Month: March 2018

Somalia’s Protest to UN about Somaliland Engagement with UAE Hit a Roadblock

UNITED NATIONS, March 28 — The day after Somalia in the UN Security Council complained of Somaliland engagement with the United Arab Emirates, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Farhan Haq for the UN’s position.
He said it is a bilateral matter between Somalia and… the UAE. Continue reading “Somalia’s Protest to UN about Somaliland Engagement with UAE Hit a Roadblock”

Somaliland: Hargeisa Hosts High-level Meeting on Comprehensive Police Reforms

A high-level police conference was held in the “Somaliland” capital of Hargeisa yesterday and focused on strengthening the “Somaliland” Police Force.

The conference discussed the implementation of comprehensive reforms that would complement the Police Act, which was recently signed into law by the President of “Somaliland” Muse Bihi Abdi. Participants included the Ministers of Interior and Justice, the Deputy Minister of Planning & Development, “Somaliland” police chiefs, senior government officials, the United Nations and other representatives of international community, as well as members of local civil society organizations. Continue reading “Somaliland: Hargeisa Hosts High-level Meeting on Comprehensive Police Reforms”

Remarks on Somaliland in Q&A about Resolving the Crisis and Sustaining Peace in Somalia

The event was held at Overseas Development Institute in London UK on 14 March 2018 16:30 – 18:00 GMT
Contributing chair: Mary Harper,
Speakers: Rashid Abdi, Michael Keating, Ken Menkhaus, and Sara Pantuliano

Five panelists address four key questions at this event on Somalia’s future:

  • How should we address the conflict drivers in Somalia?
  • What should the Government of Somalia do to mitigate the risk of uncertainty with the pending withdrawal of Mission (AMISOM)?
  • Should the African Union play a bigger role in containing and defusing conflicts caused by Al-Shabaab?
  • How can the international community support Somalia to foster peace and national reconciliation?

Sara Pantuliano is a Managing Director at ODI, where she has led the humanitarian team for six years. She is a member of the Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Managing Editor of Disasters Journal and a Trustee of IRIN news and SOS Sahel

Rashid Abdi is the International Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa Project Director based in Nairobi. Formerly, he was Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa Senior Analyst specialising in security issues in the region.

Mary Harper is the Africa Editor at the BBC World Service and author of ‘Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State’. She is a fellow at the Rift Valley Institute and the Mogadishu-based Heritage Institute for Policy Studies

Michael Keating is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia.

Kenneth Menkhaus is a political scientist and a professor at Davidson College in North Carolina, where he has taught since 1991. Dr Menkhaus is a specialist on Somalia and the Horn of Africa, where he’s published more than 100 articles, book chapters, monographs, and reports, including Somalia: State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism and ‘Somalia Conflict Analysis’.

Source: ODI

Researchers Pilot System-using Electro-Dialysis to Produce Safe Drinking Water

The demand for cost-effective desalination is increasing with the growing population and the need for safe drinking water, driving continuous innovation in the sector. Revived water, a pilot project led by FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V., is focusing on the potential of electrodialysis for desalination applications, both as stand-alone systems and in combination with established desalination technologies. Continue reading “Researchers Pilot System-using Electro-Dialysis to Produce Safe Drinking Water”

Hadraawi: The Somali Shakespeare

In Hargeisa, the capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland, everyone knows the nation’s most famous living poet – Hadraawi. They call him their Shakespeare. The poetry of Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame ‘Hadraawi’ holds a mirror up to all aspects of life. Born in 1943 to a nomadic camel-herding family, forged as a poet in Somalia’s liberal years pre-1969, jailed in 1973 for ‘anti-revolutionary activities’ without trial under the military junta, a campaigner for peace, Hadraawi’s poetry tells the story of modern Somalia. Continue reading “Hadraawi: The Somali Shakespeare”