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Annual Report 2019

2019 has been an exciting and productive year for Somali Public Agenda. It has been ‘the year of production’ for SPA team. It was truly a productive year. We published six quality governance briefs on youth unemployment, public schools in Mogadishu, power sharing in a federal Somalia, the electoral bill, re-institution of political parties, and land prices in Mogadishu and its impact to the urban poor and IDPs. We also published six commentaries on various governance and public service issues including the re-introduction of the Somali shilling in Beledweyne, the 2019 federal government budget, the ‘NGO-ization’ of the public sector, the problems of fused cabinet-parliament membership, dual citizenship, and harmonization of the legislative framework of elections in Somalia. Furthermore, we commenced a Podcast in the Somali language. We produced two podcasts discussing our election briefs. The Podcasts enabled us reach wider Somali audience who may not get the chance to read our work.

As we approach elections in 2020/21, at Somali Public Agenda, we have begun an Election Series of commentaries and briefs. We have already produced two briefs and one commentary on elections in 2019. Each commentary or brief analyzed election-related themes. We will continue to produce evidence-based analysis on elections in 2020.

Our audience increased exponentially in 2019. Our work has been found through online search 3,469 times in 2019. Over 720 people subscribed to our mailing list. Our twitter handle (@somalipubagenda) was followed by 2,044 Twitter users. Our Facebook page has garnered 14,555 likes.

Our three-year strategic plan (2020-2022) has been prepared. The strategic plan guides SPA work through three interlinked steps. First, SPA will undertake policy-oriented and evidence-based research. Second, based on the findings and policy recommendations of the studies, SPA will help design public policies, programmes and projects with the relevant authorities. Third, Somali Public Agenda will offer short training courses to contribute to the building of administrative cadres who can deliver public policies and programmes to the community.

We are grateful to the unwavering support of our distinguished fellows and Board members.  Many thanks are also owed to our supporters and readers whose confidence and encouragement inspire us to do more work for the common good. As we enter our third year, we are looking forward to producing quality research output and help public institutions design human-centered public services.

Read the full annual report here

Review of the Proposed First Past The Post Electoral Model for Somalia

Somalia is in search of an electoral model for the scheduled 2020/21 political transition. An ad hoc 15-member parliamentary committee was mandated to review the National Electoral Bill (NEB) approved by the Council of Ministers. It submitted to the parliament a reviewed version of the NEB at a joint meeting by the two chambers of parliament on 27th November 2019. The Committee proposed a ‘First Past the Post System’ as an electoral model for Somalia. After deliberations, the House of the People of the Somali Federal Parliament approved the election bill on 28th December 2019, and the bill will go to the Upper House for review before a final ratification by the President. Read more

Falanqeyn Nidaamka Doorasho ee Horreeyaa Guuleysta

Soomaaliya waxay baadi goobeysaa hannaan doorasho ee doorashada 2020/21. Guddi baarlamaan oo ka kooban 15 xubnood ayaa loo xilsaaray in ay dib-u-eegis ku sameeyaan Hindise-sharciyeedka Doorashooyinka Qaranka  oo ay ansixiyeen Golaha Wasiirrada. Guddiga waxa uu u gudbiyey kulan wadajir ah oo ay isugu yimaadeen labada aqal ee baarlamaanka 27-kii Noofambar 2019 nuqul cusub oo ah dib-u-eegis ay ku sameeyeen Hinidise-sharciyeedka Doorshooyinka Qaranka. Guddigu waxa uu soo jeediyey nidaamka doorasho ee ‘Horreeyaa Guuleysta’. Dood baarlamaan kadib, Golaha Shacabka ee Baarlamaanka ayaa ansixiyey sharciga 28-kii Diseembar 2019, waxana uu sharciga sugayaa ansixinta Aqalka Sare iyo saxiixa madaxweynaha. Read more

