Year: 2017

Edna Adan Ismail’s Interview with Kirsty Young of BBC Radio 4

Edna is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs – a radio program broadcast on BBC Radio 4

Edna Adan Ismail is a midwife and campaigner. As a 12-year-old growing up in British Somaliland, her dream was to build her own hospital. It took her some 50 years and all her savings to realise her ambition, Continue reading “Edna Adan Ismail’s Interview with Kirsty Young of BBC Radio 4”

Smuggling Migrants from the Horn of Africa to Yemen and Saudi Arabia

This report examines the smuggling migrants networks facilitating irregular migration from the Horn of Africa to countries in the Arabian Peninsula, also referred to as the Gulf. In addition to analyzing the structure and modus operandi of migrant smuggling networks, the author considers the extent to which these networks are involved in other forms of organized criminal activity, such as arms and narcotics trafficking. Continue reading “Smuggling Migrants from the Horn of Africa to Yemen and Saudi Arabia”

Somaliland Applies Global Resilience Expertise to Drought Response

Hargeisa, 10 December 2017.  Somaliland authorities are carrying out a “Drought Impact Needs Assessment” (DINA), based on a Global Resilience Expertise, that is identifying long term solutions to recurrent cycles of drought, which are to be delivered in parallel to life saving humanitarian relief. The DINA is being led by the Somaliland Government and supported by the World Bank, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN).   Continue reading “Somaliland Applies Global Resilience Expertise to Drought Response”

Somaliland’s 2017 Presidential Election: Interview with Chief Observer of IEOM

In this extended interview by Edward Paice, Director of Africa Research Institute, Michael Walls reflects on IOEM’s mandate, the performance of the National Electoral Commission, the positives and negatives of the election, campaigning, voter registration and the increasing monetisation of politics in Somaliland. He also looks ahead to parliamentary and local council elections in 2019. Continue reading “Somaliland’s 2017 Presidential Election: Interview with Chief Observer of IEOM”

International Observers Congratulate Somalilanders as Supreme Court Announces Final Eesults

(29 November 2017) International Observers: Somaliland’s Supreme Court yesterday upheld the preliminary results of the presidential election, originally released by the National Electoral Commission on 21 November. That decision confirms Mr. Muse Bihi Abdi, leader of Kulmiye Party, as the president-elect. The international election observation mission (EOM) congratulates all Somalilanders, including Mr Bihi and the other candidates, on the conclusion of the electoral process.

Says Dr Michael Walls, chief observer of the EOM:

“We congratulate the new president, and are pleased that, after some post-poll tensions, political parties have followed legal channels in confirming the election result, which has now been accepted by all candidates. We applaud political leaders on all sides for their public statements stressing the importance of the gains made by Somaliland to date. Somalilanders have once again shown their strong commitment to peaceful electoral democracy and we look forward to a continuation of that process as we now look toward the much-delayed parliamentary elections, scheduled to be held in tandem with local council polls in 2019.”

The EOM, which was funded by the British government and included 60 observers from 27 countries, observed the election at the invitation of the National Electoral Commission ( NEC) . The mission, led by the Development Planning Unit (DPU) at University College London (UCL), and Somaliland Focus UK, observed 350 polling stations and tallying centres across Somaliland’s six regions on polling day.

The EOM was able to report a largely peaceful and well-organised polling day in areas observed, albeit with some concerns. We noted at the time that irregularities observed were not of sufficient scale to have impacted the final result.

Throughout the election period, Somalilanders demonstrated their support for the rule of law and constitutional process, voting peacefully and in significant numbers, and we applaud this ongoing commitment to peaceful participation in an impressively open electoral system.

Disclaimer: Views and opinions expressed are those of the author/authors and do not reflect the views of Somaliland Intellectuals Institute (SII) and/or its sponsors. SII reserves the right to edit articles before publication. If you want to submit an opinion piece or an analysis please email it to November 29, 2017

Accountability in the Taxation System in Somaliland

Ebba Tellander is a Research Assistant at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Mohamed Aden Hassan is a Research Fellow at the Center for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths, University of London.

Thanks to Ahmed Atteye for research assistance with the data collection

There are several serious challenges to accountability within the taxation system in Somaliland. Continue reading “Accountability in the Taxation System in Somaliland”