This event was a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) seminar that was held in January 2001 for Somaliland MPs from Hargeisa , the capital of Somaliland and local residents of Dararweyne village . The black and white photo of the link below shows professorof Clark university of Massachusetts and Mohammed Ahmed Ali under a tree during the facilitation of the workshop .The professor who was invited through Kenya to run the workshop is here seen speaking to the participants while M. Ali takes notes.
The workshop was part of the, then ongoing conflict resolution and institutional building efforts and good governance projects in Somaliland.
Daraweyne is a village inhabited by 4 sub-clans of Somaliland who had dispute over new leadership at the time when the workshop was in process because of the death of its leader few months earlier. The atmosphere created by the workshop that went on for 10 days and the nightly meetings and social gatherings between the residents and the workshop participants eventually created harmony and mutual agreement among the residents to choose a new leader for the village .
Daraweyne is rich in fertile soil and is known for supplying cash crops to Hargiesa and the surrounding areas and has also been home to a huge military training camp during the rule of the late dictator Siyad Barre of Somalia. As a result , many of the younger generations in the village are the children left by the military recruits who married from the village residents and have been transferred to another locations for the their military service.
Many similar workshops have followed later in Burao and Sheikh. The work shop was organised and funded by ICD Hargeisa (Part of Progressio of London )-and 55 persons from the public sector and the local NGOs as well many residents of the village took part of it .
Somaliland (a former British protectorate) declared independence from the rest of Somalia on May 18 , 1991 after the collapse of the central government lead by the late dictator , Siyad Barre . Since then, the territory has been governed by an administration that seeks self-determination as the Republic of Somaliland .Somaliland had two presidential elections since independence and the local government maintains informal ties with some foreign governments including UK , who have sent delegations to Hargeisa. Ethiopia also maintains a trade office in the region. However, Somaliland's self- proclaimed independence remains unrecognised by any country or international organisation.
See the original article in my web here :Peace building in Somaliland (PRA Workshop )
By . M. ( Medeshi ).