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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 …

The Impact of the Role of Traditional leaders on Politico-governance in Somalia: Present realities and Past Reflections

Overviewing the types and the roles of the of governance institutions of pre-colonial Somalia, this study explored the current situation of the elders’ office with comparing it to the former. The findings include that today’s elders’ office does not…

Regional Integration in the Horn of Africa: Is Prime Minister Abiy's Initiative an Institution ahead of its Time?

The Horn of Africa has long suffered a plethora of authoritarian regimes, social and political unrest, civil and interstate wars and catastrophic famine. The selection of Mr Abiy Ahmed as the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia ushered in a new era that…

Women and Value Chain Analysis & Private Sector Development Study in Puntland

This study aimed to provide an analytical review of existing and potential value chains that could help Somali women generate income and access local urban and rural markets in 4 subsectors. It aspired to identify sector specific value chains with t…

Climate Change in Somalia: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Climate change poses a great risk to the livelihoods of the Somali people. This is because the Somali natural environment and associated production systems are highly vulnerable to climate change. The natural environment experiences constraints that…

Sustainable Development Goals for Somalia: Policy Imperatives of Localization

At the inception of the New Millennium, all the UN member countries made a commitment to mankind to eradicate deprivation in its different dimensions. The vision for such a future was expressed in concrete terms of what are called the Millennium Dev…

The National Security Council Meeting in Mogadishu: The Sisyphean Search for Political Agreement in Somalia

The breakdown of relations between the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States has crippled the peace and state building initiatives in the country for the last few years. The National Security Council Meeting in Mogadishu presents a…

Study Report on Gender Dimensions of Climate Change Related Projects in Somalia

Climate change poses serious development challenge in Puntland and Somalia in general that needs to be addressed urgently. Somalia and Puntland development plans and policy documents recognize this challenge and observe that if climate change is n…

Rape: A Rising Crisis and Reality for the Women in Somalia

Somali women are the economic backbone in Somali society and in recent years have assumed more prevailing position as breadwinners of many families. They are the bond that holds families together. They are, however, marginalized and underrepresented…

The Idle Youth Labor Force in Somalia: A Blow to the Country's GDP

The Somali population is young; it is estimated that 70% of the population is under 30 years. If the youth are not engaged in productive enterprises, it will have a contrary lasting impact on socio-economic development of the country for generations…

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…

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