My Internship at SPA: A Reflection

Days are passing so quickly, but the timing, the place, and the colleagues can be the difference makers. I was fortunate that these factors have sided with me and made my one-month internship at the Somali Public Agenda one of the most memorable and cheeriest months in my academic and career journey. As a young undergraduate student, who needed a place for training and internship, I found Somali Public Agenda (SPA) to be the best option. Read more

Personal Reflection on a Life-Changing Three-Month Internship at SPA

I have been interning at Somali Public Agenda (SPA) since the beginning of July 2020, and this is a reflection on how the three-month internship experience has set me up for success. The experience was truly amazing. It opened doors for me that otherwise would have remained closed. Read more

SPA’s New Service Design and Training Centers

When Somali Public Agenda was established in early 2018, it had a unique methodology. The approach combined research, public service design, and training on governance and service delivery issues in Somalia.

The three portfolios are interconnected. As can be seen on the website, SPA research focuses on seven thematic areas namely decentralization, public bureaucracy, and local administration; democratization and elections; financial governance; security, justice, and rule of law; urban planning and land administration; employment; and, education system and health services. Read more

How our Election Series is informing policymakers and citizens on Somalia elections

A year ago (July 2019), Somali Public Agenda team began its Election Series, a series of briefs and commentaries concerning elections in Somalia. The aim of the series is to inform policy makers, practitioners, and citizens and provide a balanced analysis on election-related themes.

The Election Series was self-financed; and SPA did not seek financial support from other organizations. Some of the profits generated from the translation services by SPA subsidiary company – Tayo Translations – were directed towards and financed the SPA’s work on elections. Read more

Somali Public Agenda

Testimonials

“Somali Public Agenda, in collaboration with Radio Ergo, issued a quite rare report on the distribution of aid following the floods in Hiiraan. The report highlights challenges regarding coordination, accountability, transparency and inclusion concerning the distribution of aid in the flood affected areas. While the respondents and debaters were quite limited in number, the findings have a kind of ‘truth value’ that merits attention.”

– Albert Soer
Portfolio Manager Economic Recovery and Institutional Development, UNDP Somalia
May 2020

 

“Development doesn’t come by accident. It’s based on research, deeper understanding of the issues/challenges and well thought-through solutions that is acceptable and workable to all stakeholders. Your research institution comes in handy in terms of helping members of the public, civil societies and the government to find solutions to key governance challenges in Somalia.”

– Simon Mulongo
Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia – AMISOM
February 2020

 

“I have read your critical analysis of the electoral bill. I am a member of a 15-member parliamentary select committee tasked to review the bill. Your analysis very objectively addressed some of the ambiguities of the bill, and I agree with the conclusions drawn from the analysis. When we start deliberations on the bill, we will contact you to get your insights and input to improve the bill with the intention of holding fair and free election that contributes to democracy and good governance.”

– Abdirizak Omar
Member of Somali Federal Parliament and Former Minister of Internal Security of the Federal Government of Somalia
July 2019

 

“The article [on local governance] is very interesting and makes a strong case for investment in Somalia local governments. I read the recommendations with particular interest, especially the potential of local governments to attract young graduates and thereby contribute to addressing the problem of youth unemployment.”

– Isatou Batonon
Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF Somalia
July 2018

 

“I fully agree with you on all counts of your brilliant analysis [on the constitutional review process]. I will take your input and place it within policy deliberations platforms.”

– Abdi Hosh
Lawyer and the Minister of Constitutional Affairs of the Federal Government of Somalia
June 2018