Heritage Institute for Policy Studies
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|Key people||Director Abdi Aynte
Deputy Director Abdirashid Hashi
Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan research center which aims to inform and influence public policy and practice through field-based research, informed analysis and innovative solutions in the form of reports, policy briefs and public debates.
Established in Mogadishu, Somalia in January 2013, the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) has begun writing reports and policy papers to advise the nascent Somali government, international organizations, and other local actors. In its first six months, HIPS has provided commentary and guidance on topics as diverse as Somali refugees in Kenya, educational opportunities in Somalia, and domestic diplomatic initiatives in Kismayo and the self-declared state of Somaliland. Notable speakers include Asha Haji Elmi, Mohamed Nur "Tarzan" and Mohamed Ali Ameriko.
As part of its mission, the Heritage Institute will also promote a culture of learning and research in Somalia. It aims to do so by launching a series of public libraries across the country, organizing summer book fairs and offering research courses and fellowships to postgraduate students and aspiring researchers.
Allegations of Corruption
According to the United Nations Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group report 2013, the director of HIPS Abdi Aynte and Farah Yasin, a senior figure were important carriers of cash donations from Qatar to Somali president Hasan Sheikh Mohamud. The report alleges that the President received several million dollars from Qatar which was used to buy off political support and that the HIPS organization was established with Qatari funds.
Aynte, the director of HIPS, is a prominent member of the Ala Sheikh political and business association of former TFG President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. Yasin, an associate of HIPS, is the nephew of Farah Abdulqadir, the current Minister of State for the Presidency and part of the Damul Jadid political association close to President Hassan Sheikh. Both Aynte and Yasin are important figures in consolidating cooperation between Ala Sheikh and Damul Jadid. is a prominent member of the Ala Sheikh political and business association of former TFG President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. Yasin, an associate of HIPS, is the nephew of Farah Abdulqadir, the current Minister of State for the Presidency and part of the Damul Jadid political association close to President Hassan Sheikh. Both Aynte and Yasin are important figures in consolidating cooperation between Ala Sheikh and Damul Jadid.
Yasin has been involved in carrying cash donations from Qatar on behalf of President Hassan Sheikh, according to emails dated 4 March 2012 between Hassan Sheikh and Abdulkadir Barnamij. Two FGS officials confirm that during the election process, Yasin carried substantial funds from Qatar to Mogadishu for the campaign of Hassan Sheikh. One source told the Monitoring Group that he was offered 10,000 USD to vote for Hassan Sheikh, and he was instructed to get into a vehicle with the current Minister of State for the Presidency Farah Abdulqadir to be paid.
Director Abdi Aynte refuted UN allegations of corruption by releasing a response saying that the UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (UNSEMG) report contains false and damaging allegations against the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS). This response addresses each of the allegations aimed at the institute and its director, Abdi Aynte.
- United Nations Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group Report 2013
- Response to Monitoring Group Allegations Against HIPS
- Dana Stuster, John. "Somalia's First Think Tanker on His Country: It's a 'Researcher's Gold Mine'". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- "Somalia’s first think tank was launched in Mogadishu". Heritage Institute for Policy Studies. Retrieved 25 July 2013.