Matt Baugh » Ambassador to Somalia

Somalia and the G8: Push to start

This week, as part the UK’s Presidency of the G8, Foreign Ministers will meet to discuss the need to encourage the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) to re-engage in Somalia. The G8 countries are some of the largest shareholders in both the World Bank and the IMF. As a result, the UK is using its Presidency of the G8 to propose that G8 countries support two things. Firstly, in the short-term, … Read more »Somalia and the G8: Push to start

Opportunity, partnership and commitment.

Last Thursday, the Federal Government of Somalia, together with the UK, hosted the latest meeting with a number of key international partners in Mogadishu. The location was significant. This was the first time such a meeting had been held in Mogadishu since the Federal Government came to power last year. It was a real demonstration of the ‘paradigm shift’ in Somalia’s relationship with the international community that President Hassan Sheikh … Read more »Opportunity, partnership and commitment.

Giving voice to Somalia’s silent majority

International Women’s Day is a global opportunity to celebrate and promote the rights of women. It is a chance for all of us, men and women, to unite under a single, common aim – gender equality. This is particularly pertinent in Somalia. Everyone in Somalia has suffered from decades of often unrelenting conflict. But Somalia’s collapse has had a disproportionate impact on the lives of women and girls, with Somalia … Read more »Giving voice to Somalia’s silent majority

From the Olympic village to Somalia – FCO women’s stories

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In the lead up to International Women’s Day on Friday, we are featuring the stories of women who work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as guest posts across the FCO bloggers’ network. Jane Stevens and Tracey McLelland are a successful job sharing duo who are part of the communications team working on the upcoming London Conference on Somalia. How do you follow up a stint leading the Foreign Office’s … Read more »From the Olympic village to Somalia – FCO women’s stories

Somalia: A New Year’s Resolution – Together into 2013


A year ago, few predicted that Somalia would see such significant changes; yet 2012 saw some real progress in Somalia – including the end of the Transition; a new Parliament (with a significant number of new MPs); the election of a new, reform-minded Speaker and President and a desire for a different type of politics. Al Shabaab has been weakened, having lost the strategic locations of Baidoa and Kismayo, to … Read more »Somalia: A New Year’s Resolution – Together into 2013

Somalia: Breaking The Silence On Sexual Violence


Earlier this year, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague MP, announced a new initiative to prevent sexual violence against women. It aims to strengthen international efforts and coordination to prevent and respond to sexual violence, to erode the existing culture of impunity, to increase the number of perpetrators brought to justice and to support states to build their own capacity to deal with this appalling crime. It is, in effect, … Read more »Somalia: Breaking The Silence On Sexual Violence

Politics, partnership and patience.

SoS Justine Greening and Minister for Africa meet President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on a recent visit to Mogadishu.

So the final piece of the post-Transition jigsaw has finally fallen into place. Prime Minister Abdi Farah  Shirdon’s 10-person Council of Minister is now approved – overwhelmingly – by Parliament and with it, the final act of a two-month process to find Somalia’s new leaders. Put before Parliament last week, their near-unanimous approval of the nominated Council was a further sign that both the Parliament and the new Executive are … Read more »Politics, partnership and patience.

Somalia: stepping into the future


Yesterday, Somalia marked a major milestone in its recent history. After two decades of civil war, and a year after the Roadmap was agreed, the Transitional Period finally concluded with the election by MPs of new President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud. This was the first such election inside Somalia for many years and came just weeks after the agreement on a new provisional Constitution, the successful inauguration of the new federal Parliament … Read more »Somalia: stepping into the future

Somalia: Taking Stock of the Transition

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On Monday, Somalia marked a significant milestone in its history. Twenty years after the country fell into conflict, a new Federal Parliament was inaugurated – paving the way to end the Transition in the next few days, and opening the first legislature to be formed inside Somalia since 1991. This is a huge achievement, both for the people of Somalia and their representatives in Mogadishu. Success in Somalia is not always easy … Read more »Somalia: Taking Stock of the Transition

Celebrating Somali Olympic heroes

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The following is a guest blog by Fionna Gibb, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Office for Somalia.  As Ambassador Matt Baugh is on leave, last Friday I had the pleasure of hosting the British Office for Somalia’s reception in Mogadishu to celebrate the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. As the sun set on the Indian Ocean, and the waves pounded on the Somali shore, I was joined … Read more »Celebrating Somali Olympic heroes