Month: November 2017

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.


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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”

The Role of Business in Maintaining Peace in Somaliland

Ahmed M. Musa is Doctoral Researcher at the University of Nairobi.
Email: ahmedbrown.musa@gmail.com
Cindy Horst Research Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Email: cindy@prio.org

Somaliland has been peaceful for the last two decades, though this peace remains fragile. Analysts have accredited Somaliland’s relative stability to its bottom-up peace building approach. Politicians, elders, business people and religious leaders complement each other to restore and maintain peace in Continue reading “The Role of Business in Maintaining Peace in Somaliland”

Mohamed Aden Hassan appointed PRIO Global Fellow

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people

Mohamed Aden Hassan has recently been appointed PRIO Global Fellow. Hassan works with PRIO researchers Cindy Horst and Ebba Tellander on projects related to accountability, diaspora and transnationalism, youth and migration in Somaliland.

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Mitigating Natural Disasters in Somaliland

 Policy Options and Strategies

Executive Summary

The impact of drought emerges in Somaliland once again. Hundreds of thousands of Somaliland citizens are facing severe food shortages, water scarcity and malnutrition, which causes diarrhea and other associated diseases. This harsh drought, which has also affected many other parts of the Horn of Africa, is causing the reduction and loss of pasture and water, along with decreases or total losses of livestock herds. This directly affects the livelihoods of the pastoralist and agro-pastoralist societies that depend on livestock and livestock products, which have sustained the basic needs of their households for centuries. Recurrent drought also has broader adverse consequences for the rest of the population, including those who live in urban areas. Continue reading “Mitigating Natural Disasters in Somaliland”

Public Perception of Female Lawyers in Hargeisa, Somaliland

By Maria Gaheir

INTRODUCTION:

The road to success for Somaliland’s female lawyers was not easy; until very recently there were no female lawyers in the field. Until 2007, Ifrah Aden Omar was the sole practicing female lawyer in Somaliland. She currently heads the first Women Lawyers Association (SWLA) not only in Somaliland but also in Somalia. It was established in Somaliland with the help of the United Nations Development Program in 2008 (UNDP 2008). Continue reading “Public Perception of Female Lawyers in Hargeisa, Somaliland”

Allogeneic Blood Donation in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Associated Factors of Voluntary Blood Donation among Undergraduate Students in Hargeisa University

Author: Abdirahman Omer Ahmed  abdi_4u2@hotmail.com

 

Background

Availability of blood for transfusion is limited in Somaliland; as is the evidence relating to knowledge, attitude and practice on blood donation among youth Since youth represent both large share of the population and important group of potential donors, this study attempts to investigate what factors may be important to consider for promoting voluntary blood donation among them. Continue reading “Allogeneic Blood Donation in Hargeisa, Somaliland”

What are the leadership qualities of a good President?

Hussein Ismail Ismailhusen@hotmail.com

Now that the political campaign season is well under way, what kind of political leadership does Somaliland need?

In order to determine what kind of political leadership the nation requires, lets first establish how leadership is defined. The term ‘leadership’ was first coined in the early nineteenth century[i], and refers to ‘the dignity, office, or position of a leader, especially of a political party’s ability to lead’[ii]. To delve more into what political leadership entails we must refer to the renowned Greek Philosopher Aristotle, one of the most authoritative scholars on Political Philosophy, and teacher of Alexander the Great amongst others. The quest to identify who would make the best and most effective leader is as old as civilization itself. As such to determine which of the three Presidential candidates has the best qualities of a political leader, we ought to refer to Aristotle three artistic proofs. According to Aristotle we must all first become good followers before we become good leaders[iii]. Continue reading “What are the leadership qualities of a good President?”