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The Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies welcomes applications for the peace and conflict studies program in the academic year of 2017/2018. For further details please contact: Tel: (252) 63…

Our Programs


The Institute for Peace And Conflict Studies offers two programs: MA in peace & conflict studies and MA in education, conflict and peace building.


The Institute takes research very seriously, it not only addresses issues that are specific to Somaliland, but also has a vision to investigate and further understand the pressing issues that have a common impact on the human and state securities in the wider region.

Outreach & Development

The institute is engaged in numerous outreach programs such as capacity building, IPCS public seminars series.

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Our Services

The institute for peace and conflict studies offers the below services

Resource Center

This Center helps those wanting to conduct quality research on peace and social stability of the Somaliland Republic, and on how it was built.


The institute for peace and conflict studies offers internships, fellowships and employment opportunities.

IPCS Partners

Since its inception IPCS has been an attraction for partnerships, collaborations and join work both locally and internationally below are IPCS’s current partners:

Local Partners

The Academy for Peace and Development (APD) 
was established in 1998 as a research institute in collaboration with Inter-peace. The Academy for Peace and Development (APD) is legally registered as an organization under the Ministry of National Planning and Development. The IPCS and the APD have close relations and collaborate in various areas and share resources.
House of elders

House Of Elders

Established in 1988 by the Somali National Movement (SNM) as a vehicle for fundraising and galvanizing the supporters of the movement both inside and outside of the Somalia’s state and serve as a managing mechanism for the internal conflicts both within the movement leadership and the society at large. This move in the jungle has served as a milestone for the future role of the elders in the decision-making processes of the contemporary Somaliland. Having Guurti in Somaliland was a destiny not a choice and helped the Somaliland state to escape from plunging into chaos and conflict from the very beginning with the dawn of democratization and multi-party politics. The Somaliland House of Elders, the Upper House, has 82 members representing the whole Somaliland clans living within the Somaliland territory. This crucial house is mandated with considering bills proposed by the lower house, the Somaliland House of Representatives, and also engages in peace and reconciliation efforts both within the community at large and also within the political parties. The IPCS and Guurti have cooperative relationship and collaborate in the areas of peacebuilding through research, and awareness raising, among other important issues.

Somaliland Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is one of the essential institutions mandated to promote the national interests and values abroad. The Institute has a collaboration with the Ministry to strengthen peace and stability of Somaliland through quality research, seminars and public forums.

The Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention (OCVP) was established in 2009 as a non-political, non-denominational and non-governmental organization with the goal of organizing and supporting initiatives that promote peacebuilding, security, safety and sustainable development across all regions of Somalia. Employing proven scientific methods to collect, catalogue and analyze data on conflict, violence, crime and other issues of importance to peace, security and stability of the region. The IPCS and the OCVP have close relations and collaborate in various areas and share resources.

International Partners

In 2013, the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding facilitating the cooperation and collaboration on mutually beneficial grant opportunities and curriculum development. This may include, but not limited to, the areas of joint curriculum development, faculty visits and ongoing academic research and interaction.

Professor Jonathan Rudy, who is a professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Peacemaker-in-Residence for Elizabethtown College’s Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking regularly visits the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and delivers seminars and trainings on Peace and Conflict Studies, Human Security and Peacebuilding.

Furthermore and very important, Professor Jonathan has taken up responsibilities as a Senior Advisor for Human Security for the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Indeed, Professor Jonathan is the ambassador of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies both to the Center for Global Understanding and Peacebuilding based at Elizabethtown College and Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Based in and established by Addis Ababa University in collaboration with the Univesity for Peace Africa Program and the Royal Danish Embassy in Ethiopia in 2007. The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) is one of the teaching and research institutions based in the Horn of Africa. The two institutes, the IPCS and the IPSS have partnerships by sharing the academic resources and exchanging information beneficial to both institutions.

The Rift Valley Institute (RVI) is an independent, non-profit organization working in Eastern and Central Africa. The aims of the Institute are to advance understanding of the region and its diverse communities, to connect local knowledge to social and political action, to defend freedom of information and to promote social justice. RVI programs include action-oriented research, field-based training, digital archives, distance learning and open-access publishing. The IPCS and RVI are jointly implementing a capacity building for research project funded by the Somalia Stability Fund (SSF). This project is aimed to support for the delivery of the highest quality research in the Somali higher learning institutions, including Somaliland. Not only to this project, but the IPCS and RVI jointly organizes public seminars and forums to attract wider audiences.

Sant’anna is a teaching and research school based in the Pisa University in Italy. Since 2013, the International Training Program for Conflict Management, a postgraduate program of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies of the University of Hargeisa was jointly conducting international training programs on introduction to peacebuilding and peace support operations for the civilian personnel with the financial support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Professor Dr. Andrea de Guttry, the director of the International Training Program for Conflict Management is the lead facilitator of the training and frequently visits the IPCS. The training covers wide and closely interrelated subjects such as crisis management operations, peacekeeping mission life cycle, the legal system of the peacekeeping mission personnel, the AU legal and institutional framework for the delivery of peace support operations, the African charter on democracy, elections and governance, civil–military cooperation and protection of civilians, human rights law and institutions and to human rights field operations, gender aspects of peace support operation, rule of law and transitional justice.

University for Peace, a UN-mandated University based in Costa Rica was created by the United Nations in 1980. The prime mission of this university is to provide global citizens an international institution for higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence.

In 2008, the University of Hargeisa and the University for Peace signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The major objective of the MOA was to provide junior faculty members of the University of Hargeisa an opportunity join University for Peace and obtain an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies to help the development of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. Since then, a number of faculty members benefited the agreement and joined the University for Peace and later served at the Institute.

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies has a strong and a striving relationship with the University for Peace Africa Programme based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 4 October 2016.

The MoU is outlining research collaborations, academic exchanges, and helping the IPCS publish and disseminate its research products in high tech and quality publishers which contribute more effective attainment of the common objectives of the two institutions.

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) educates a global community of peacebuilders through the integration of practice, theory and research. The
combined vision of the Center is to prepare, transform, and sustain leaders to create a just and peaceful world. CJP is a higher learning center specializing in the areas of conflict transformation, restorative justice, trauma healing, equitable development and addressing organizational conflict. This Center is based at the Eastern Mennonite University in the United States of America.

Since its establishment as an Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in 2008, housed in the University of Hargeisa. The IPCS has had a strong and a striving
relationship with this Center while some faculty members of the Institute attended Summer Peacebuilding programs in the United States of America from 2008 through 2010.

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