About Us

Introduction

Somalia is emerging from a state of institutional weakness and has recently been registering significant progress that is slowly seeing the ‘Failed State’ tag changing to “Somalia rising”. Yet, the country still faces enormous challenges that make it difficult to shake off the fragility perception. Among the many reasons that maintain this prolonged status quo is an acute shortage of think tank institutions that engage coherently in a way that allows them to synergies their efforts in re-establishing viable and functioning state institutions that can undertake the national reconstruction project.

To address this challenge, Somalia needs a set of institutions that have the capacity to create an enabling environment for the Somalis to tackle pertinent issues of policy that will enable the reconstruction process maintain the right course and momentum. It is for this reason that the Horn Institute for Peace and Development — HIPAD exists.

HIPAD is a think tank that contributes to the attainment of multidisciplinary creative solutions for a stable and prosperous Somalia that is at peace with itself, the region and the world at large; a country that embraces democracy and political pluralism through peaceful means. A group of Somali intellectuals established HIPAD to fill the capacity deficiency and formulate policies that effectively respond to the various challenges of the post-conflict reconstruction of Somalia.

HIPAD is an independent, not for profit think tank institution that provides neutral space and enabling environment for research, advocacy and dialogue. HIPAD’s research, advocacy and engagement is aimed at creating space for public participation through dialogue and thereby making a difference in today’s post-conflict Somalia. The institute implements this through innovative and well-thought policy frameworks that further aim at fostering the formulation of sustainable development strategies.

HIPAD’s main function is to provide public policy research, analysis and advice. It operates independently from governments and political parties. While the primary function of this policy institution is to help Somali stakeholders to understand and make informed choices about issues of domestic and international concern, they also have several critical roles, including

  • Promoting policy research to better understand opportunities and challenges facing the process of state building;
  • Creating platform for policy debates addressing social, economic, security and political problems in the country;
  • Identifying, analyzing, and evaluating current policy issues and its impacts on the stability and the development of the country;
  • Training and enhancing the capacity of policy-makers in social, economic, security and political institutions;
  • Publishing and disseminating policy briefs, reports, and research findings to help the public understand domestic and international policy issues;
  • Providing forum for exchange ideas, information and best practices for policy formulation process and its implementation;
  • Studying geopolitical transformations and its intersections locally and regionally;
  • Engaging "issue networks" to influence policies;

HIPAD achieves its objectives by working with various governmental as well as non-governmental actors at all levels of decision-making within the Somali society, by providing influential research and trusted analysis in three major reconstruction themes and sub-themes namely;

  • Political Reconstruction
  • Social Reconstruction
  • Economic Reconstruction
  • Geopolitical Development

Although the amount of work involved in the above themes is vast, HIPAD focuses on the immediate priorities within each theme.

HIPAD is guided by the recognition of Somalia’s real needs in implementing a national reconstruction project of both nation and state building under which values such as integrity, openness, objectivity, inclusiveness and accountability are the guiding principles that are observed strictly. These principles are the prerequisites that guide our scope of work so that HIPAD secures the trust and the confidence of all Somalis as well as that of partners supporting Somalia’s Course.

Vision Statement

To be the leading center of excellence in policy studies, analysis and development in Somalia and Horn of Africa.

Mission Statement

To create a conducive, enabling environment for building consensus around pertinent issues that push the national reconstruction agenda of a new Somalia and Horn of Africa through research, analysis and capacity building.

Core Values

  • Upholding professionalism and ethics in services
  • Good governance, transparency and accountability
  • Operating in Efficiency and effectiveness
  • Providing responsive, prompt, impartial and equitable service

Approach

HIPAD by generating and analyzing credible local and international data, enhance public policy debates and promote more objective, evidence-based decision-making that makes real, sustained improvements in people’s lives. To achieve that the following approaches are adopted by HIPAD

  • Symposiums
  • Policy Engagement
  • Forums
  • Training
  • Mentoring
  • Capacity Development