Publications

Climate Change in Somalia: Turning Challenges into Opportunities Climate change poses a great risk to the livelihoods of the Somali people. This is because the Somali natural environment and associated production systems are highly vulnerable to climate change. This policy brief address this problem by: (1) Assessing the key bio-physical constrains faced by the Somali natural environment, (2) Examining development challenges that reduce the adaptive capacity of the natural environment and production systems, (3) Based on 1 and 2, identifying actions that can be taken by government, local communities and development agencies to reduce climate change vulnerability. Click on the…
Drought recurrence is a persistent phenomenon in Somalia. The latest one has continued for the last three years. Although the subdued Gu rains that fell between April and May provided some temporary relive, the depressed nature of this critical precipitation means the country is still experiencing the pangs of the drought to a great extent. At least for the herding community rainfall does not mark the end of drought. Rainfall failure is traditionally viewed as primary cause of a drought shock. Furthermore, overexploitation of natural resources leading to their degradation especially the vegetation cover (trees, grass etc) is a major…
This study was carried out between September and November 2016 in close consultation with Somali police forces (Somali Police Force, Puntland Police Force and Somaliland Police Force), and addressed research questions that relate to female police officers. It covered demographics, strategic targets and initiatives, literacy levels and training, roles and functions, obstacles and perceptions, facilities, and sta development policies. Data was collected from 9 locations across the country, including Mogadishu, Kismayo, Baidoa, Borama, Hargeisa, Burao, Garowe, Bosaaso and Qardho through a public survey, a focus group discussion and key informant interviews. The public survey of the Somali police force was…
The Gulf Crisis: Why Somalia should take a Critical Distance To better understand the position the Somali government should take regarding the Gulf crisis, the Somalia Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA) carried out a policy briefing study in five of the major cities of Somalia (Mogadishu, Kismayo, Baidoa, Garowe and Adado). The study collected data through public surveys and key informant Interviews. For the public interview, 166 respondents were engaged in each city and a total of 830 respondents completed the study questionnaire. 50 key informant interviews were conducted in the five cities. Click on the download button…
Gender in Higher Education in Puntland: From Accessibility to Creating Supportive Environment for Women in Higher Education and Research Female educational attainments are associated with women’s capacity to make informed decisions about various aspects of life, including health, marriage, and reproduction. To discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in higher education and possible solutions, SIDRA arranged a knowledge exchange conference to discuss ‘gender in higher education in Puntland, Somalia on 21-23 November, 2016. This policy brief is based primarily on the output of the conference. Click on the download button to download the full Policy Brief. Download
Women and Value Chain Analysis & Private Sector Development Study in Puntland The women and value chain analysis and private sector development study was commissioned by a consortium of KAALO Aid and Development Somalia, Forum for Africa Women Educationist (FAWE)Somalia and Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development (GECPD). It was carried out in January 2017 by Somalia Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA). Click on the download button to download the full Policy Brief. Download
European Union Somalia Gender Analysis Study This gender analysis study of Somalia was carried out between October and November 2016 with the aim of providing a foundation for the implementation in Somalia and Somaliland of the EU “Gender Action Plan Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women through EU External Relations 2016-2020 (GAP II)”, which has been formally adopted by the Council in October 2015 and which provides the framework for the European Commission's (EC), the European External Action Services' (EEAS) and European Member States' (MS) approach to gender equality through external relations for the…
2016 Elections in Somalia: The Rise of Somali Women's New Political Movements The study entitled ​‘2016 Elections in Somalia - The Rise of the New Somali Women's Political Movements' was carried out between September 2015 and April 2016 and looked at how Somali women and Somali women political movements are organizing themselves in anticipation of the political transformations taking place in Somalia including the 2016 Somali elections. The study investigated in details Somali women’s political activism in and out of Somalia including emerging organizations and networks such as online social networks by looking at three study areas and 10 research…
Policy Brief: Sustainable Development Goals for Somalia: Policy Imperatives of Localization Experience in the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals has brought out the limitations of the top down approach. There is an urgent need for localizing its successor programme, the Sustainable Development Goals. such an approach in Somalia would call for both structural and institutional changes in order to facilitate citizen participation in defining and implementing the SDGs. This policy brief sets out a preliminary agenda for the same. Click on the download button to download the full Policy Brief. Download
Announcement: Training Course on "Climate Change and Adaptation" The Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA) is delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming 2 weeks Training Course on “Climate Change and Adaptation” to be held in Garowe on 6th to 17th of December 2015. Why choose SIDRA? We provide trainings with a capacity-building goal; so as to ensure that our trainings will contribute to a sustainable change. Introduction This 2 weeks training course is aimed at providing an overview of Climate Change Science , Climate Change Scenario, Responses to Climate Change and Justice, and Basic Terminology. This…