Hinda: A personal reflection on my three-month internship at SPA

On November 18, 2020, a WhatsApp message notification reached my phone through the Siraad Initiative group announcing the release of a female-only research training opportunity titled ‘Qualitative Research Training for Female Researchers’ by Somali Public Agenda. Even though I was in Hargeisa at the time, I didn’t hesitate to apply for the in person training as my travel to Mogadishu was already been scheduled and approaching. Read more

2021: Somali Public Agenda’s Year in Review

2021 was another productive year for Somali Public Agenda. Despite the electoral impasse, armed clashes in Mogadishu, and the various other humanitarian, security, and Covid-19 challenges that Somalia faced, SPA produced 12 publications in total, including 6 governance briefs, 3 research reports, and 3 commentaries. Read more

A Personal Reflection on a My Three-Month Internship at SPA

Time flies instantly and things evolve quickly. It was only the other day (3rd July 2021) when I joined Somali Public Agenda (SPA) as an intern and become part of a loving, caring, and result-driven family. Three months have passed since that important day, but it feels to me like it has only been 3 days. Read more

Personal Reflection on My Internship at SPA

My three-month internship with the Somali Public Agenda (SPA) has come to an end. The internship was a great opportunity for me to acquire various skills and experiences. I am grateful for this opportunity at SPA. A few of the things that I learned while working with the SPA were discipline, respect and time management. Read more

My Internship at SPA: A Personal Reflection

The sun’s reflection is beaming through my open window, telling me it’s time to wake up. But the normalcy was thrown into the trash. I was staring at the ceiling and the fever of my body is saying everything.

The Covid-19 has been gradually altering everything, and we’re working from home because of the virus. Read more

2020: Somali Public Agenda’s Year in Review

2020 has been a challenging but productive year for Somali Public Agenda. Despite the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic and other problems for Somalia this year, SPA was able to navigate through and managed to publish 16 papers in total, including reports, briefs, and commentaries. Our production was four publications higher than our 12 pieces in 2019. Of the 16 publications, 10 were commentaries, 4 were governance briefs, and 2 were research reports. Read more

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