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Review of Abdirazak Fartaag’s Report on Somalia’s 2000-2013 PFM

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen On November 15, 2014, Abdirazak Fartaag, former Director of Public Financial Management (PFM) between 2009 and 2011 at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG), released 131 pages report titled, “Their Own Worst Enemy. How successive governments plundered Somalia’s public resources and why the world looked on” […]

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Assessing Ministerial HLPF Copenhagen Conference on Somalia

By   /  December 2, 2014  /  Columnists, Featured  /  No Comments

Listen In September 2013, International Development Partners (Donors) of Somalia endorsed a three year (2014-2016) “New Deal for Somalia” outlined in the Somali Compact (SC) and Somaliland Special Arrangement (SSA) in Brussels, Belgium and pledged 2.4 billion dollars for its implementation. The SC and SSA are complementary documents to the Provisional Constitution which is the […]

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Put-Up Job for Copenhagen Conference on Somalia

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Columnists, Featured  /  No Comments

Listen The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) are frantically engaged in put-up job for the first Ministerial High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF) Conference on Somalia scheduled to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 19-20, 2014. The agenda is to review the implementation of Somali Compact of […]

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Failed Initiatives befoul Somalia’s future

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  Columnists, Featured  /  No Comments

Listen Despite unprecedented level of foreign interventions particularly since 2000, Somalia lingers as a failed state which is threat to the international peace and security. The installation of permanent federal government in 2012 and the victories over terrorist group Al Shabab did not change Somalia’s misfortune because Somalia’ future is befouled by the outcomes of […]

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Clan Federalism: The Worst option for Statebuiling in Somalia

By   /  October 2, 2014  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen The debate among Somalis over clan federalism (clan segregation) hasn’t produced common understanding and consensus for final bargain because it takes place in vacuum, outside formal democratic process. The federal government has shirked from its leadership responsibility to organize and lead national debate on federalism for legislation as set forth in the provisional constitution. […]

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Ambassador Nicholas Kay: supreme ruler above Somalia’s constitution

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen Optimism for peace and recovery in Somalia has become a transient feeling quickly dashed by the occurrence of violent incidents and discovery of gross wrongdoings. Many observers have expressed cautious optimism for better outlook after the recent killing of Ahmed Godane, leader of Al Qaeda affiliated group Al Shabab by US air strike, the […]

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Again Somalia relapses into hostilities and despair

By   /  September 6, 2014  /  Columnists, Featured  /  No Comments

Listen In addition to ongoing war against terrorist group Al Shabab, looming famine that would affect million people, and intense polarization engendered by the compulsory clan federalism, Somalia suffers many other ills. For background, I hypothesized in my article of June 2014 on the demotion of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud by the International Troika administering […]

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Somalia: Fiscal Budget and Federal Government legitimacy

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen Recently, I came across a document titled “Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) – Appropriation Act for the 2014 Budget,” consisting of Act No 00005 and financial statement. The theme (goals) of the Budget document is “enhancing State capacity for peace, justice, Economic Recovery Program (ERP) and Public financial Management.” Assuming the document is genuine, […]

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Recovery of Somalia’s Overseas Assets: Ill-considered priority

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen The accusations for corruption and abetting terrorism against the federal government gained momentum and credence for the discovery of substantive evidence. In 36 page report dated July 2014, the United Nations’ Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (UN-SEMG) presents “secret” contracts, official communications, and instructions incriminating principally President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and former Foreign Minister […]

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Ugly Clan Federalism Sparks Fresh Turmoil

By   /  August 9, 2014  /  Columnists, Featured, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

Listen The formation of federal Member States (FMS) without legal and political consensus sparks fresh political and social turmoil in all regions of Somalia. It is unequivocally clear that the federal system based on clan ownership of territory has become major obstacle to national reconciliation, peacebuilding, and statebuilding in Somalia. It polluted the notion of […]

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