Core IPRT Programs
- The Institute organizes the reconstruction
strategies conferences. The first conference in this series was held in
November 1998 and the third conference will be held 18-22 November 2004 in
Hargeisa. Each conference produced a “white paper” of recommendations
for the government on the full spectrum of development and reconstruction
issues; health care, education, man-power and skills training, private
sector development and good governance and human rights.
- Good Governance and Institution Building: IPRT works
with Somaliland’s National Assembly and the National Endowment for Democracy
in a project designed to strengthen the support unit of the legislature. To
promote transparency and constituent relationships, IPRT helps the
Somaliland legislature publish a monthly official bulletin. We have also
introduced a Hansard system for the Guurti and will soon produce full
proceedings of all Guurti events.
- IPRT also sponsors the Waaheen Media Group. Waaheen
Media publishes a daily Newspaper, a website, an Internet TV and Radio.
Waaheen Media has permanent staff at the National Assembly and videotapes
all proceedings for later broadcast on the Internet TV or on regular
commercial TV channels. In April 2010, Waaheen Media obtained a TV
broadcasting license and hopes to start a “mini-CSPAN” and an educational TV
channel from Abaarso Tech University (see below).
- In 2009, IPRT co-founded the Abaarso Tech University
and Secondary Boarding School. Abaarso Tech is located in a rural area 18
km west of Hargeisa. It is both a vocational training center and a center
of excellence for gifted secondary school students. In January 2101,
Abaarso Tech started a post-graduate business and management school.
- Research on Landmines: The Institute has been active
in the field of landmine research since 1999. IPRT conducts research on
landmines for the Landmine Monitor of the International Campaign to Ban
Landmines, an annual global report. In 2007, IPRT in collaboration with
Geneva Call and the Somaliland Mine Action Center (SMAC) organized a
workshop for parliamentarians and helped draft Somaliland’s Mine Ban
Legislation. The Mine Ban Law, which mirrors the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty was
later passed by the National Assembly and signed into law by the President.
IPRT monitors the implementation of that legislation.
- In addition to the annual research on landmines, IPRT
organizes workshops, seminars and conferences as part of its anti-landmine
advocacy program. In 2000, IPRT organized the Horn of Africa/Gulf of Aden
States Conference on Landmines in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Djibouti. In 1999
IPRT convened the first Horn of Africa NGO conference on the scourge of
landmines in East Africa and published a book on the same topic.
- Orphanage Health Clinic: IPRT runs a clinic for the
Hargeisa Home for Orphaned Children. The clinic, staffed by a laboratory
technician, a nurse and a doctor, serves the needs of nearly 500 resident
children. On 4 September, we inaugurated a new building for the clinic,
which will now have a pharmacy as well.
- Conferences and Workshop: The Institute also conducts
yearly training workshops for legislators and certain senior members of the
executive on media/government relationships, budget preparation and
appropriate allocation of resources for a balanced human development. For
these trainings, IPRT seeks assistance from the Somali Diaspora. For
example, in 2002, a Somali-born certified public accountant working in San
Jose (USA) volunteered three weeks of his time to teach a Fiscal Management
and Budget Preparation course for 22 senior government officials. This
year, another accountant from Dubai taught a fellow up workshop.
IPRT has participated in UNHCR/UNDP/IGAD refugee reintegration
programs in 1998-1999 and helped prepare projects to prepare for the
repatriation and reintegration of Somaliland refugees from Ethiopia and
In 2005, the Institute also prepared background studies for the
World Banks Country Economic Report (CER) for the health and education sectors.