Working towards a just society

Project Status: Ongoing

Project partners; ASEP, NAPAD, ADA

Financial Donor: TIS/ DAI

Project goal: The goal of this activity is to facilitate civic dialogue processes, rooted in best practices in peace building and conflict sensitive approaches that will result in agreement between communities on local governance arrangements within the confines of the Somali Provisional Constitution and pertinent federal legislation.

Target areas: luuq, doolow, belet hawa

Project specific objectives:

  1. Facilitate horizontal and vertical civic dialogue between different levels of government and amongst communities around governance.
  2. Validate or arrive at a consensus around new local governance arrangements that are in line with the Somali Provisional Constitution.
  3. Facilitate constructive dialogue around good leadership, the new Provisional Constitution, the importance of electing responsive and accountable government representatives, the utility of a common vision and working towards the common good

Key activities

  • Identify the priority areas for initiating or building on existing locally driven peace building and civic engagement processes.
  • Review the plethora of conflict and context analysis studies and fill gaps to understand the conflict dynamics and political actors in the areas selected for this activity.
  • Conduct a thorough review of ongoing civic engagement around governance initiatives funded by other donors to avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Conduct an assessment of existing community peace building structures and traditional mechanisms for conflict resolution to ensure the right actors are selected to participate in this process.
  • Develop a strategy for facilitating civic engagement processes that are harmonized with the Federal Government of Somalia’ Stabilization Plans. The strategy should be informed by best practices in facilitating peace building and conflict transformation processes.
  • Prepare participant lists for each of the local civic engagement processes that are includes a wide range of stakeholders including the FGoS, local administration, elders, religious leaders, women, youth, and minority clan representatives to ensure a truly inclusive process.
  • Develop a detailed work plan with timeline for implementation of this activity.
  • To ensure that the civic engagement process is truly inclusive, it must include a diverse group of stakeholders and the process should be driven by consensus based decision-making processes.
  • Implement the Civic Engagement Strategy and ensure close coordination and active participation by the FGoS.
  • Develop a creative Communications Strategy to disseminate results of the local civic engagement processes.