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APD Ceel-Afweyn Peace Engagement

The APD team held a consultation meeting with the Sultans and other traditional leaders representing the conflicting clans. After a briefing, the traditional leaders welcomed APD’s intervention and efforts towards peace building in the district. They stated that on Wednesday December 4th that they are holding a concluding peace conference and would like the APD team to be present, support and contribute to the pivotal event. Moreover the traditional leaders requested that APD provide technical and assistance upon the following awareness campaign, dissemination and grassroots mobilization needed to implement the expected points which will emanate from the concluding peace conference
APD hold a FGD and a workshop for 50 women peace activists representing both sides.
APD hold a FGD and a workshop for 50 youth representing both sides.
The district Mayor and his deputy shall hand pick, mobilize and select the suitable participants representing Ceel Afweyn women and youth.

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Production tour for the Land & Environmental Management Film

The Academy for Peace and Development’s Audio Visual Unit set about on a filming tour to several key rural areas near Burao. The objective of this production tour was to visit targeted locations near Burao for the filming of key issues concerning disputes involving land. In addition, to visually highlight the primary causes surrounding conflicts involving land as well as the impact of charcoal production towards the Somaliland’s Environment. The footage captured will be incorporated into the production of the Land and Environmental Management Documentary.
The locations visited by the AVU team were Bali-diiryie, Madax weyne pastoral village,  a charcoal production camp 20 km away from Madax weyne village, pastoral settlements near Ainabo, warrin (40 km east from Burco) and areas near Kala-dhac village.
The AVU team managed to capture destroyed water wells (berkeds) and new clan settlements in Bali-Diiryie, which were the main sources of a dispute that occurred between two neighboring communities residing in the area.
The team also visited a charcoal production camp near a pastoral village called Madax weyne, which is situated 70km north of Burao. During their stay at the camp,  the team managed to film charcoal producers at work,as they were cutting down and burning trees to produce charcoal. A large number of destroyed trees were also filmed in the area. This footage taken at the charcoal production camp, intends to portray the negative impact this business has on Somaliland’s terrain. These shots were also captured for the purpose of showing how charcoal is actually produced in Somaliland and its effects towards the general environment.
The team also traveled to pastoral settlements in rural parts near Ainabo in order to film and re-create a scene of an actual event that took place between two groups involving a land dispute. The footage captured would emphasize the causes behind the serious issue of privatizing land.
The AVU team met with a pastoral nomadic family residing 20 km away from Ainabo and were welcomed there to set the scene that involved a conflict between a pastoral owner of livestock and an Enclosure owner over a grazing enclosure. Furthermore,  other rural villages such as warrin and Kala-dhac, which are located several kilometers east of Burao,  were also visited and stretches of land filled with a large number of cut down trees were captured on film to accommodate the segment of charcoal production in the documentary.
The objective of this production tour with the Audio Visual Unit (AVU) was to capture on film the fundamental issues and challenges involving Land & Environmental based conflicts in Somaliland in order to provide a visual narrative in the documentary.

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Grand Reconciliation Conference in Codanle Village

Elders from Habar Jeclo and Dhulbahante communities in Qori-Lugud and Buhodle districts have come together in a grand reconciliation conference in Codanle village,  bringing to an end a bitter inter-clan conflict over land ownership.

 

The month-long conference held in the outskirts of Odanle village was attended by 400 delegates from Habar Jeclo and Dhulbahante clans with the aim of bringing to and end their bloody feud that claimed lives and spawned anxiety among themselves in Buhodle and Qori-Lugud districts in Togdher region.

 

The conference which was free from political influence,  focused on the problems in the region which include:

 

Boundary disputes between the two clans

The killings between the two communities

Movement and co – residence of the two communities living together

 

 

Upon the conclusion of the conference the two sides agreed upon the following points:-

 

Blood Money Agreement:

 

The two clans agreed peacifull co-existance good neighbourhood and protection of rights between the two clans

That the two sides forgive the murder and injury cases between the two clans starting from Kalshale incident,  where ambush killings were neglected,

The future disputes and murder cases between the two clans would be dealt with accordance to Sharia law

That two clans must not give refuge and protection to a murderer and that everybody with the right authority to deal with the issue

From now on that every person who commits murder the responsibility must lie on him and his family where no other body will assist him.

 

 

Land Agreement:

 

The two sides agreed that Habar Jeclo community should settle Baliga Goble-Maqan village where Dhulbahante community will settle Hagoogane village and the land between these two villages can’t be harvested,

In order to protect the grazing areas,  the two sides agreed that it’s forbidden to establish new settlements inside the grazing land between the two clans,  for instance the grazing land between Hadhhadhan and Odanle villages,  Goble-magan and Hagoogane villages,  Galgal and Qabri-hulul,  Qori-lugud and Maygagle and Horu-fadhi & Adhi-boob villages.

The two sides agreed that the two clans will settle together in Adhibob village.

