The Academy for Peace and Development (APD) was established in 1998 as a research institute in collaboration with Interpeace. The Academy for Peace and Development (APD) is legally registered as an organization under the Ministry of National Planning and Development.
Since its inception, APD core activities have mainly focused in peace-building using Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology. The organization has brought together representatives from different sectors of society to identify priorities in the process of rebuilding Somaliland. The Academy has been instrumental in facilitating dialogue on issues such as peacebuilding, state building human rights, democracy and good governance.
APD is committed to promote democracy and consensus decision-making at the policy level by encouraging and supporting participation of citizens in the affairs of their lives. In this regard, the goal of the Academy is to empower Somaliland communities to adopt peaceful changes by providing a neutral venue to identify their issues and set priorities for response.
To achieve this, APD has set the following objectives:
- To provide a neutral forum for dialogue and to create the opportunities to discuss and address development and reconstruction issues of common concern to Somaliland society.
- To facilitate the process to collectively identify, set priorities and formulate policy options for the challenges of development and rehabilitation of the country.
- To assist key stakeholders including—Somaliland government, international community, donor agencies and local actors—to better respond to the challenges of re-building the nation by providing them with relevant information on critical issues, seeking consensus on their interventions and facilitating their responses and effects.
- To stimulate action-driven change and achieve actionable change.
“Sustaining peace, state building and promoting development”
The Academy is a centre for excellence and leadership dedicated to peace and state building and the achievement of a just and prosperous society in Somaliland through Research, Training, Dialogue, Documentation and Publication.