The Somaliland Non-State Actors Forum (SONSAF) is a not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that was established in 2005 by various civil society organizations (CSOs) members of the business groups, traditional leaders, professional associations and religious leaders. Since its official registration in 2008, SONSAF has become a leading civil society platform mandated to strengthen the voice of Somaliland’s non-state actors (NSAs), enabling them to have a vibrant space in policy dialogue with a particular focus in peace-building, democratization, security, poverty reduction, human rights, infrastructure and good governance.
SONSAF aims to have concrete influence in formulating policies that address the needs of all citizens, especially marginalized members of society that include women, minority groups, people with disabilities and youth.
SONSAF continuously aims to enhance the development process by strengthening the NSAs influence through effective coordination, demonstrating best practices and innovative networking strategies to all its NSA members. SONSAF also promotes the concept of NSA to other like-minded organization including those from neighboring countries in the Horn of Africa.
As an independent Non-State Actors platform, SONSAF does not have a direct influence or administrative impact on the contrary, it is solely concerned about ways and means of advancing the voices and fiscal representation of its NSA members to positively contribute to the national, regional and international platforms that are responsible for the formulation of domestic, regional and global policies that address the needs of all of humanity.
As its name suggests, SONSAF is the umbrella organization of NSAs in Somaliland, with 67 Organizations drawn from the following:
SONSAF Board of Directors