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Research in Somalia: opportunities for cooperation

Research reports

Written by Arnaldo Pellini, Amina Khan, Ed Laws

Hero image description: Somali students take notes in a classroom at the Somali National University, Mogadishu, 2014 Image credit:Ilyas A. Abukar/AMISOM

Research cooperation between Somalia and Sweden began in 1982, but was interrupted in the early 1990s due to the civil war. As Somalia gradually starts the process of institution-building and shifting towards a federal system, the Swedish government is considering whether and in what form to re-establish its support for domestic research capabilities.

This report for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and in partnership with the Somali Institute for Development Research and Analysis (SIDRA) investigates opportunities for research cooperation in Somalia. The study was organised around three guiding questions:

  • What are the key enabling factors and barriers to research performance and academic freedom at universities in Somalia today?
  • What are the current ongoing initiatives termed, defined or categorised as ‘research’ support or cooperation to and in Somalia?
  • What are the different opportunities and modalities for support to and organisation of research cooperation in Somalia?
Somali students take notes in class at the Somali National University, Mogadishu, 2014 
Arnaldo Pellini with Deqa I. Abdi, Guled Salah, Hussein Yusuf Ali, Kalinaki Lawrence Quintin, Mohamed Abdi Hassan, Salim Said, Amina Khan and Ed Laws