Somalia’s pathway to sustainable development goals:  Education, Health and Poverty reduction by 2030 

Annual Conference

July 21, 22&23, 2020

Mogadishu, Somalia


The Somali National University is happy to announce its annual conference on Higher Education in Post-Conflict Societies,which will be taking place once again on July 21 -23, 2020 in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into force in January 2016 as the central United Nations (UN) platform for achieving ‘integrated and indivisible’ goals and targets.For countries on the move from violent conflict to peace and democratic rule such as Somalia, the 2030 Agenda can indeed be a powerful lever for change. Clearly, Somali government alone cannot implement the SDGs, without active collaboration with the private sector, civil society, universities and higher education institutions.

The Somali National University (SNU) is committed to  supporting the Somali government institutions, civil society, businesses and academic institutions to adopt a common platform to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. From this background, SNU calls for its fourth international conference (SNU-2020)with the aim to bring togethermultidisciplinary experts and high-level practitioners from around the world to exchange knowledge, ideas, experiences and expectations around the challenges involved with the SDGs and to discuss Somalia’s pathway to the SDG targets; education, health and poverty reduction. Through a combination of keynote presentations by renowned experts, round tables and parallel sessions, the conference wants to open a debate among the different stakeholders on solutions for a sustainable development to transform Somali society at country, regional and international level.

The SNU 2020 conference  is a follow up of the ‘SNU 2019 conference,’ which addresses achievements, outstanding issues and continued efforts and actions to advance SDGs goals with emphasis on  accelerating higher education transformation through establishment of national accreditation mechanisms and process; Working toward universal health coverage for vulnerable groups; and strengthening peace and stability.


  1. Relevant and industry based higher education.
  2. Tertiary vocational education.
  3.  Universal health coverage for vulnerable groups.
  4. National dialogue for sustainable peace and development. 
  5. Initiate start up business for youth as a driver of entrepreneurship and economic growth.

The SNU-2020 is broader than the previous conferences and it uses a multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach. While adopting an academic approach, the conference will give a platform for scholars, business community, youth entrepreneurs and policy makers to meet and share their innovative ideas and research results in the conference.

Interested academics, researchers, business community, policy makers, youth and women organizations, and higher education practitioners are kindly invited to submit abstracts on any of the aforementioned priority areas.

The conference will expect about 250-300 participants from around the world, therefore the SNU-2020 will provide you an excellent platform to present and showcase your research findings, innovative development ideas, business projects and services.


  • Abstract must be original , not published previously in scientific journal or conference proceedings.
  • Abstract must be based on the conference thematic area, any abstract outside of the  conference scope will not go further review.
  • The acceptable word range for the abstract is 400– 500 words. The abstracts which do not meet this word limit will be asked for revisions.
  • Please Download the abstract template and follow the format carefully.
  • Please  Download the full paper template and follow the format carefully
  • Your submission should be submitted in English.
  • We encourage you to send informative abstract (complete abstract) which is a compendious summary of a paper’s substance including its background, purpose, methodology, results, and conclusion
  • Please send in a brief biography together with the Abstract.
  • Abstracts should be submitted by email to: conference@snu.edu.so
  • Please include:
  1. Name
  2. Institution/Organization
  3. Position
  4. Academic degree
  5. Thematic area of your paper


Abstract submission deadline: April 25, 2020

Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2020

Submission of full papers: June 30, 2020

Conference dates: July 21-23, 2020