Somali Institute for Development Research and Analysis (SIDRA) is a private research and development institute whose primary mission is to provide quality research and development services to the public and private entities in Somalia in order to contribute to the attainment of the development priorities of the country. The organization will also build the capacity of other national institutions such as civil society, private sector and the government supported public institutions as well.
The institute's research strategy for 2017 to 2021 is based on the major transition that is taking place across the Somali development landscape. To contribute to this transition, the institute is focusing on two broad areas of good governance
And social development as elaborated below:
· Democracy: Somalia is an economy without state. There are structural issues related to the political economy of governance, which touch upon the formulation and operation of the forms of democratic institutions suitable for the local setting and environment so as to ensure peace, stability and good governance. Critical profiles of this dimension are the institutions and rules to facilitate the smooth conduct of political and economic administration. SIDRA could indeed play a critical role in setting up the institutional infrastructure involving appropriate government institutions, information base and its utilization for policy.
· Rule of law: One critical constraint on the development of Somalia is the threat to peace, security and development on account of violent conflict, organized crime, illegal networks permeating industry and politics. There is an urgent need to undertake evidence based research on appropriate policy responses to such threats to the development of Somalia. In a similar way, there is a need to define economic institutions to facilitate the functioning of markets in the development process of Somalia. This is an area that would need considerable empirical research on Somalia.
· Poverty eradication: Poverty is a major factor hindering citizen participation in all the dimensions of social development. There is a need to estimate and assess the magnitude of poverty, food insecurity, extent of inequality, examine their root causes, guarantee basic needs for all and facilitate the access of the poor to productive resources (e.g. credit, education and training) to promote livelihood opportunities for all.
· Education: Inadequate human and institutional capital is a critical constraint on Somali development agenda. SIDRA, as a knowledge hub, would provide the know how for building both human and physical capital. This would cover policy missions ranging from evaluation of institutional capacity to formulation of strategies, monitoring implementation and final assessment of outcomes.
· Health: Health is a resource for everyday life hence good health is a major resource for social, economic and personal development and an important dimension of quality of life. Political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, behavioral and biological factors can all favor health or be harmful to it. SIDRA seeks to lay the foundation for the realization of the vision set in the National Development Plan for the health sector of achieving ”The highest possible health status, for a healthy and productive nation”. The research outcomes will guide policy and program development as well as the delivery of health services.
· Environment and Energy: Environment, energy and climate change are major areas of global policy concern today. SIDRA would explore pragmatic policy solutions on these issues in consultation with relevant stakeholders.