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About Us

BIRD is a brainchild of Benadir University (BU) in Mogadishu, Somalia – The institute culminates the decades of efforts in the furtherance of the research mission & vision of BU. Right from the actualization of postgraduate programs, the founders of Benadir University conceived the idea to set-up a research department to support graduate training, manage research grants, and increase research output, an idea that would later translate into BIRD..

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Our Mission

Working with the community, academia, civil society, and governments to constantly address research gaps, and design projects that will sustainably improve the livelihoods in Somalia

Our Vision

We envision a Somalia where knowledge is readily available to the academia, civil society, governments, and the global community –as they work to address the problems facing the Somali Community. .

What We Do


BIRD aims to churn out new knowledge in a wide range of disciplines and fields in the areas of
arts and sciences and join the active community of global institutions that share foci, values,
and mission in research.

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Course & Trainings

BIRD seeks to; train and mentor young researchers, create and disseminate knowledge in a wide
range of disciplines, and encourage senior researchers and international scholars to participate
in the activities of the institute.

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Community Development Programs

BIRD seeks to widen its partnerships with relevant local and international individuals and
institutions to influence the necessary skills required for the furtherance of research and
development activities.

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Latest Activities

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