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ATM fellow graduates from SOAS

It’s Graduation Day for the ATM Fellows! The prestigious ceremony took place on the morning of Wednesday 25th July at SOAS University. Representatives from the school’s teaching staff, fellow graduates, honorary fellow Kanya King CBE MBE, family and friends were present and ready to celebrate the achievements of graduates. Dr. King spoke deeply about the…

Involving young girls and women in democracy

Young people from Diaspora communities participated a 5 Day bespoke the Civic and Democracy Leadership Programme which was aimed to equip young leaders to participate and engage with our Democracy so they can have a better understanding of what democracy really means and how it affects their lives. Two of our aspiring young leaders currently…

ATM Fellows Meet Lord Bourne

It was an amazing day out together with my fellow students on the ATM Law and Leadership students as we visited the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in London on 28th May 2018. Myself along with four other students undertook a work-shadowing placement with the different departments at the MHCLG with the support…

Can 3D printing rebuild Somalia?

In the 1330s the Al-Uruba hotel, on Mogadishu’s famed waterfront, was a grand building indeed. Overlooking what was once one of the richest, most powerful ports in East Africa – a jewel of the Indian Ocean trade system and a centrepiece of the global economy – it was erected to house the diplomats and dignitaries…

A Somali ethnic tick box is needed in the UK’s 2021 census

The need to include Somali ethnicity on National Census Today, nobody knows the exact numbers of Somalis in the UK with the official numbers being around 109,000 but anecdotal numbers suggesting Somalis in the UK are between 250,000- 400,000. Every 10 years, The Office of National Statistics (ONS) collects and publishes statistics related to the economy, population, and society at national, regional and local levels. Collected data is then analysed and disseminated to relevant stakeholders including local authorities who use the supplied data to allocated resources. With…

ATM Fellowship ‘A Beacon of Social Mobility’.

The second  ATM Fellowship networking event took place on Tuesday, 9th May 2018 at the Foreign Commonwealth Office. The ATM Fellows, who are now midway through their Law and Leadership programme, were joined by colleagues from a wide variety of agencies sectors. Ben Lyster-Binns, Head of Joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office-Department for International Development Somalia Unit and…

Pathways for Peace: Reflections from Somalia

Earlier this spring, I was invited to participate in the launch of Pathways for Peace, an important study jointly developed by the UN and World Bank. Based on extensive research of what has ‘worked’ in different countries, the study sets out recommendations for how development processes can better interact with security, diplomacy, mediation, and other…

Young Leaders In Action

Voting as a political and social act is often something we consider to be part and parcel of everyday life. In fact, we have become so accustomed to voting that a culture of apathy has grown around the act. Yet, you often hear that young Somali-British don’t care about politics- but that’s certainly not true…

ATM Fellows Visit 10 Downing Street!

Last Friday, ATM Fellows made their mark on No.10 Downing Street in an exciting meeting with the Prime Minister’s advisers. The group were joined by representatives from SOAS University of London and Dahabshiil who have been the principal sponsor of the ATM programme since its inception. The group entered the home of British politics through…

ATM FELLOW’S: UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE FCO.

The ATM Fellows were fortunate to spend a day at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, where they heard from the various departments and gained a greater understanding of the important work of the FCO. The programme not only provides exceptional community leaders with a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Leadership but also develops…

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