Year: 2017

The Role of Business in Maintaining Peace in Somaliland

Ahmed M. Musa is Doctoral Researcher at the University of Nairobi.
Cindy Horst Research Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

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


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



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

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?”

Finnish may be Somaliland’s next president

Abdulkadir Abdi on Finland’s Somalia Network knows the two presidential candidates by name

Two out of three presidential candidates are affiliated with Finland when Somaliland goes to elections on Monday after more than two years of waiting.

This is the third time Somaliland chooses president since the region declared its independence.The sitting president, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud , termed office two years ago, and after that the election has been postponed several times. In June 2015, both the presidential and parliamentary elections will be held until April 2017. In April, elections will be held once again due to severe drought. Continue reading “Finnish may be Somaliland’s next president”

What Next for Somaliland’s Foreign Policy after the Election?

YACQUB ISMAIL from Somaliland is a student of politics and economics at the University of Bristol.

Somaliland’s presidential elections next week offer the self-declared Horn of Africa nation an opportunity to re-examine its foreign policy. Until now, it has sought to engage all its neighbours – except Somalia. But the nation seems keen to take sides in conflicts in the Middle East. Somaliland needs to engage, but not to create opponents in, the international system.

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Traditional Birth Attendants to promote maternal health in Sierra Leone and Somaliland

Efforts to take forward universal health coverage require innovative approaches in fragile settings, which experience particularly acute human resource shortages and poor health indicators. For maternal and newborn health, it is important to innovate with new partnerships and roles for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to promote maternal health. We explore perspectives on programs in Somaliland and Sierra Leone which link TBAs to health centers as part of a pathway to maternal health care. Our study aims to understand the perceptions of communities, stakeholder and TBAs themselves who have been trained in new roles to generate insights on strategies to engage with TBAs and to promote skilled birth attendance in fragile affected settings Continue reading “Traditional Birth Attendants to promote maternal health in Sierra Leone and Somaliland”