COP27 outcomes and their implications for Somalia

In some ways, COP27 has some important takeaways for Somalia. The commitments made on adaptation finance and loss and damage fund will allow climate-vulnerable countries like Somalia a small safety net to be able to not only adapt to the impacts of climate change but also afford them the ability to recover when disaster strikes. However, this will only materialize if red tape around accessing climate finance is swiftly addressed.

Decentralized but contested: Examining the federal government’s decentralization of educational services in Mogadishu to the Benadir Regional Administration

The education decentralization to Benadir Regional Administration has achieved some success. Nonetheless, the implementation of the MoU has not gone smoothly. It has been beset by problems mainly stemming from public school expenditure and administration. The dispute continues unresolved though parties have made unsuccessful efforts to bring it to an end.

The Rise of Youth Gangs (Ciyaal Weero) in Mogadishu

This governance brief examines the factors that contributed to the rise of Ciyaal Weero, their impact on security and mobility in Mogadishu, and puts forward some policy considerations including control of the import of drugs, development of a government strategy to tackle the youth gangs, and the creation of job opportunities.

Maalidda dowladda Soomaaliya: siyaasadda isbeddel la’aanta

Hannaanka doorashada dadban oo suurtageliyay in siyaasiyiinta dhaqaalaha iyo awoodda leh ay xukunka yimaadaan (ama xoogaan), beesha caalamka oo lacag ku taageerta dowladda, iyo isla xisaabtan la’aan ayaa abuurtay dhaqan ay siyaasiyiintu ku maalaan dowladda oo ay ku hodmaan. Xaaladdan waxa ay Soomaaliya ka jirtay dhowr iyo labaatankii sano ee lasoo dhaafay ama wayba kasii horreysay, dhaqankanna wuu xididdeystay.

Milking the Somali government: the politics of the status quo

Flawed electoral processes that enable privileged politicians to come to power (or simply grab it), an international community that pours money into the government, and a lack of accountability have created a culture whereby politicians milk the government and enrich themselves. This has certainly been the pattern over the past decade or so, but the roots of the problem run deep.

Data sharing and third-party monitoring in humanitarian response

This paper explores risks and mitigation efforts around data sharing for the humanitarian sector through a focus on the data sharing relationships involved in third-party monitoring. It
provides insights into data sharing risks linked to the introduction of external, often private sector, organizations into the humanitarian ecosystem.

Policy options for resolving the status of Mogadishu

Agreement on Mogadishu’s status remains critical. Inclusive political dialogue and public discussion on policy options is essential for developing the buy-in and consensus necessary to support an effective constitutional review process led by the MoCA, ICRIC, OC and, ultimately, parliament.

Options for allocating powers in Somalia’s federal system

Meaningful and inclusive political dialogue on the allocation of powers is essential. As such, this paper outlines a framework for analyzing the issue, as well as the available options for starting a dialogue on relevant political processes.

The Role of Religious Actors in Contemporary Somali Politics: Key Dynamics and Opportunities for Engagement

The role of religious actors in contemporary Somali politics report examines the different religious actors active in Somali politics and their position and role in Somali society more generally. It offers a new perspective on how the Somali government can engage with religious actors, and provides suggestions on how external actors can avoid developing wholly negative views of actors that exert crucial and often positive influence across the varied landscape of Somali political, economic and social life.