The Ankara-based think tank organization Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) has organized a panel on Thursday with the participation of Somali Ambassador for Turkey Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman, Turkish Ex-Ambassador of Turkey to Somali Federal Republic (2011-2014) C. Kani Torun and SETA Researcher and the author of the report "Turkey's Involvement in Somalia: A State-Building Progress" Dr. Mehmet Özkan. The panel aimed to evaluate and analyze Ankara's policy in Somalia as well as providing a chance to discuss the report written by Dr. Mehmet Özkan.
World Bank turns to biometrics to aid Somalia’s recovery
The World Bank has helped implement a biometric verification system for civil servant salary payments in Somalia as part of state-building efforts, with the technology hoped to improve transparency efforts.
UN warns Somalia on verge of food crisis, urges uptick in humanitarian funding
Still reeling from a devastating famine which struck the countryside in 2011, Somalia once again sits on the brink of another humanitarian crisis as a poor rainy season followed by severe bouts of floods threaten local harvests, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today.
Minneapolis mayor, police chief listening tour highlights Somali community
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau continued their listening tour Thursday night with a visit to the nation's largest Somali community in the city's Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
Solving Somali piracy requires effective state governance – UN
While noting the progress made to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, the United Nations political chief has said that a sustained long-term solution must include the presence of effective Government and State institutions that provide basic services and alternative ways for people to make a living.
After a poor rainy season early this year, parts of southern Somalia now are being hit with severe floods. The rainy season that began in October has caused flooding along the Shebelle and Juba Rivers. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warns that’s making ongoing food insecurity even worse.
We’re not out of the woods yet, says Somali minister
Internal strife and prolonged civil unrest have pushed Somalia to the brink in the past few years. The country’s leadership is split between fighting terror groups like Al Shabab on one side and working to build institutions, improve public security and establish a powerful army.
Sweden Officially Recognizes Palestinian State; Israel Upset
Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.