FAQs

What does SONSAF stand for?

SONSAF stands for Somaliland Non State Actors Forum

What does SONSAF do?

SONSAF is mandated to strengthen non state actors in Somaliland to engage in international policy dialogue and decision making.

SONSAF is not a funding body and does not distribute any funds or direct assistance.

What is an NSA?

We define non state actors as groups and individuals, not acting as representatives of the government.

Why does SONSAF engage in policy dialogue?

Policy dialogue is about finding solutions to societal problems in an inclusive and consultative manner. SONSAF engages in policy dialogue with the Government of Somaliland and the international community to ensure that Somaliland society has a say in the decision-making processes that will effect their future.

Why should decision makers listen to SONSAF?

  • It is the government and donors' declared objective to work for the interest of the Somaliland people
  • Our members know the situation on the ground, what people need and aspire to, as we have the direct contact with them
  • We are in a position to represent the views, concerns and priorities of people from all spheres of life throughout Somaliland
  • In the long run, decision makers are dependent on the people they claim to represent.

What are the benefits of SONSAF membership?

As a member of SONSAF you can promote the views, concerns and priorities of your community. By engaging in policy dialogue SONSAF members have the potential to influence the decision-making processes that have implications for the lives of all people in Somaliland.

How can I join SONSAF?

You can join us by visiting our membership page.

What can the platform do that individual members cannot?

By bringing together a broad cross section of non state actors that speak with one voice on a given issue, SONSAF gives a combined weight to those that wouldn’t always have their voices heard at the policy level. SONSAF has built good links with national authorities and the international community and plays an important coordination and bridging role between non state actors and decision makers.

Who are the platforms funded by?

SONSAF is funded by the European Union, the grant is administered by Saferworld.

Can SONSAF fund us?

SONSAF is not a funding body and does not distribute any funds or direct assistance.

What role does Saferworld play in supporting SONSAF?

Saferworld supports the non-state platforms with technical, policy and advocacy advice.

Saferworld facilitates meetings between the non-state actor platforms and the international community and manages the grant from the EC.

If none of the above answers your query you can also contact us directly:
info@sonsaf.org

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