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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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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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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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Somalia’s Vision 2016: Reality Check and the Road Ahead

Of late, the most oft-repeated phrase in Somalia seems to be Vision 2016. Visions, particularly when discussing countries, are usually about long-term, strategic and often developmental goals. Not in the case of Somalia. Vision 2016 is a purely political document crafted in September 2013 at the behest of, and under the auspices of, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS). 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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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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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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