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The Aden Adde

MinbarFellowship is three weeks annual residential program that brings together 15 young, promising and emerging leaders from all walks of Somalia. The program is named after Adden Abdulle Osman, the first democratic president in Somalia.

In honor of his legacy, and to draw inspiration from his peerless statesmanship, patriotism, democratic ideals, the fellowship shall be named after him. This is intentional, anchored on the need to chart a clear vision for the fellows, on the direction their education and experience, should aspire for. The fellowships will bring together 15 young, promising leaders (both male and female) from all fields and regions in Somalia

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Main Thematic Topics and
Course Structure

The content of the fellowship is split into two categories, learning for personal development designed to help fellows build their own policy careers, and learning for institutional develop- Across the fellowship students will learn to think critically, to question assumptions, and to oper- ate in an ethical manner. Below are the main thematic courses for which the fellows will learn. Each component will have several sessions and lectures, with each session will lead by expert.

introduction to Somali History, from pre-colonial to present

Development and Governence

Political Economy, Trade and Emerging Technology

Rule of Law Constitution and Judicial Reform

Empowering the Next
Generation of Emerging Leaders

Aden Adde Fellowship, an annual summer and residential fellowship program that aims to inspire and equip young and emerging leaders with transformative fellowship experience and lifelong skills to envision a just, prosperous and peaceful Somalia.

Our Instructors

Program Instructors

The fellowship program will be run by eminent scholars, practitioners, industry leaders and influencers of high standing in their fields of expertise, covering a wide range of topics including governance, human rights, public finance, media, climate and environment, and constitution and constitutionalism, amongst others

Prof. Laura Hammond

is Pro-Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange and Professor of Development Studies at SOAS.

Prof. Michael Woldemariam

is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for International & Security Studies at Maryland.

Prof. Markus Bockenforde

is associate professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at CEU’s Department of Legal Studies.

Prof. Mehari Taddele Maru

is currently a Part-time Professor at the School of Transnational Governance and Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute.

Dr Abdifatah Ismael Tahir

is a research fellow at the Global Development Institute of the University of Manchester.

Paul D. Williams

is Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and Director of the MA program in Security Policy Studies. Prior to moving to the Elliott School in 2006, Dr. Williams was a faculty member at the University of Birmingham and the University


Impact & achievements
by the numbers

The Adden Abdulle will adapt and apply a horizontal and peer learning approach that is deliberative in style. Speakers will engage in interactive sessions of exchanges of ideas and thoughts. High-level “Somalia potentials” speakers’ series (individual and panel) address Somali’s specific challenges through topics such as governance, peace and security, democracy, terrorism, gender, trade, science and technology, digital politics and access, development, sustainability, city and urban governance, climate, migration, and humanitarian disasters such as pandemics

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