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Following Mobile Money in Somaliland

On Thursday 5 May 2016, the Rift Valley Forum launched the research paper, Following Mobile Money in Somaliland, which examines the development of Zaad, Somaliland’s first mobile money platform.

Launched in 2009, Zaad rapidly become a key feature of Somaliland’s financial infrastructure that had previously been dominated by remittance companies. The report charts the rapid growth of this popular financial service and the way it is reshaping livelihoods and business practices. It also considers the implication of its popularity for the relationship between the state and non-state actors and Somaliland’s emerging financial institutions.

The launch was hosted by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Hargeysa.


Omar Ali Abdillahi
RVI Consultant


Nasir Ali

Abdirahman Hassan 

Mohamed Hassan Ibrahim
DG of Ministry of Finance

Amina Warsame

Abdirahman Adan Shire
Telesom – Zaad

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