About Us

The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit policy research and analysis institute based in Mogadishu, Somalia.


A stable and peaceful Somalia guided by policies based on sound research and inclusive deliberations.


To conduct evidence-based research and facilitate dialogues that:

  • Inform national policymaking through practical and innovative solutions to advance peacebuilding, statebuilding and socio-economic development in Somalia;
  • Inform international efforts to support Somalia’s statebuilding with evidence-based research, analysis and policy tools
  • Advance regional peace and economic development in the Horn of Africa

HIPS Publications

HIPS produces regular reports, policy briefs and commentaries on many different topics concerning Somalia’s peacebuilding and statebuilding agenda.

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“Somali Women’s Civic Engagement: Past, Present and Future” A GENSOM Project Documentary Film

“Somali women’s Civic Engagement: Past, Present and Future” features extraordinary interviews with key female politicians, civil society actors, and artists from across the Somali region today.

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