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In June 2021 Somalia was estimated to have a population of 16.35 million people, of whom 46% now live in cities. The urban population is predicted to triple by 2050. Somalia, which is 627 340 km2 in extent is situated on the Horn of Africa. It has the longest coastline of any country on the continent. It shares borders with Kenya in the south, Ethiopia in the west and Djibouti in the north-west. Maritime borders are shared with Yemen.
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Drought Affects Almost Half of Somalia as Famine Looms

31 May 2022

MOGADISHU —  At a news conference in Mogadishu, Somalia’s special envoy for humanitarian issues on Monday said more than six million Somalis were affected by the record drought. Abdurahman Abdishakur Warsameh said the number of people suffering was quickly approaching half of Somalia’s population…

Somalia’s new president must seek regional, federal cohesion while countering al-Shabaab threat

26 May 2022

The polls have delivered a new chapter for the country, allowing attention to turn to other pressing problems.  After a 15-month delay in voting, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud became Somalia’s new president on 15 May. Political leaders had disagreed over the election process, including whether to conduct a…

Somalia at a Crossroads: Progress and the Threat of Regression

25 March 2022

Somalia has been at a crossroads in recent years, with one pathway leading towards forging state-building and re-establishing democracy and another threatening a regression on the substantive gains made on many fronts. Narratives of Somalia’s growth and potential fronted on social media by ordinary…



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State of Land Data & Information in East Africa: Catalyzing East Africa's Land Data Ecosystem

There is no doubt the Global Data Revolution has reached the land sector. Government data portals, open access academic journals, community mapping initiatives and other citizen-generated data - there is a palpable positive drive across the world that allows processes such as data collection to be…

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