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Social Media has Upended Politics in Somaliland

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Social Media has Upended Politics in Somaliland

This presidential campaign may be the craziest, most divisive one in the history of the Republic of Somaliland. Don’t worry. I’m not going to get all political in this piece.

Everyone is biased, and social media shapes and broadcasts these biases in profound ways. Every time there’s a revolution in Africa, from Egypt to South Africa, Nigeria to Ethiopia, Zimbabwe to Somalia’s Farmaajo campaign slogan ‘Nabad iyo Nolol’ (peace and life), whatever it is — social media plays a part. In short, social media is changing Africa.

According to Mohamed Abdi Sheikh “Elig” Horn Cable TVs executive director, the news cycle has drastically changed in the past decade since the rise of the social network. As both Somaliland politicians and journalists often get much of their news from following key social media accounts where the news stories are also shared by readers/viewers, which has shifted the news cycle into a new paradigm.

Presidential candidates realized that using social media platforms can reach as many news outlets as a press conference in a much more efficient manner. By posting their views on Facebook and Twitter, politicians are able to gain immediate insight into how the public responds and can even interact candidly with their followers directly, a fact that draws a lot of younger people to use social media to research the issues. In this manner, Hon. Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi “Cirro” the presidential candidate for Somaliland’s main opposition party (Waddani) will go live on Facebook, just less than forty-eight hours before polling day

Social media marketing campaigns can really stand out when done correctly, and an important piece of that puzzle is the hashtag. Hashtags allow accounts with large followings to create rallying points for their messages in a way that’s easy to track. Here are some of the leading hashtags during Somaliland Presidential Election Debate.

Inspire Groups #SomalilandDebates that made more than 3 million impressions on Twitter and #SomalilandVotes which is trending right now in the Horn of Africa. All this data shows that the campaign is definitely catering to social media.

UCID party leader, Faisal Ali Waraabe has the largest and most engaged social media following among the presidential candidates. Love him or hate him, you’ve heard of Faisal, and his social media exploits alone have earned him quite a bit of free attention from the mainstream media.

He may say offensive things, but you can be assured Faisal means what Faisal says. There’s a lesson here. The more unbalanced, bombastic, and extreme you are, the more free press you’ll get. People love a good fight. People love to feel angry. If you want to learn more about how people feel toward Faisal’s ideals, all you have to do is search his name on Twitter and Facebook. And that brings up an important point.

However, both Muse Bihi Abdi and Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi “Cirro” also have strong showings on other social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, where visual content trumps links and text. Although most political discussions online are taking place between regular users sharing news stories. It’s important to understand, however, these numbers don’t necessarily equate to registered voters who support a candidate, merely people whose attention they have.

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PRESS STATEMENT: Passage of the Somaliland National Procurement Bill

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PRESS STATEMENT

Passage of the Procurement Bill

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

We are delighted to announce that, on Sunday the 6th May 2018, the Somaliland Parliament approved the passage of the Procurement Bill. This was the last remaining PFM Bill to be passed by Parliament and, with the President’s signature, will mean that all the PFM Bills will become the law of the land.

The new Procurement Act will reform the public procurement systems of Somaliland to bring them to modern national and international standards that embrace best practices whilst reducing the scope for corruption. The Bill seeks to organize public procurement management in Somaliland to ensure that it (public procurement) is not done in a discretionary manner but in a structured manner that ensures (goals) economy (value for money), efficiency, transparency, equal opportunity (to all candidates, particularly to Somaliland businesses), and professionalism.

The rules and procedures in the Bill will be applicable for use of all public funds (regardless of the source) and by all public entities that have been provided with budget and responsibility for public service delivery.

In short, the bill will ensure application of common rules/procedure and standards across all public entities, i.e. Central Government Ministries and their Departments and Agencies, Local Authorities, public institutions, public corporations and state enterprises. It will therefore be easy to compare performance of various public entities and to audits procurement transactions.

The Government of Somaliland will implement this Act as soon as possible and are looking forward to the expansion and successful continuation of PFM reforms in the Procurement Pillar of the program.

 

 

PFM Reform Coordination Unit

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PRESS RELEASE: Fathi Initiative Publishes an Open Letter

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Fathi Initiative has issued an open letter to government bodies asking them to evidence their commitment to delivering the United Nation’s  Sustainable Development Goals in Somaliland. The letter was sent to Somaliland political parties, parliamentary committees, the Somaliland Cabinet and all Somaliland’s local authorities.

The letter calls on these key decision makers and institutions to show their commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Somaliland by publishing the specific actions they are taking that relate to the 17 critical areas reflected in the SDGs.

The purpose of the letter is to raise awareness of the SDGs at strategic level and encourage a sense of responsibility from institutions and key individuals.

Fathi Initiative Founder, Fathi Bashe said:

“This letter presents an opening for civil society, government bodies, youth and businesses to come together and make the Global Goals a reality in Somaliland”

 

All the responses to the letter will be published in September 2018 on www.initiative.fathibashe.com

 

To sign the letter follow the below link:

http://initiative.fathibashe.com/our-open-letter

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Somaliland: First 100 Days of President Muse Bihi Abdi

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As Somaliland held its latest and strongly contested Presidential Elections in November 2017, the new President marked his first 100 days in the office last week. This paper examines President Bihi’s first 100 days in the office and the issues surrounding him from Politics, Economy, Development, International Relations and many others. It gives a detailed background of the situation in Somaliland and analyses the current circumstances through intellectual and legal perspectives.

Click the below link to download the paper for free

 

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