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.

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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Oil in Somalia: Adding fuel to the fire?

As the latest ‘frontier region’ of hydrocarbon exploration and production in East Africa, Somalia remains not only one of the most promising, but also most challenging potential oil exporting countries.

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Decentralization Options for Somalia

The issue of decentralization has been hotly debated in Somalia for the past decade. For many Somalis, some form of decentralization is necessary. However, the most suitable model of decentralization for Somalia remains a matter of contention. This paper is the first in a series of outputs by Heritage Institute on the topic of decentralization.

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Humanitarian Negotiations with Al Shabaab

Somalia is one of the most dangerous environments in the world for aid workers and humanitarian organisations. A formidable obstacle to reaching people in need of humanitarian assistance is the militant group Al-Shabaab. Drawn from over 80 interviews with former Al-Shabaab officials, aid workers and civilians, this research details difficulties faced by aid agencies attempting to operate in Al-Shabaab controlled areas during the 2011 famine.

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The State of Higher Education in Somalia

Higher education institutions have proliferated in Somalia during the two decades of civil war. More than 50,000 students are attending some 50 universities across the country.

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Hasty Repatriation

Kenya is attempting to repatriate more than half a million Somali refugees despite continued instability in Somalia, and in defiance of national and international legal obligations.

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