Somaliland Governance Sector Forum

Participated in a panel discussion on ‘#Democratization and #Decentralization” at #Somaliland Governance Sector Forum meeting. The meeting was held at Maansoor Hotel on 30th June 2019.

Mr. Abdikadir Askar, Director of Planning, Ministry of Information, Culture and National Guidance

Mr. Mohamud Yusuf, Ministry of Parliamentary Relations and Constitution

Mr. Abdi Gurey, Director General, Ministry of Interior

Somaliland Governance Sector Forum

The political relevancy of ‘new’ social movements, particularly at a time the world is witnessing huge unequal power relations among society, is increasingly becoming vital. New social movements are perceived as a formidable challenge to authority,  dominance and political system in society. Their primary aims are to fix the gaps within the society regarding economic, social and political inequalities. The citizen-driven approach to recreate the roles of society and State, particularly in the modern democracies, is what’s labelled as ‘new social movement’ of which the essay particularly sheds light on. The point of the essay is to examine how the ‘new’ social movements defend poor people’s interests citing examples of new global incidents in Latin America (particularly Mexico) and the Arab world. Furthermore, the essay draws a line between ‘new’ and ‘old’ social movement at the beginning while also explaining their distinctive features in terms of goals, development and tactics. In the end, the essay’s argument is based on the notion that new social movements (NSMs) defend poor people’s interests even though there is conflictual orientation among members of new social movements.  Continue reading

New social movements: do they defend poor people’s interests?

Secession is a landmark moment that defines not only the destiny of the seceding state but also for the parent state that is torn apart. With its focus on the era when secessionist struggles are getting more momentum across the world since the end of the Cold War, this paper will argue that secession cannot be made democratically despite the democratic nature of the process. In the beginning, the paper looks at the three theories of the morality of secession, namely, national self-determination theories, choices theories, and ‘just-cause’ theories to build a conceptual framework with which to highlight if secession decision is democratic or not. Each theory is further illustrated by a contemporary case of secession such as Somaliland and Kosovo while examining the ‘marriage’ of the two political themes, secession and democracy. Furthermore, the paper examines the arguments for and against separation being democratic though the conclusion is based on the conception that the secession decision cannot democratically be made because it is logistically challenging, legally controversial and democratically uncertain. Continue reading

Can a decision to secede be made democratically?

The Rise of the BRICS in Africa: Developmental or Self-Interest?

The rise of the BRICS countries, particularly China,  has reshaped the economic and geopolitical realities in Africa for the past two decades. Across infrastructure financing, trade, investment and aid, there is no other traditional Western Power with such colossal engagement in Africa than China. The Chinese companies invest enormously in all across Africa by bringing new technologies, creating jobs, developing skills for the local Africans and immensely contributing to the Africa state’s public revenue. The recent Africa-China economic relationship has threatened the dominance of the traditional ‘Great Powers’ in the fields of economics and geopolitics.  There are challenges that make the Sino/Africa relations unbalanced such as the Chinese workers and the ‘cheap’  products overflowing African domestic markets.  Considering both sides of the coin, however, China’s involvement in Africa is perceived positively by Africans,  and China is  a significant partner who has generated multiple prospects for African development despite Africa’s development move is relatively slow. Continue reading

Waa barqo loo balansan yahay kulan lagu soo af-meerayo mashruuc bini-aadanimo oo socday muddo laba sanno ah. Kulanka waxa ka soo qaybgalay dad ajaanib u badan iyo dhawr Soomaali ah. Ajaanibku waxa ay isugu jiraan kuwo madow iyo kuwo cadaan ah. Hal-hal qof baa loo jeedinayey waxqabadkii qabsoomay, loogana fal-celinayey in la gaadhay yoolkii iyo in kale.

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