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We believe a major barrier to effective development programming is a lack of publicly accessible data and research. Organizations often replicate previously completed research projects because they are not shared publicly. And without open data, stakeholders have to invest time and money to collect basic information or make decisions that are not based on empirical evidence. We work with governments, NGOs, and private sector firms to democratize information and facilitate better research.

Somaliland Police Administrative Data

Check back soon on this project, which is in its early stages.

Repository of Curated News on Somalia, 2020-Present

Online print media coverage of local events and issues in Somalia is relatively limited, and many of the main online news sources only host their stories temporarily, with no long-term archive of news available. In addition, for outsiders and those new to working in Somalia, it may be impossible to identify the primary sources of news. For researchers interested in learning about a specific part of the country or trying to understand an incident from several years prior, it is often difficult to find relevant news coverage. This project compiles a wide range of news stories from online media, covering security, political, and humanitarian stories of interest. Each story includes an abstract; full-text versions are provided in many cases. The goal is to allow researchers to understand past events whose news coverage would otherwise be lost, difficult to find, or scattered across many different news outlets. The current version includes all stories in daily news roundups produced by the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and its predecessor, AMISOM, from 2020 forward.


Mahad Mohamoud Ibrahim

Mahad oversees Sababi’s Somali Portfolio, including operations and administration of Sababi’s office in Hargeisa, and all aspects of fieldwork implementation. Over the last 8 years, he has managed some of the largest fieldwork initiatives in Somalia, with teams numbering up to 60 enumerators, for organizations like CARE International, UNICEF, UNOPS, Somalia Stability Fund and others. He has also collected primary data in every region of Somalia, typically on nuanced or conceptually challenging topics (e.g., constitutional reform and democratization). From 2016 to 2019 he was a Researcher and FW Manager for Forcier Consulting, after which he was the Senior Fieldwork Manager at Consilient. Mahad graduated at the top of his class (highest distinction) at Admas University with a B.B.A. in Management in 2013 and subsequently helped coordinate Admas’ distance learning program from 2014-2016.

Brenton D. Peterson

Brenton is a political scientist who studies political behavior, social identity, and survey methodology. His research has appeared in some of the top journals in political science. Within the development sector, he specializes in evaluations of large-scale education programs, political and context analyses, and research on election- or democratization-related conflict. He has led data collection in Kenya, Somalia/Somaliland, and South Sudan. Prior to Sababi, he was the Director of Research at Consilient, based in Hargeisa (2020-2022), and served as the internal technical backstop, trainer, and reviewer of research outputs as the Chief Research Quality Officer at Forcier Consulting (2015-2020). In both positions, he focused on applying the best possible research methods in contexts where standard practices break down. He was previously a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia, and completed fieldwork in northern Kenya.


Manar Zaki

Manar is a social scientist who specializes in research on access to justice, policing, and the relationships between customary and statutory institutions. Her recent work includes studies of Somalia’s customary justice system, the justice attitudes and needs of Somali women, and community-police relations. She has developed most of the internal systems Sababi uses for monitoring and assessing data quality and has managed primary data collection over 50 fieldwork initiatives in the Horn of Africa. From 2019 to 2022 she was the Research Manager and then Director at Consilient, in Hargeisa. Prior to her work in East Africa, Manar worked in both the private and nonprofit sectors in Nepal, India, Ireland, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and the US. Manar holds a Masters in Development Practice from Trinity College Dublin and a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.