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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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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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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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GENSOM-related Sources

Data and statistics: The 2016 World Bank Group Gender Data Portal on Somalia. Scholarly articles: Kassim, M., 2008. ” Dhikr will Echo from all Corners:” Dada Masiti and the Transmission of Islamic Knowledge. Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies, 2(1), p.7. News articles:

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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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Successful book fair highlights need for libraries in Somalia

Last month’s successful Mogadishu International Book Fair was one of the best civil society-led initiatives in the Somali capital in this year. For three days in late August, Somali writers of all ages and hundreds of readers congregated in the City Palace Hotel to celebrate literacy and culture. Read on..

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