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Somalia: Puntland’s president launches new police station, other projects in Burtinle

The president of Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland on Saturday inaugurated a new police station in Burtinle town in the country’s Nugal region. The construction of the police station was funded by Somalia Stability Fund, a multi-donor fund working towards a peaceful, secure and stable Somalia. The new police station is expected to help the…

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Somali business owners participate in first-of-its-kind Kismayo Trade Fair

A trade fair organised by a leading Somali non-governmental organisation has taken place in Kismayo, the capital of the country’s southern Jubbaland regional state. The African Development Solutions (Adeso Africa) facilitated the Kismayo Trade Fair, the first of its kind in the region, in partnership with the Jubbaland Ministry of Trade and Chamber of Commerce.…

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The Somalia Stabilization Initiative: Interactive theater for community & government interaction

The Somalia Stabilization Initiative (SSI) is working in Jubbaland State and South West State to help extend the presence of effective state authority in the regions and strengthen reconciliation initiatives. Working with SSI,  Star Media Development Centre (SMDC) conducted an interactive theater in Warmahan, Wanlaweyn and Tixsiile in Somalia’s southern Lower Shabelle region  to help…

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Somalia’s Jubbaland State holds stakeholder forum on good governance

A stakeholder forum on the role of Somali citizens and government in promoting good governance has taken place in Kismayo, the capital of Somalia’s southern Jubbaland State. The forum, organised on the theme ‘Role of Somali Citizens and Government in Good Governance’, brought together relevant stakeholders from the Jubbaland State government, regional parliament, representatives from…

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2018: A dark year for press freedom

This statement was originally published on ipi.media on 21 December 2018. Around the world press freedom faced a litany of attacks in 2018, as political leaders unwilling to accept scrutiny increasingly jail, prosecute or undermine the credibility of critical journalists. As many as 78 journalists were killed in 2018, according to the International Press Institute (IPI)’s Death Watch,…

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SMDC organises competition to promote fish consumption in Kismayo, Somalia

The first-ever fish cooking competition held in the southern Somali coastal city of Kismayo attracted more a dozen participants as part of an awareness campaign to significantly increase local fish consumption. Participants from the city’s five neighbourhoods – Guul-wade, Farjano, Calanley, Fanoole, and Shaqaalaha -tried their hand at cooking fish in the competition held on…

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