|IOM Providing health care for mobile population in Somaliland|
The selection was made based on academic ranking and geographical origin. Priority was given to qualified candidates from underserved communities in Gabiley, Hargeisa, Berbera, Lascanod and Erigavo.
According to a study conducted by the Somaliland National Youth Organization (SONYO), high unemployment in Somaliland contributes to irregular migration, drug addiction and conflict. The study which was carried out in December 2010 by SONYO, in conjunction with the Dutch NGO Oxfam-Novib, indicated that out of 800 young people interviewed, only 25 per cent were employed.
That matches statistics reported by Somaliland’s National Development Programme, which says that unemployment among youth stands at 75 per cent, even higher than the national average of 61.5 per cent in urban areas and 40.7 per cent in rural and nomadic areas. Unofficial estimates are that between 65 and 70 per cent of Somaliland’s 3.5 million people are under the age of 30.