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About Us

The KAAD Institute (KI) is an independent and nonprofit research, training and consulting firm that is dedicated to developing the human and institutional capacity of Somalia’s public and private sectors. KI was born out of the realization that Somalia’s post-war political, social and economic transformation will be contingent upon the quantity and quality of its human resources. KI recognizes the role of human capital in economic development and social transformation and as such endeavors to develop and enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of the Somali people through evidence-based research, client-focused training and other capacity development programs.

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KI was founded by a group of highly qualified, experienced and committed professionals, academics and researchers who had previously held key leadership positions in the Somali government, international organizations, academia and the private sector.


KAAD Institute has a pool of dedicated national and international experts, professionals and associates with deep industry knowledge and technical expertise across various sectors and disciplines, allowing it to bring together the right people, skills and connections to effectively respond to its clients’ needs.


KI collaborates with a wide range of organizations, including public institutions, development partners, civil society, academic institutions and the private sectors.


The objectives of KAAD Institute include but not limited to the following:


The development, improvement and advancement of institutional and human capacity of public and private sectors in Somalia through quality research, tailored training and other capacity building programs;


The development of critical skills for key sectors of the economy that are currently facing acute shortages of skilled workforce;


The promotion and advancement of evidence-based research in the country that can help decision makers with policy options develop durable solutions to the myriad challenges facing the country;


 Awareness creation among students and the general public about the importance of technical skills to the economy and the need for their promotion in the country.


Key Services

KI conducts specialized and evidence-based research either on its own or at the request of its clients, which leads to the generation of new knowledge to develop durable solutions for specified problems affecting public and private institutions. In addition, KI undertakes monitoring and evaluation, tracer studies, baseline surveys, feasibility studies, market survey, programs impact assessments, institutional and capacity needs assessments.

KI’s research focuses on the following thematic areas:

  • Marine and fisheries resources
  • Agriculture, forestry and land use
  • Livestock and range land management
  • Environment, climate change and water resources
  • Engineering and infrastructure
  • Health and education
  • Gender, youth and minority issues
  • Governance and public policy
  • Business development and innovation

KI provides a broad range of sector-specific training programs, inhouse seminars and capacity development workshops for individuals, groups, organizations and communities with a focus on technical skills in critical shortages.  KI can offer its regular “off the shelf” training courses (lasting a few days to several weeks) or develop further courses that address the specific training needs of the client. KI’s training programs are delivered at its technical skills centers or can be held at the client’s premises by qualified and experienced professionals from relevant disciplines and specializations.

KI provides a full range of consulting and advisory services across a wide variety of business, economic and social sectors. In addition, KI produces policy briefs, in-depth analyses and commentaries on topical and emerging issues relating to social, economic and political developments in the country.