Harmonizing the legislative framework for elections in Somalia

For the first time in 50 years, national one person one vote national elections are expected to happen in Somalia. Three interrelated pieces of legislation guide the national elections namely the Provisional Constitution, the National Electoral Bill (NEB) and the Political Parties Law. Each of these three laws has hitherto been under review. The National Electoral Bill and the proposed amendments of the Political Parties Law are under parliamentary review while an independent and parliamentary committee is reviewing the Provisional Constitution. Read more

Is-waafajinta sharciyada la xiriira doorashooyinka Soomaaliya

Markii ugu horreysay muddo 50 sanno kadib ah, doorashooyin qaran oo qof iyo cod ah ayaa la qorsheynayaa in ay ka dhacaan Soomaaliya. Saddex sharci ayaa haga doorashooyinka qaranka kuwaasoo kala ah Dastuurka Kumeelgaarka ah, Hindise-sharciyeedka Doorashooyinka Qaranka, iyo Sharciga Xisbiyada Siyaasadda oo ay dhammaantood dib-u-eegis ku socoto. Hindise-sharciyeedka Doorashooyinka Qaran iyo Sharciga Xisbiyada Siyaasadda ee wax-ka-beddelka lagu sameeyay ayaa ku jira dib-u-eegis baarlamaan, halka guddi madax-bannaan iyo guddi xildhibaanno ah ay dib-u-eegayaan Dastuurka Kumeelgaarka ah. Read more

Somali Public Agenda

Dib-u-yegleelidda nidaamka xisbiyada badan ee Soomaaliya (Somali Public Agenda Podcast)

Lixdii bishii Sebteembar 2016, madaxweynihii hore ee Soomaaliya, Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud ayaa saxiixay xeerkii xisbiyada ee wakhtiga badan la sugayay, kadib markii xubnaha baarlamaanku ansixiyeen

Xeerka xisbiyada (Xeer No. 19 ee 27 Juun 2016) wuxuu ka koobanyahay 38 qodob iyo 4 jadwal. Sharciga ayaa nidaaminaya arrimo badan oo ay kamid yihiin diiwaangelinta kumeelgaarka ah, diiwaangelinta buuxda, is-baheysiga iyo isku biiridda xisbiyo siyaasadeed, dadka loo oggol yahay in ay ku biiran xisbiyada, xaqa iyo mudnaanta xisbiyada siyaasadeed, diiwaan-kala-laabashada xisbiyada, maalgelinta xisbiyada siyaasadeed, maamul-xisaabeedka xisbiyada iyo xallinta khilaafka u dhexeeya xisbiyada.

Tan iyo markii la ansaxiyay sharciga, konton iyo toddobo (57) xisbi siyaasadeed ayuu si kumeelgaar ah u diiwaangeliyey Guddiga Madaxa-bannaan ee Doorashooyinka Qaranka (GMDQ). Xisbiyadu waxay rajeynayaan inay helaan diiwaangelin buuxda kadib marka ay buuxiyaan shuruudaha sharciga ku xusan, si ay uga qeyb galaan doorashooyinka.

Farxaan Isaaq Yuusuf oo mid kamid ah qorayaasha warbixinta uu daabacay Somali Public Agenda iyo Maxamed Irbad ayaa falanqeynaya sharciga xisbiyada siyaasadeed.

WAREYSI: Qiimaha dhulka Muqdisho iyo saameynta uu ku leeyahay dadka saboolka ah iyo barakacayaasha

Land prices in Mogadishu and its impact on the urban poor and IDPs

Mogadishu is the capital city of Somalia and has the second highest urban population density of any city in the world with over 2 million people. Land, housing and property prices in Mogadishu are the highest in Somalia. The geographic location, security, investment, road infrastructure and availability of basic facilities and services determine the price of land in the city. Commercial banks, landlords, brokers, and IDPs also contribute and have different roles in the increase of land and property value. The government role is limited, and the upsurge of land prices drives (and is driven by) gentrification. Poorer communities can no longer afford to live in areas that have been gentrified and evictions of IDPs has intensified. This governance brief discusses the causes and contributors to the rise of land prices in Mogadishu and its impact on the vulnerable communities. The brief concludes with policy recommendations.

