Quotes

“Very glad to participate in the well-organized event as a guest speaker. During the Q&A session, I provided comprehensive clarification and explanations regarding the proposed constitutional amendments to chapters 1-4 of the constitution. I was impressed by the thoughtfulness and critical thinking displayed by the participants. Their questions not only highlighted their interest in the subject matter but also their commitment to shaping the future of our constitution. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the organizers, Somali Public Agenda, for their dedication and hard work in ensuring the success of this event. Their commitment to promoting civic engagement and facilitating meaningful discussions is truly commendable.”

Burhan Adan Omar Chairperson of the Independent Constitutional Review Commission (ICRIC)

“I thank the members of the parliamentary Oversight Committee for their hard work over the last five days, and the former committee members who assisted us in understanding the work done by the eighth and ninth parliaments. I would also like to thank the experts from the Somali Dialogue Platform and Somali Public Agenda who presented us research papers and studies on the contentious political issues that need to be agreed upon politically and constitutionally.”

Hussein Idow Chair of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee

“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

“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.”

Abdirisak Omar Member of Somali Federal Parliament and Former Minister of Internal Security of the Federal Government of Somalia

“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

“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

“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