By Mary-Sanyu Osire
My father was one of the richest men in Fanweyn. Growing up, I enjoyed a good life. As a young boy, I reared goats and camels for my father.
Seven Somali diaspora experts,who are currently embedded in government institutions in Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Bosaso and Garowe,returned to Somalia from abroad to conduct short-term capacity building assignments to train Somali government officials as part of the QUESTS-MIDA project. In April 2013, they completed a “Training-of-Trainers” workshop conducted by IOM Somalia and UNDP Somalia.
IOM, under its Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA), and UNDP, under its Somalia Institutional Development Project (SIDP), have been working with the Transitional Federal Government and the current Government since 2009 to build the capacity of the Government institutions. The increasing number of requests from the Government required an IOM campaign to reconnect with the Somali diaspora in key constituencies in North America and Northern Europe. To that end, IOM Somalia sent its Chief of Mission and the MIDA Program Manager on an outreach tour. IOM selected six countries (Canada, U.S., UK, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark) and seven cities where we believe the vast majority of the Somali diaspora outside of Africa are concentrated.
Dr. Lula at the official launching of the NHPC Legal Act in Hargeisa, Somaliland
Dr. Lula J. Hussein is a Somali Canadian medical doctor who has been supporting the Somaliland National Health Professions Commission (NHPC) since March 2012 as a MIDA Health Northern Somalia (MIDA-FINNSOM) participant. The Somaliland NHPC is a statutory body with the mandate of regulating, accrediting, licensing professionals, and addressing health workforce issues in the country. Despite the challenges, the NHPC is a key platform for the overall promotion of health safety standards, high quality health care standards and a central body working on regulatory issues in the longer term.