Addressing contentious issues on elections in the constitutional review process

This policy paper aims to contribute to a better informed, inclusive and realistic discussion of Somalia’s future elections. In providing an analysis of the provisional federal constitution’s revised Chapter 4, it offers insights that parliamentarians and other stakeholders can make use of in debates concerning the constitutional review process and the core components of the NCC election agreement.

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.

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.

Revitalizing the negotiation of contentious political issues: Key considerations going forward

The start of a new political cycle presents a fresh opportunity for Somalis to address the contentious issues obstructing the country’s path towards a more stable and prosperous post-conflict future. This can be achieved through a careful revival, enhancement and institutionalization of effective and inclusive political negotiation and dialogue mechanisms. This paper outlines several options to support these objectives, including considerations for how to design an effective negotiation architecture, as well as an outline of key thematic areas on which to focus dialogue.