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Abdurahman Sharif

Director - Somalia NGO Consortium

Abdurahman Sharif is the Director of the Somalia NGO Consortium, a network of over 80 international and local NGOS working in Somalia. He was previously the Executive Director of the Muslim Charities Forum.

He is a graduate in Languages from the University of Sorbonne in Paris (France) and holds two Master's Degrees, one in Languages from the University of Sorbonne and another one in Development Studies from the University of Pavia (Italy). He lived for many years in Italy where he worked for the International NGO CISP - Sviluppo dei Popoli, of which he is also an Associate Member, and has been involved in many awareness raising activities with the Somali Diaspora both in Italy and the UK.

Abdurahman speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic and Somali. In 2013 he was part of the International Visitor's Leadership Program, a flagship exchange programme run by the US State Department. In 2014, he was granted a fellowship award by the Association of chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO).

Terrorism Laws Risk Putting Aid Delivery in Jeopardy

Providing humanitarian aid in conflict zones can mean having to negotiate access to areas where proscribed groups operate. This poses a risk that can lead to prosecution under UK counter-terrorism laws.
10/03/2015 11:39 GMT

The Curious Case of 'Bad Behaviour' in Charities

The reaction from the Charity Commission on these cases was in my eyes exemplary. Not only did it act swiftly to remove a charity that should have never been on their register in the first place but it also was quick to reassure the public on social media and elsewhere that the programme did 'not reflect the vast majority of charities that are properly run by honest trustees'.
20/02/2015 13:10 GMT

Why Are Muslim Charities Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

What is even more alarming is that this type of 'prejudiced' open source information is then stored by software used by banks and other interested parties to monitor charities and assess risks involved with running accounts for them.
04/11/2014 16:50 GMT

Hawala and the Diminishing Humanitarian Space

The repercussions of Barclays closing 80 accounts held by money remitters have the possibility of being extremely detrimental to millions of Somalis who rely on these funds to live.
15/07/2013 12:49 BST