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The fruits of development projects

This story alone inshAllah should inspire many of you to leave wasting your lives chasing the useless dunya and try to create some development projects “back home” inshAllah:

http://somalilandpress.com/somaliland-a-short-back-and-sides-36432

Education in Somaliland

One of the main educational institutes in Somaliland is actually owned and run by ethiopia:

http://somalilandpress.com/video-hundreds-graduate-from-admas-university-in-somaliland-36231

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admas_University_College,_Hargeisa

It is part of this group:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admas_College

Whilst this is an ok tempoary solution to ensure education in somaliland is possible, I strongly suggest native educational establishments are developed to a good level inshAllah.

This is money leaking out of Somaliland and allowing a regional rival to gain influence and spread their culture in Somaliland and has a lot of other negative factors. Development of the educational system in Somaliland is absolutely imperative inshAllah!!!

Anyone who has any info on the educational system in Somaliland along with achievements, needs, potential projects etc inshAllah feel free to post here. I would love to have some people who know the system well, explain the system, what age do you leave school, what college qualifications do you study, what Universities do you have etc?

Anyone willing to write an article leave a comment and I will give you posting privilidges so that you can write an article. (I will automatcially have your email if you just post a comment stating your interest in writing something inshAllah)

Pharmaceuticals is an essential area to expand into

As can be seen from this video, once you have the equipment and know how, you can produce life saving drugs which are vital to your country (MashAllah great to see a Muslim country has acheived this btw):

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012101933223174554.html

In this particular case, they are using a drug that has been patented, which is dodgey territory as you could face pressure and sanctions. However, what should be remembered is that patents can only last up to 25 years maximum:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_long_is_a_new_drug_protected_by_patent_laws_after_the_patent_is_issued

So if we start with the drugs which have had their patents run out, it might mean we are 25 years behind Europe but it’s a start. InshAllah we can have the infrastructure in place, develop our own pharmaceuticals and maybe in the future one day we can start to research new things. However I strongly believe that Muslim lands should shy away from research at the moment and focus on implementing what knowledge is already currently available and catch up with the developing world. Once we have caught up inshAllah we cam begin to innovate.

So my recommendation for some of you is to try to study pharmaceuticals, for those who already are in that industry, either studying or working, start thinking about ways to start an industry. We need something owned by sincere somalis as opposed to outsiders with their own agenda’s. It can start with research, find out what equipment is needed, network with other somali pharmacists, find out the costs involved, post up any info you have here (in the comments section), tell us any other expertise you need and inshAllah we will all look to the posibility of one day developing our own pharmaceuticals. It means not having to constantly import them, which means the money doesnt leak out of the somali economy and you have medication on demand when needed and your not having to rely on foreign nations with their own agenda.

I would love to see some input from the pharmacy experts inshAllah

Another point of interest, and this is a question for our experts, which materials do you need to make a drug? Are they things that can be organically grown in Somalia? It might be worth considering if our agriculturalists and pharmacists can team up on growing things in somaliland that can then be used to manufacture medicines. I would really appreciate some indepth response from the experts in this area.

Jazakum Allahu Khair

p.s. remember this is heavily beneciial to the somaliland economy as it creates jobs, stops money leaking out to foreign nations, and you can even bring money in through exports if you have more than is needed for domestic use. We can produce HIV tablets, malaria tablets, or whatever is needed inshAllah and the benefit to somalilands development would be immense bi ithnillah

Agriculture and forestry

Agriculture  is a way to feed the nation from its own land.  once somebody plants crops they  have to stick around and tend them, harvest them, store them, and prepare for next year’s crop.This creates not only jobs for one or two people but it can be a way of creating jobs for many people depending on the size of the land.

When  farmers can supply enough food, the town population can grow. Eventually ending up with what’s going on today in most of the world – relatively few highly productive farmers are supplying millions of people with food. At that point a leisure society develops where the focus is on recreation. This can be possible too in Somaliland today but only takes effort  , patients and ambition to get the work done. Below is a video showing practical steps and types of services that are available to help establish good agriculture in Somaliland.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkY0dwi-sVw&feature=related

Forestry 

The increased demand for firewood and charcoal has resulted in the deforestation of large areas of the nation’s woodlands creating severe ecological problems (such as increased soil erosion, more frequent draughts and the destruction of wildlife habitats) and sociological problems (the unproductive and speculative enclosure of communal grazing lands, and in the urban area the ever increasing and the distasteful disputes over land ownership that is destroying moral fabrics of our society). The current trends of tree felling is not sustainable and unless a substitute for charcoal and firewood for cooking purposes is found soon the green and the pleasant undulating woodlands of Somaliland will completely disappear.

There are different ways in which the ever-increasing demand for cooking energy can potentially be met. Firstly, there is the option of using fossil fuel, however, currently the cost of kerosene or electricity and the associated initial expenses of buying appropriate cookers, put fossil fuel beyond the reach of all but a tiny minority of Somalilanders. Improving the efficiency of the traditional stoves (Girgire) or switching to solar cookers can significantly reduce the consumption of charcoal, however, both have their own drawbacks, the gain in efficiency in the improved stove would need to keep up with extra demand created by the fast growing population. While the solar technology is still in its infancy, can not store energy and has handling problems which include the fact that cooking needs to be done in the sun.

A more sustainable and affordable substitute for charcoal involves in using indigenous plants that produce oils, which can be used as a fuel for cooking purposes. The use of plant oils as a fuel for cooking stoves presents a promising alternative. However, considering the existing food scarcity in Somaliland, utilisation of plant oils, as a cooking fuel should not compete with production of food.

In Somaliland, There is a plant locally known as Jilbadhiig, which is known to produce plant oils that can be used as a fuel for cooking and lighting. This tree which widely grows in low laying areas of Somaliland is internationally know as Jetropha or physic nut tree and is a close relative of the tree that produces the castor oil. Jilbadhiig is a drought resistant perennial, which has a productive life of up to 50 years and does not require frequent planting or tending. The plant is adapted to extreme growing conditions and allows the cultivation of poor and marginal soils, hence it does not compete with the production of food and other crops and can be used to combat soil erosion.

The Jilbadhiig can be grown in various ways. You can grow it in a nursery and transplant seedlings in your field. You can plant cutting directly in the field or you can plant the seeds directly in your field. Under good rainfall conditions, the Jilbadhiig tree produces fruits after the first rainy season. It thrives well on low lands with annual temperatures 20-28 0C and mean annual rainfall of 300 – 1000 mm or more.

source –http://www.mbali.info/doc370.htm

Somaliland Electrical Grid

I will update this page with info on the electrical generation, distribution and transmission in somaliland inshallah.

This company is in charge of the grid:

http://kaahelectric.com/

Rebuilding Somaliland Blog

Will sort this blog out properly inshAllah when I have time, for now, here’s some articles worth reading:

http://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/somaliland-update-state-visit-to-china-pays-immediate-dividends-to-somaliland-infrastructure/

http://somalilandtimes.net/2003/71/7129.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somaliland

Anyone who is a professional and is interested in contributing to this blog or organising some projects please leave a comment inshAllah, I have access to anyones email address who comments so will get back to you soon inshAllah.

Here is a good blog with news updates of somaliland and it also covers surrounding regions elsewhere on the blog:

http://somalilandpress.com/pages/somaliland

Jazakum Allahu kahir