Annual Report 2023

Annual Reports

2023 was another productive year for the Somali Public Agenda (SPA). We published a record 19 papers, held a new record of 24 forums, produced 24 podcast episodes, trained 39 bloggers, trained 18 humanitarian actors in fostering resilience in line with core humanitarian standards, started intensive 3-monthslong research training to young researchers, engaged and talked to local and international media, attended conferences and workshops, trained 4 interns, and started working with like-minded institutions.

In 2023, SPA conducted and published various extensive studies. We published a total of 19 papers including 4 research reports, 1 policy paper, 7 governance briefs, and 7 commentaries. This was by far the year with the most publications over the past six years. We undertook research and analysis on key governance and public service issues in Somalia including security, fiscal and service decentralization, durable solutions, public participation in political processes, the National Consultative Council (NCC) agreements on contentious political issues, education, and urban mobility.

SPA produced joint research reports with other research institutions in 2023. We published a study with the Rift Valley Institute (RVI)’s Somali Dialogue Platform on expanding public participation in politics. SPA published a joint study with the African Cities Research Consortium (ACRC) & Tana Copenhagen on safety and security in Mogadishu. We also co-published a study on durable solutions capacities in Kismayo and Afgoye with the Research and Evidence Facility (REF) led by SOAS University of London.

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