June 8, 2015
Garowe, Somalia. – To help inform public understanding and policymaking at a time when Somalia is increasingly at the crossroads in many important policy areas, Hayaan Institute for Research and Policy (Hayaan Institute) was launched in Garowe, Somalia. The Institute will provide rigorous impartial research and evidence-based perspectives on both pressing and perennial public issues including governance, economics, health, education, energy and the environment.
Hayaan Institute will produce policy relevant reports, briefs and legislative guides written by associate experts, including researchers and policy analysts with extensive experience in Somalia. The Institute’s primary focus area is in the socio-economic and governance sector, an area almost entirely neglected by both local and international research organisations. All the institute’s materials will be free.
“Hayaan Institute will focus on providing high quality, independent and groundbreaking analysis and will endeavour to make research relevant” said Sharmarke Farah, Executive Director. “In general, we believe providing the public and policymakers with evidence-based research propels discussions on how to improve our society at all levels.” Mr. Farah added, “with our combined expertise in issues like economic and social development, as well as governance and the environment, Hayaan Institute can address the country’s challenges in the context of Somalia’s fast moving political environment and other real-world perspectives.”
The Vice President of Puntland H.E. Abdihakim Abdullahi Haji Omar, said “I urge Hayaan to make their priority and researches relevant to the context. It should be readily available in Somali and easily understood by educators, policymakers and practitioners.” “I am confident Hayaan work will in the literal sense of the Somali word be able to transition Somalia and Puntland to a better place” Said the Minister of Justice, Ismail Mohamed Warsame. “We believe the Hayaan Institute will fill some important gaps in information and analysis,” said Dr. Mohamed Ali Farah, Deputy Ministry of Education.
The Institutes materials are available at www.hayaaninstitute.org.
About Hayaan Institute
Established in 2013, with headquarters in Garowe, Puntland, Hayaan Institute for Research and Policy is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organisation that conducts behavioral, economic and social science research and delivers technical assistance in the areas of economics, education, health, energy, the environment, and governance. The institute’s purpose is to serve leaders and the public through research and education on the most important issues of the day. For more information, visit www.hayaaninstitute.org.