Tag: democracy

Edna Adan Ismail: midwife and champion of women’s health

Adan has had a remarkable career. Her work has encompassed “delivering babies under a tree”, serving as the first woman director of the Somali Ministry of Health in 1976, and being the WHO representative in Djibouti. Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991 after a civil war, although it is still not internationally recognised. Adan founded her hospital in the new state and also took up political roles as its minister of social affairs and family welfare in 2002 and as foreign minister from 2003 to 2006. The cause of women has been an enduring concern during her wide-ranging career. John Acree, Vice-President of International Programmes at International Medical Corps, calls her a “trailblazer”. Continue reading “Edna Adan Ismail: midwife and champion of women’s health”

Somaliland – The presidential Election and After (Event day:19 January 2018)

The presidential Election and After (Event day:19 January 2018)


HE Dr. Saad Ali Shire – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Somaliland – from 4.45 Min. on the podcast
Dr. Michael Walls (International Election Observation Mission) – from 19.00 Min. on the podcast
Nimao Ali (co-founder of Daughters of Eve and civic activist) – from 40.10 Min. on the podcast

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Clan Democracy in Somaliland: Prospects and Challenges

By: Hamse Khayre

Since Somaliland withdrew from its union with Somalia in 1991 a nascent democratic system have been implemented. The national charter approved soon after the union withdrawal established a government where the power sharing system was based on clan lines. Subsequently, the constitution of the republic, which was approved by a unanimous national referendum in 2001, stipulates that from the date of approval of the constitution the country directly transfers to a multiparty democratic system instead of a clan system. Continue reading “Clan Democracy in Somaliland: Prospects and Challenges”

Somaliland: A Model for Democracy in Africa

By Musa M. Isse

The first-ever Somaliland Presidential Election Debate has been held in Hargeisa last Thursday, October 19, 2017. All three presidential candidates from the three political parties, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdilllahi from Waddani, Musa Bihi Abdi from Kulmiye and Faisal Ali Warabe from Ucid participated in the debate. It was a well-organized debate similar to the American Presidential debate, with an intelligent and educative performance by the presidential hopefuls. The debate lasted approximately three hours with the central focus on critical national issues such as justice, health, security, education, economy, inflation, unemployment, foreign affairs and human rights.

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