About us

The Institute for strategic initiatives and Research (ISIR) is an independent, non-partisan organization that uses research to inform its policy advocacy work. It undertakes impartial policy research, training and analysis to organizations and decision makers in the horn of African region who are working toward innovative thinking to stimulate formulation of sound public policies leading to positive outcomes in the fields of peace & security, good governance, safeguarding human rights and democracy. ISIR is concurrently seeking to be instrumental in creating spaces for dialogue on the bases of research based evidences through public forums so that voices and perspectives of those affected by policies and decisions are brought to the national arena.

Vision

ISIR envisions viable and peaceful states across the horn of Africa committed to the principles of good governance where citizens enjoy their inalienable rights on equal footing without discriminatory grounds.

Mission

ISIR is an independent not-for-profit think tank dedicated to contribute building of democratic, pluralistic societies and effective public institutions in Somaliland and other horn of African countries through research and analysis. ISIR seeks to encourage thoughtful debate and inform decision markers on critical issues that matter to the public by providing relevant policy recommendations, research and strategic analysis.

Guiding Principles

The work of the Institute for strategic Initiatives & Research (ISIR) is underpinned and guided by the following principles: (1) Transparency and accountability to all relevant stakeholders (2) Maintaining creativity and innovative ideas that ensure ISIR to keep pace with dramatically changing environment. And (3) Unwavering commitment to maintain objectivity, impartiality and independent evidence based researches.

Strategies

ISIR uses dual purpose strategies first ISIR aims to undertake research on democracy, governance, peace and security issues and furnish concerned actors with informed recommendations in this regard. Secondly ISIR organizes forums of dialogues among influential actors and those affected by national policies and decisions. To this end, forums will act as a catalyst for change - seeking to stimulate reflections on the status quo through series of open discussion forums for citizens in relevant horn of Africa regions..

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Geeddi Socodka Dimuqraadiyadda Somaliland: Marka si qoto dheer loo derso

Geeddi Socodka Dimuqraadiyadda Somaliland: Marka si qoto dheer loo derso

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DEMOCRATIZATION PROCESS IN SOMALILAND: A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE

DEMOCRATIZATION PROCESS IN SOMALILAND: A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE

The year 2002 marked the return of the multiparty elections in Somaliland. It comes after two decades of authoritarian rule in what some refer as the primary cause of the failed Union. Then followed by a short term of traditional governance through a national charter signed between the clans before a constitution was drafted and

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ISIR ANALYTICS:  POST ELECTION POLITICAL IMPASSE IN SOMALILAND.

ISIR ANALYTICS: POST ELECTION POLITICAL IMPASSE IN SOMALILAND.

Following the November 2017 presidential elections, political parties in Somaliland have engaged a protracted political wrestling. After numerous unsuccessful rounds of negotiations, the European Union Ambassador to Somalia, Mr. Nicolas Berlanga, has brokered a political settlement between the three parties of Somaliland on the

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IS THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY DECLINING IN SOMALILAND?  DISCUSSION PAPER

IS THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY DECLINING IN SOMALILAND? DISCUSSION PAPER

The idea of civil society movements in the Somali territories and in particularly Somaliland goes back to colonial time when clubs for public orientation, education and even independence movements were formed to resist the colonial administrations. However, it was formalized after the independence and particularly during the nin

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