of continuing land […]

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Somalia’s parliament should produce a constitution by and for the people

As Somalia’s tenth parliament began its work in early 2017 and elected Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmaajo’ as president, the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) hopes lawmakers, national and sub-national politicians and civil society organizations will re-focus and prioritize the finalization of the constitution. HIPS is, therefore, presenting the first in a series of papers on […]

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Gaalkacyo Conflict: Drivers, Contributors and Potential Solutions

Gaalkayo is the only divided city with two different administrations in Somalia. A peaceful solution to the Gaalkacyo conflict could contribute to a peaceful Somalia. Therefore, the careful study, analysis and peaceful resolution of this conflict should not be underestimated. Read the full report here.

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Exit Strategy Challenges for the AU Mission in Somalia

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) alone cannot defeat al-Shabaab. This can only happen if AMISOM can partner with a capable, legitimate and inclusive set of Somali security forces. Unfortunately, over the last decade, Somalia’s political leaders have failed to forge a political settlement that charts an agreed pathway towards creating an effective set of professional national security forces. Read on…

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Turkey’s Assistance Model in Somalia: Achieving Much With Little

The depth of Turkey’s relatively recent engagement in Somalia is visible in the capital Mogadishu. The rehabilitation of a 23-kilometer road across the capital, a new airport terminal and the rebuilding of the former Digfer hospital are all conspicuous symbols of Turkey’s role in the development of Somalia. Read more…..

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Selection of the Next Somalia Parliament: The Citizens’ View

The findings provide reliable, representative data on the views of residents in five major population centers, which contribute to the debate around the political process as major decisions about Somalia’s future are being deliberated.

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الــدور العربــي فـي الصومـال منذ انهيـار الدولـة المركزيـــة: دراسـة حالــة فــي الفتـــرة مــا بيــن 1991م- 2015م

تعرضت الدراسة الأهمية الجيواستراتيجية لموقع الصومال والتأثير السالب المباشر لغياب الدولة في الصومال على الأمن القومي العربي، وعلى المصالح الاقتصادية والتجارية والسياسية والأمنية العربية في المنطقة.

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Educational challenges in post-transitional Somalia: Case study Mogadishu

The aim of this exploratory study was to investigate the educational challenges facing post-transitional Somalia. Our investigation revealed that Somalia is experiencing chronic educational challenges that require concerted and collective efforts to address. The study has identified challenges in the areas of curriculum, language policy and teacher training. Read on…

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“Somali Women’s Civic Engagement: Past, Present and Future” GENSOM Conference Summary Report by Ayaan Ahmed Ali and Cindy Horst

“Somali Women’s Civic Engagement: Past, Present and Future” GENSOM Conference, 6 February 2015, Nairobi The GENSOM project is a 2-year research collaboration between PRIO and HIPS, funded by the RCN. The project aims to understand present-day Somali women’s civic and political engagements through a historical lens. It studies the history of women and power in […]

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Islamic Humanitarianism? The evolving role of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation in Somalia and beyond

The OIC’s humanitarian response to the famine in Somalia in 2011 is the organisation’s biggest and best-known relief operation to date. Its involvement was diverse, including roles as a diplomatic actor, a technical and operational actor and a donor. Most notable perhaps is the OIC’s – or more precisely ICHAD’s – role as coordinator of the OIC Coalition, which at one point comprised around 40 Islamic aid agencies and civil society organisations.

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