 

 

The peace accord between the two clans was signed by:

 

Sultan Abdilahi Sultan Ali

Garad Abdirizak Garad Sofe

Boqor Mohamoud Ali Arab

Sultan Saed Osman Ali

Garad Sulaiman Burale Adam

Sultan Mohamed Haji Hussein

 

 

Meanwhile the Academy for Peace and Development (APD) in collaboration with Inter-Peace organization has offered financial assistance during the course of the reconciliation conference.

 

The Social Peace Builder officer of APD’s Buroa office Mr. Omer Adam Yusuf who arrived at the conference held separate meetings with the delegates of the two sides where he handed over $24, 000 U.S Dollars of donation money to the leaders of Dhulbahante and Habar Jeclo steering committees.

 

Sultan Abdilahi Sultan Ali who spoke at the handing over meeting thanked towards the Academy for Peace and Development for its efforts to reconcile the disputed clans.

 

“I express my deep gratitude to Academy for Peace and Development for supporting the reconciliation conference in Odanle. I also would like to thank you (APD) for visiting the conference and meeting with us” Sultan Abdilahi said,

 

Garad Abdirisak Garad Abdilahi Garad Sofe who also spoke at the meeting thanked APD for donating money to the conference. “We are very thankful to the Academy for Peace and Development for supporting the reconciliation conference” Garad Abdirisak stated.

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APD monthly Bulleting-May

Nabad iyo Caano,  Warside Bille ah,  May 2015; Cadadkii 1aad,

 

Geedi socodka hawsha Akadeemiga Nabada iyo Horumarka (ANIH) oo 20kii sano ee la soo dhaafay ku hawlanaa xoojinta nabada iyo tayaynta haya’adaha u xilsaaran wuxuu ka bilaabmaa habka cilmi-baadhista wadaaga ah si loo aqoonsado turunturooyinka nabada ku gedaaman. Dhibaatooyinka nabada soo wajahay ayaa lagu soo b andhigaa Kulanka Daneeyaasha Barnaamijka Nabada; oo turunturooynkaa la soo aqoonsaday u kala horaysiiya siday u kala mudan yihiin; isla markaana waxaa la aasaasaa gudi hawsha hagta (STeering Committee) oo xubnaheeda laga soo xulo dhamaan goboladda dalka iyo laamaha ay khusayso. Inkastoo Somalil and ay noqotay dalka 13aa ee ugu nabdoon Afrika; hadana arrimaha nabada turunturada ku noqon kara ee mudnaanta mudan waxaa ka midi ah; habacsanaanta garsoorka,  maamulka iyo muranka dhulka,  gal-daloolooyinka xeerarka doorashooyinka; dib-u-dhaca joogtada ah ee doorashooyinka,  iyo muwaadiniinta oo aan laga talo gelinin go’aamada mamul iyo siyaasadeed.

 

Hadaba,  Akadeemiga Nabada ayaa magalaada Burco ku qabatay Shirweynihii Koowaad ee Dib-u-habaynta Maamulka Dhulka Somalil and; 20-21 Abriil,  2015; kaasoo ay ka soo qayb galeen in ka badan 300 ergay oo ka kala socday gobollada iyo degmooyinka dalka; iyo hay’adaha dawliga ah iyo kuwa aan dawliga ahayn; oo ay ka mid ahaayeen 10 Wasiir, gudoomiyayaal gobol,  xildhibaano ka tirsan goleyaasha xeer dejinta ee dhexe iyo kuwa hoose,  hogaamiye dhaqameedyo; iyo culumaa’u diin. Ka dib labo maalmool oo ANIH ay si buuxda u soo b andhigtay cilmi-baadhisyo iyo filmo muujinaya aafada dhulka, ‘ iyo waliba khudbado,  hogo-tusaalayn,  iyo doodo ergadu is waydaarsanaysay; waxa shirkaas lagu soo gabogabeeyay bayaan 32 qodob ka kooban oo ay ergadu isku raaceen; kuwaasoo lagu higsanyo ka-midho-dhalinta himilooyinka shirweynaha oo ahaa- soo-saarista siyaasada dhulka,  is-waafajinta xeerarka dhulka,  iyo dhisada/tayaynta qaab fullineed ku haboon. Waxaa kale oo laysku raacay qodobo dhiig-joojin ah oo lagu yaranayo xawaaraha afaada dhulka ilaa inta laga biyo-keenayo himilooyinka sare ku xusan,  sida mamnuucida qormaynta tuulooyin iyo deegaamayn beeleedyo cusub,  baabi’nta ceshiimooyinka iyo xidhmo-dhuleedyada,  iyo xaarantimaynta ka-ganacsiga dhulka. Ugu danbayn waxay ergadu isku raaceen qaabka iyo muddada lagu fulinayo 32-kaa qodob (Implemtation raod map).

