Who We Are

About Us

We are a research and consultancy firm that was established in 2009 to work with humanitarian and development partners and ensure powerful transformations in the development of the horn of Africa. Dansom has since developed a network of thematic and regional experts based in Somalia and Kenya, with a unique level of access to hard-to-reach areas and a strong focus on security and socio-political and economic development in Eastern Africa.

We have notably worked with international consultancies and international donor agencies on developing tailored community engagement strategies, political economy analysis and third party monitoring and evaluation programmes. Dansom is one of the very few organizations that have demonstrated their capacity to access any part of Somalia and engage meaningfully with, Federal, State, Regional and Local leaders. Our team includes subject matter experts and specialised practitioners combining experience in economic growth, agriculture, health, policy and strategic advisory, conflict and security, programme and organisational management, technical assistance, capacity building and third party monitoring and performance evaluation.

Our Vision

Our vision is To support the development of the horn of Africa by increasing understanding and knowledge through innovative approaches in socio-political engagement and strategic field-based research.

We aim to be the leading research and consultancy firm in the horn of Africa, providing high-quality services to our clients and partners, and contributing to the development of the region. Our vision is to be a trusted partner for our clients, providing them with the best possible solutions to their needs and challenges.

Our Values

Our values are the guiding principles that shape our work and define our approach to research and consultancy. We are committed to the following core values:


To ensure our research is ethical and respectful to all stakeholders, we are committed to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.


We are committed to innovative approaches in our research and consultancy work, ensuring that we provide our clients with the best possible solutions.


We are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality of service, ensuring that we meet their needs and exceed their expectations.


We are committed to being transparent and accountable in all our work, ensuring that we deliver on our promises and meet our commitments.


At DANSOM we are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment that embraces individuals regardless of gender and from all backgrounds, including ethnic and religious minorities. Ourx Minority Inclusion Policy reflects our dedication to promoting equality, understanding, and respect among all members within the environment we work in.

Meet Our Team

Mahamed M. Dirir

Managing Director

Mahamad Mahab Dirir is a programming, management, social economic, development policy, conflict management, leadership, security M&E Expert with over 20 years of experience in development cooperation & extensive experience working with donors & stakeholders throughout Somalia.

Abdifatah Abdullahi Ali

Head of programmes

Mr Abdifatah Abdullahi is a dynamic M&E and evaluation professional with 10 years of combined experience in the horn of Africa across various sectors of food security and livelihood, education, WASH, shelter, health, Nutrition, governance, climate adaptation and resilience.

Dr. Zainab Ahmed

Health Domain Expert

Dr. Zainab Ahmed is the Health Domain Manager at Dansom Research and Consultancy. As a medical doctor and experienced researcher and M&E expert, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her role. Zainab has worked as a GBV advisor for the federal Ministry of Women

Douglas Nzioka

Adminitration & Operations Manager

Douglas has over 12 years of senior level experience in management (Operations, Financial, Logistics and Human Resources), Procurement and M&E. He has extensive experience conducting M&E assessment and compliance in funded projects in Somalia.

Brian O. Mauwa

Statistician Data Scientist & ME Specialist

Brian is an experienced Statistician, Data Scientist and M&E Specialist, with widespread experience in monitoring, verification, evaluation and learning. He has expert knowledge in participatory methodologies and research design.

Sagal Mohamoud

Operations Coordinator

Sagal has 15 years of experience in operations, financial management, logistics, HR, procurement, and M&E. She holds an MBA from Marymount University and has led USAID/EU projects and Cash-for-Work programs in Somalia,Iraq and Afghanistan.


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