Visit their site: www.pdrcsomalia.org/HeadQuarters: Puntland Development Research Center Garowe Puntland State Somalia
PDRC is a successor body of former War-torn Societies Project International (WSPI), which operated in Puntland during 1997–99. On October 30, 1999, the center was founded as a Local Non-Governmental Organization (LNGO), governed by a Board of Directors (BoD) of seven members. The Board, also called “Founders”, consists of five men and two ladies. The present director, Abdurahman Abdulle Osman (Shuke), then became the first executive director of organization.
Founders lobby for fund-raising and promote Puntland Development Research Center’s policies and programmes. The founders also conduct/arrange meetings to review the organization’s performance and guide future programmes.
THE CENTER PREMISES
Puntland Regional Administration, in late 2000, had donated 3,500 square meters of land with its rundown physical structures and leased to PDRC for 50 years. The facility, consisting of a single building that hosted both the administration and programme, was renovated through the contributions of the following organizations: WSPI -US$23,000, Puntland Diaspora US$10,000 and Diakonia (A Swedish NGO) US$ 6,000.
The construction of a modern and spacious Meeting Hall, Meeting and training rooms complete with necessary equipment, and a library facility have been added to the physical structures of the organization. The center hosts and continues to accommodate almost all major conferences and other events that take place in the area both at local and national levels.
PDRC program comprise of two main components:
The center has adopted “Participatory Action Research - (PAR)” as a strategic tool for peace-building, reconstruction, development, and democratization of government systems, both traditional and modern. PDRC conducted wide-ranging Participatory Action Research (PAR) throughout Puntland, leading to a build-up of confidence, ownership of processes and, above all, consensus on issues discussed.
|PDRC and Interpeace, as part of their wide multifaceted peace promotion programmes in Puntland, has been conducting, a series of workshops, trainings and other initiatives designed to engage Puntland youth in peace promotion and peace building.|
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