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Competition amongst East African ports heats up

Competition amongst East African ports heats up

TANZANIA, Somaliland and Mozambique are investing heavily in expanding and rehabilitating existing ports as they roll out newer facilities in a race to become the most preferred trade gateways in East Africa. Kenya’s Mombasa Port, on the other hand - the largest and busiest facility in East Africa - is experiencing lower investor activity as delays, congestion and poor management impact operations, according to GBS Africa, a UK-based consultancy firm, in its Africa Ports Report 2022. The investments being made to upgrade port infrastructure elsewhere in the region are increasing the vibrancy and diversity of East African trade routes, but…
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Constant fear of eviction: how poor people experience life in Somaliland’s growing cities

Constant fear of eviction: how poor people experience life in Somaliland’s growing cities

MANY cities in Somaliland are growing rapidly. Climate change-induced displacement, insecurity, and population growth accelerate urbanisation. Yet, many urban residents live in dire poverty, lack adequate shelter, and have only limited access to basic infrastructures and services. Two recent research projects focused on experiences of urbanisation from the perspective of people living at the urban margins. One explored displacement and security while the other looked at infrastructure access. We found that both security and infrastructure access are deeply entangled in property relations. Property constitutes boundaries and shapes processes of inclusion and exclusion. It also influences urban experiences and differentiates city…
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At least five people killed, 100 hurt in Somaliland protests

At least five people killed, 100 hurt in Somaliland protests

ABDI SHEIKH and DAUD YUSSUF AT least five people were killed and 100 injured in Somalia's breakaway Somaliland region when security forces clashed with protesters demanding presidential elections be held in November, a regional leader said late. Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained widespread international recognition for its independence. The region has been mostly peaceful while Somalia has grappled with three decades of civil war. The majority of those who were injured were security forces "who were attacked with clubs, metal bars, and stones," Muse Bihi Abdi, president of Somaliland said in a Facebook post…
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Why I’m committing $500 million to entrepreneurship in Somaliland

Why I’m committing $500 million to entrepreneurship in Somaliland

ISMAIL AHMED  THE power of remittances, the funds migrants send ‘back home’ to family and friends, is at the centre of my story. It’s also the story of how Somaliland, my homeland - has overcome challenges to forge its own, entrepreneurial path; a path that challenges traditional models of aid, setting an example for other developing countries. Long before I founded WorldRemit in 2010, which is now one of the world’s largest cross-border payments companies, I saw how remittances have the power to change people’s lives. Members of my family – like many others across Somaliland – went to work…
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Somaliland cans female football tournament as un-Islamic

Somaliland cans female football tournament as un-Islamic

MOHAMMED OMER  SOMALIA’S breakaway region of Somaliland has cancelled its first women's football tournament as it fell foul of Islamic values, sparking outrage among women's rights groups. The Somaliland Women's Football Tournament, featuring six female teams representing Somaliland's six divisions, was expected to begin on Thursday in the capital Hargeisa. But Abdirashid Aidid, director of sports at the ministry of youth and sports, said authorities had opted to can the seven-day event as it was un-Islamic. "We cancelled it because it is not in line with Islamic values and norms," Aidid told a news conference. "After public anger, including from…
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