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Towards an Improved Understanding of Vulnerability and Resilience in Somalia

The 2011 famine and 2016 severe drought conditions in Somalia drew the attention of development actors to issues and options for addressing recurrent shocks and the roles that different people can play. This paper summarises the key lessons drawn f…

Understanding the Barriers to Girls' and Women's Access to Higher Education in Puntland, Somalia: A Video and Blogging Project

Gender inequality is common in Africa´s educational institutions, where cultural, sociological, economic, psychological, historical and political factors play a part. In Somalia, as in other developing nations, large numbers of girls often drop out …

The Role of Civil Society Organizations in SDGs Localization in Somalia

In 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, commonly known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Goals have been borne out of half a century of global initiatives to address wars, pove…

The Role of Education System in Nurturing Youth in Leadership

SIDRA has conducted a short study on “the role of the education system in nurturing youth in leadership”. The study sought to highlight how the education system shapes the attitudes, knowledge, skills and competences of young people in leadership an…

Breaking the Impasse: Effective Electoral Model for Somalia Elections 2020-21

Introducing a multiparty democracy in Somalia will be very beneficial. While there are valid concerns about the lack of political agreement over the electoral model and questions about the election timing and readiness, holding onto the old system o…

Youth Radicalization in Somalia: Causes, Consequences and Potential Solutions

Radicalisation is undermining Somalia’s peace, stability and development prospects. Religious extremism in the country has also become a security concern for the region and the world. Young, uneducated Somalis and their well-educated diaspora peers …

A Call for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Somalia: Opportunities and Barriers for Female Entrepreneurs in Accessing Micro-Finance

Between 800 A.D. and 1,000 A.D., Somalis exported gums, precious gems, ghee and ostrich feathers particularly to Ethiopia and nearby Arabia (the Arabian Peninsula). They also traded slaves who were brought to the ports from further inland. The Musl…

The Benefits and Burden of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in East Africa

China’s trade and economic relationship with East Africa countries brought in much needed aid and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in infrastructure projects which would otherwise be too costly for these developing countries, and contributed to con…

Research in Somalia: Opportunities for Cooperation

Research cooperation between Somalia and Sweden began in 1982, but was interrupted in the early 1990s due to the civil war. As Somalia gradually starts the process of institutionbuilding and shifting towards a federal system, the Swedish government…

Community Survey and Mapping for District Disaster Risk Management

This study was commission by Puntland Ministry of Interior, Federalism and Democratization through the support of UNDP Somalia programme to assess current disaster management system in nine of the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentral…

Gender Mainstreaming in Puntland Public Institutions: A Case of Ministries of Education, Labour, Health, and Planning

Somali gender analysis study commissioned by the European Union and undertaken by the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis in 2016 found out that Somali stood fourth in the world in terms of gender inequality with one of the highes…

Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & SDG7 in Puntland

The global development scene continues to experience huge challenges among them extreme poverty; inequality and injustice; and a changing climate that threatens all humanity whether in developed or less developed countries. Faced with this reality, …

Understanding the Drivers of Drought in Somalia: Environmental Degradation as a Drought Determinant

Drought recurrence is a persistent phenomenon in Somalia. The latest one has continued for the last three years. Although the subdued Gu rains that fell between April and May provided some temporary relief, the depressed nature of this critical pr…

The Gulf Crisis: Why Somalia Should Take a Critical Distance

The governments of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in the worst diplomatic crisis to hit Gulf Arab states in decades in June 2017. The four countries accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing…

Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Somali Women in the Post Conflict Socio-Political Arena

Somalia is one of the post conflict societies in the horn of Africa. It has been and still characterized by conflicts occurring at inter-state, intra-state and inter-communal levels. Although conflicts in Somalia affected both men and women, women …

Gender in Higher Education in Puntland: From Accessibility to Creating Supportive Environment for Women in Higher Education and Research

Female educational attainments are associated with women’s capacity to make informed decisions about various aspects of life, including health, marriage, and reproduction. Similarly, there is a positive relationship between educational attainment …

Assessment Study on Female Police Officers in Police Forces in Somalia

This study endeavoured-, among others, to identify progress made by the milestones set in the Somali Compact and the Rule of Law Joint Program with its goals of Peace and State building through the federal government of Somalia and the member state…

Women's Political Participation in Puntland - Prospects for Progress

The study aimed at assessing and documenting women’s political participation in Puntland, focusing on the recent political processes while drawing lessons from historical trends and broader societal issues surrounding women’s political participation…

Somalia 2016 Elections: Contesting the Boundaries of Democracy

At the end of 2013, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) committed to “Vision 2016”, an audacious plan to execute all the points of reference in the Provisional Constitution of Somalia and the New Deal's Somali Compact. These two crucial document…

Democracy in Puntland: The People's Choice

Puntland state of Somalia was established in August 1998 as an autonomous regional government and part of the future federal state of Somalia. The consultative formation process was comprehensive with traditional elders and local leaders laying the …

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