About Us
At the heart of our work is the belief that criticism and comment is not enough to effect meaningful change. Working hard to put human rights and locally driven development into practice, we strive for long-term, institutional change.
  • Who We Are

    Who We Are

    Horizon Institute is a local Somaliland NGO that assists government, private sector, and not-for-profit institutions create and take advantage of development opportunities.

     

    Our Founding Principles

    Horizon Institute was founded in 2013 in response to the disconnect between local needs, human rights, development and institution building. We are driven by a conviction that leveraging local knowledge and prioritising human rights and the rule of law is key to strengthening governments and institutions, and moving communities from fragility to stability.

     

    Horizon’s work lies at the intersection of human rights, institution building and locally driven development. We integrate all three approaches to create effective initiatives that result in stronger and more resilient communities. 

  • Our Values

    • Prioritising and promoting human rights

    • Partnership = Ownership

    • Meaningful and sustainable results

    • Harnessing local expertise

    • Highest professional standards

    • Our Values

      Prioritising and promoting human rights

      Prioritising and promoting human rights

      Human rights are at the forefront of every aspect of Horizon's work. By strengthening institutional adherance to human rights and the rule of law, we seek to establish an environment conducive to peace, justice, and development. 

    • Our Values

      Partnership = Ownership

      Partnership = Ownership

      Horizon collaborates with local institutions and encourages those we work with to have input and the last word in any changes and recommendations we bring to the table. Often, the projects we undertake are at the behest of the members of the local institutions and community. 

    • Our Values

      Meaningful and sustainable results

      Meaningful and sustainable results

      Our goal is to create the foundation for long term development. We believe that meaningful development occurs only when local actors take ownership of projects, so Horizon purposefully collaborates with stakeholders and beneficiaries in the hopes that their insights create pathways to sustainable development.

    • Our Values

      Harnessing local expertise

      Harnessing local expertise

      Working with local actors is central to our work. In order to fully comprehend and navigate the socioeconomic and political dynamics of a region, Horizons listens to and relies on the knowledge of the local actors. With each initiative, we ensure that all relevant actors - from the community to the institutional level - are involved. 

    • Our Values

      Highest professional standards

      Highest professional standards

      Horizon maintains the highest professional and ethical standards in all aspects of our work. We approach projects with a commitment to performing with honesty and integrity. Our team is competent and diligent, and provides objective advice to stakeholders and beneficiaries while maintaining confidentiality.

  • Our Approach

    Horizon implements research and projects simultaneously. Our unique approach uses a combination of field monitoring and research to ensure that our projects are continually informed by a deep understanding of the local context.

     

    This in-depth local knowledge is combined with, and enhanced by, a wealth of international expertise; our team includes both Somalilander and international experts. 

    Our Approach
  • Our Activities

    Our Activities

    • Advising the Ministry of Justice, Attorney General’s Office and the High Judicial Council on their legal, administrative and institutional development.
    • Supporting the establishment of an independent Bar Association.
    • Advising the Ministry of Justice on the establishment of a Public Defender’s Office.
    • Building the skills and competencies of prosecutors, entry-level judges and defence lawyers through legal training.
    • Supporting the development of strategies and mechanisms to prosecute sexual violence effectively.
    • Supporting juvenile justice through monitoring of cases, legal training and advising on the establishment of juvenile courts.
    • Carrying out research to identify the most approriate areas for investment in Somaliland's justice sector.