Category: Research

Somaliland Moving Forward

New ways of doing things in a tough neighbourhood

‘You see,’ says President Muse Bihi Abdi, pointing to an area to the east on the giant map of Somaliland covering the one wall of the presidential briefing room in Hargeisa, ‘in this area, clan members think “I have a gun, I am the government”’ explaining why the area is spotted with Al-Shabaab fighters and his government continues to battle to establish governance. Continue reading “Somaliland Moving Forward”

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Somaliland SDG16+ Progress Report

Despite the government of Somaliland not taking part in the negotiation process that led to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, it has proactively engaged on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It has endorsed the SDGs and included them in its national development framework, the National Development Plan II (NDPII), as an expression of the commitment to the agenda. Continue reading “Somaliland SDG16+ Progress Report”

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Questions on Somaliland Foreign Policy with Dr Sa’ad Ali Shire- the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

It was not so long ago that we, Somaliland Intellectuals Institute (SII), had an exclusive interview with Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire who was then the Minister of Foreign Office and International Cooperation. It was more befitting to have this published whilst he was in the capacity of the Foreign Minister. Alas, this is fate and perhaps inevitable as the political landscape in Somaliland is at an ever-increasing level of fluidity. Continue reading “Questions on Somaliland Foreign Policy with Dr Sa’ad Ali Shire- the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation”

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Unemployed Youth in Somaliland Deserves the Opportunity of Extracting Gold from their Rich Soil

Last week, the Minister of Energy & Minerals of Somaliland, His Excellency Jama Mahmoud Egal, has issued a directive banning the import of Metal Detecting Devices used for gold prospecting. On the same day, there were International press reports indicating that Sudan has exported some 78 tons of gold during the first 9 months of 2018. Earlier, the Government of Somaliland has barred the people of Sanaag Region from prospecting for gold in the mountains of that beautiful region. Continue reading “Unemployed Youth in Somaliland Deserves the Opportunity of Extracting Gold from their Rich Soil”

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The Life of the mentally ill Patients in Somaliland

In Somaliland, one in three families has at least one relative with psychiatric disorders. In a land where traditional medicine is far more widespread than modern health care, psychiatric patients in Somaliland are chained, immersed in “healing” waters and subjected to prayers, exorcisms and miraculous herbs. The sheikh, the old sages, are consulted more than the medical professionals are. Continue reading “The Life of the mentally ill Patients in Somaliland”

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