About Hankaal

The Hankaal Institute is an independent not-for-profit think tank dedicated to building and promoting peace, developing sustainable public policy and programs while enhancing public sector accountability, and social entrepreneurship.

The Hankaal aims to enhance peace and stability employing a rights-based approach to peace and public policy development. To achieve this aim, Hankaal will employ a mix of strategic policy research, supporting grass roots peace-building approaches and building community resilience to promote peace, and mobilize resources for sustainable socio-economic development through ongoing research and building evidence base for coherent public private partnerships.


Hankaal Institute

Mission Statement

The word Hankaal consists of two Somali words:


han and kaal

These can be translated to ambtion (han) and support (kaal).

What We Do

Ethiopia is turning a historical page and embarking on transformative politics. Nowhere is transformation needed and relevant than the Somali Regional State. It is important to note that the Somali Region is in severe developmental deficit, partly because of lack of institutional capacity resulting from decades of marginalization and interrupted human capacity development.

Recognizing this developmental deficit, the Hankaal Institute’s vision is to generate knowledge through ongoing evidence-based research to inform coherent public policy and programs, and contribute to the development of robust public institutions.

Hankaal will focus on institutional capacity development by providing training initiatives, and developing required tools and resources mainly in the areas of pubic sector accountability, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluating public policies and programs.

Our Areas of Research

Hankaal Peace and Policy Development Institute (PPDI) aims to conduct and commission research in collaboration with community-based organizations, public sector schools, and local universities. Hankaal Institute will conduct action-oriented research that will build the foundation for durable solutions for peace and policy development challenges. The Institute is dedicated to building evidence-base for public sector accountability, raise awareness and promote peace-building processes, and develop robust understanding of innovative public-private-public partnerships for sustainable social entrepreneurship.

Socio-economic Development Studies

Hankaal Institute will carry-out assessments and analysis that will provide evidence for local innovation and social entrepreneurships.

Employing asset-based community building approaches, the Institute will produce knowledge that will signal the imperative to drive the potential transformational benefits of social entrepreneurship in the context of the Somali Region.







Public Institution Building Studies

Understanding that there are limited public institutional capacity in many parts of the Horn of African, Hankaal Institute will carry out research that address how to enhance public institution capacity.

Hankaal Insitute will generate knowledge through ongoing evidence-based research that will in turn inform coherent public policy and programing and contribute to the development of robust public sector institutions accountability.

The Institute will conduct needs assessment studies, identify knowledge gaps in various public sector institution and develop necessary frameworks and tools to equip departments and institutions deliver on their mandate.

Peace Studies

Hankaal Institute will produce knowledge on peacebuilding processes that will help facilitate long-term solutions to inter-and-intra community conflicts. The Institute will collaborate with local institutions of learning and conduct research that reveals the underlying socio-economic and political structures that perpetuate conflict, and will do ongoing mapping of conflicts and conflict analysis.

Hankaal will conduct studies that will examine the significance of transitional justice mechanisms in the context of Ethiopia and the Somali Region. Employing a system’s thinking approach, the Institute will research appropriate and context relevant transitional justice mechanisms and share lessons learned for institutional reforms.