 

Waxaa kale oo ay ANIH ku guulaystay Abriil 2015 soo saarista Filimo wax ka taraya takoorka iyo Hayb-sooca,  iyo faafinta siyaasada maamul dejinta.’ waxa kale oo ay Gudiga Hagida Dimoqraadiyadu ku hawlan yihiin dib u eegida Xeerarka doorashiiyinka oo uu ugu horeeyo Xeerka Golaha Wakiiladu.

 

Akaadamiga Nabada iyo Horumarka waxaa ka tirsan kooxda Maqal-Muuqalka Awareega (MAVU),  oo ku qalabaysan iskiriinka la buufito (inflammable screen),  kaamarado,  iyo qalab codka lagu duubo oo tayadoodu sarayso,  iyo shaqaale u tababaran baahinta iyo wecyigalinta meelkasta oo Somalil and ah. MAVU waxay kaa caawinaysaa gaadhsiinta macluumaadkaga Miyi & Magaalaba meesha aad ka doonto Somalil and

 

 

 

Peace and Development Monthly Bulletin,  May 2015,  Issue No 1

 

Academy of Peace and Development (APD) has been working to strengthening peace and institutional building in Somalil and for two decades through continuous peace priority review. APD’s operations went through number of steps, ’ which started from carrying out a pillar mapping exercise to identify the current major peace challenges andconvening the National Program Group Meeting (NPGM) to prioritize the identified peace challenge. As part of its working norm APD establisheda 20-member steering committee for each of the three pillars of social reconciliation,  democratization,  and the decentralization pillars at the end of 2014 to provide guidance and oversee the implementation of the priorities.

 

Although Somalil and was ranked as the 13th most peaceful state in African,  the Somalil and NPGM set a number of peace challenges as the priorities for the coming three years, which are weak judicial effectiveness,  l and based disputes,  electoral law gaps and overlaps,  continuous election postponements,  and low citizen policy and decision making participation.

 

As part of the solution,  APD organized the first National L and reform Conference in Burao during April 20-21, 2015, incollaboration with the L and Inter-ministerial Committee,  Technical Working Group,  and House of Representatives Natural Resources and Environment sub-committee. After two days of intensive presentations,  speeches,  deliberations,  and documentary film: the participants issued a declaration that consists of 32 articles. This 32 articles will lead Somalil and toward achieving the three main conference objectives of- formulating national l and policy,  harmonizing the existing l and laws,  and establishing/strengthening enforcing mechanism.While these long-term solutions are under process, ’ participants set a short term fire-fight-style solutions to halt the accelerating l and based disputes, ’ including prohibiting creation of new villages and clan settlements,  get rid of l and enclosures and suspending l and commercialization (buying or selling piece of l and).

 

In addition, APD and the l and reform stakeholders set up a road map with time frame for the implementation of the Burco declaration. The partners also agreed to be part of ongoing participatory l and reform initiative.

 

Also APD achieved other major activities in April 2015 including but not limited to producing minority film and decentralization policy implementation awareness rising. Finally,  APD’s democratization steering committee worked for the House of Representatives law reform.

 

APD has mobile audiovisual unit (MAVU); which equipped with inflammable screen,  latest model camera,  recording devices; and audiovisual experts to carry awareness rising and information throughout Somalil and; including the remote rural areas. MAVU can help every institution to convey information to every target group.

 

 

 

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Steering committe launching cermony

The Academy for Peace and Development held a Steering Committee launching ceremony on Tuesday 4th of February at Guleid hotel.

 

The ceremony began with Mohamed Farah Hersi,  the Executive Director of the Academy for Peace and Development welcoming the members of the Steering Committee and guests who attended the event. Among the distinguished guests who took part in the ceremony were the Chairman of National Electoral Commission (NEC),  Abdiqadir Imaan,  Chairman of Sub-Committee of Internal Affairs Ibrahim Jama Reiteh and representatives of the Ministry of Environment and members of the Guurti council.

 

Ahmed Diriye,  The Program Coordinator then gave a presentation of APD’s work and its approach towards its research with an introduction of the Pillars of the Peace Programme and the three pillars; Democratization,  Decentralization and Social Reconciliation. He also explained the use of Participatory Action Research methodology (PAR) in research-based activities carried out by APD.

 

He continued to highlight the findings of a nation wide pillar mapping survey that was conducted after the launching of the second phase of Pillars of Peace Programme. These findings were validated and prioritized in a National Programme Group meeting (NPGM) with stakeholders (NPGM),  which was held last year.

 

Hassan O. Hallas,  the Operations and Finance Director of APD,  formally introduced the members of the three steering committees.

 

The steering committee members consist of individuals who represent various segments of society in Somalil and such as government officials,  lawyers,  academics,  the media,  youth and women.

 

Their objectives are to provide guidance,  local ownership and overseeing the implementation of the change matrices prepared for each of the three pillars in the Pillars of Peace Programme: Democratization,  Decentralization and Social reconciliation.

 

The ceremony ended with discussions and validations among members of the steering committee regarding their terms of references before the signing of a letter of commitment. The participants were also informed and invited to partake in an induction for each pillar at the Academy.