Download the full governance brief

Muqdisho waa caasimadda dalka Soomaaliya, waana magaalada labaad ee ugu cufnaanta badan magaalooyinka caalamka, iyadoo ay ku nool yihiin dad ka badan labo malyan. Qiimaha dhulka ku yaalla Muqdisho waa kan ugu qaalisan Soomaaliya. Goobta uu ku yaallo, amniga, maalgashiga, dhismaha jidadka iyo helitaanka adeegyada aasaasiga ah ayaa go’aamiya qiimaha dhulka ku yaalla magaalada. Bangiyo ganacsi, milkileyaasha guriyaha, dallaallada, iyo barakacayaasha ayaa sidoo kale ka qeyb qaata, kaalin kala duwanna ku leh, sare-u-kaca qiimaha dhulka. Kaalinta dowladda ayaa xaddidan, sare-u-kaca qiimaha dhulkana waxaa ka dhashay barabixin. Qoysaska saboolka ah awood uma laha in ay ku noolaadaan goobaha qiimaha guryaha ku yaalla qaaliyoobeen, guri ka saaridda dadka barakacayaasha ahna way sii korortey. Faalladaan kooban waxaa ay ka hadleysaa sababaha iyo waxyaabaha ka qeyb qaatey sare-u- kaca qiimaha dhulka Muqdisho iyo saameysta uu ku leedahay dadka nugul. Faalladu waxaa ay kusoo gunaanadeysaa talooyin tixgelin mudan.

Getting the party started: re-instituting political parties in Somalia

One person one vote elections are scheduled to be held in Somalia in late 2020 and early 2021. The electoral bill, despite being in a parliamentary review process, stipulates that the electoral model will be proportional representation, closed list, in a single constituency where registered voters will vote for political parties. The pivotal political parties’ law is under a pending amendment for the re-institution of long-lost multi-party politics in Somalia. The law, which consists of 38 articles and four schedules revolving around all issues relating to the regulation of modern political parties, was approved and ratified by the 9th Somali parliament and president respectively in 2016. This governance brief critically reviews the relaxed provisional party registration process, highlights the daunting challenges ahead for full party and voter registration hurdles. The brief also proposes alternative multi-party elections and puts forth policy options and recommendations.

Download the full governance brief

Doorasho qof iyo cod ah ayaa la qorsheynayaa in ay ka qabsoonto Soomaaliya dabayaaqada 2020 iyo horraanta 20201. Hindise-sharciyeedka doorashooyinka, inkastoo uu ku jiro dib-u-eegis baarlamaan, wuxuu qeexayaa in qaabka doorashadu noqon doonto metelaadda isku dheellitiran ee liiska xeran, oo ka dhaceysa hal deegaan doorasho oo ay codbixiyeyaasha diiwaangashani u codeyn doonaan xisbiyo siyaasadeed. Xeerka muhiimka ah ee xisbiyada siyaasadda oo ku jira wax-ka-beddel aan weli dhammaan ayaa nidaaminaya sidii dib loogu unki lahaa siyaasaddii ku dhisneyd xisbiyada badan ee wakhti hore meesha ka baxday. Xeerka oo ka kooban 38 qodob iyo afar jadwal oo ka hadlaya arrimaha la xiriira maamulidda xisbiyada siyaasadeed ee casriga ah, waxaa ansixiyay baarlamaankii 9-aad iyo madaxweynihii Soomaaliya ee sanadii 2016. Warbixintan waxay eegeysaa hanaanka dabacsan ee is-diiwaangelinta xisbiyada, waxay ifineysaa caqabadaha adag ee ku-hor-gudban is-diiwaangelinta dhameystiran ee xisbiyada iyo diiwaangelinta codbixiyaha. Warbixinta waxay sidoo kale soo jeedineysa xulashooyin la xiriira doorashooyinka iyo talooyin tixgelin mudan.

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