About Us

Somaliland Non-State Actors Forum (SONSAF)

About us

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.

SONSAF Umbrella

As its name suggests, SONSAF is the umbrella organization of NSAs in Somaliland, with 67 Organizations drawn from the following:

  1. Civil Society Organizations –The Civil Society Organization (CSO) are one of the largest groups under the SONSAF umbrella, including the following groups: youth, women, human rights, disability, HIV, AIDS & FGM, environmental network, lobbying and advocacy. 
  2. Private Sector – SONSAF represents all private sector entities including, SMEs and large organizations such as banks & remittances, telecommunications, energy, and aviation. 
  3. Professional Associations – All professional institutions; including universities, health councils, media, and lawyers’ associations and research institutions.
  4. Religious Association – Local religious leaders that take part in community engagements and outreach programs addressing relevant issues. 
  5.   Traditional Leaders – The traditional and elder associations are key to peace and state-building in Somaliland, playing a significant role in conflict resolution. 

Our Vision

SONSAF envisions effective development, cooperation, trade, and policy dialogue (locally and internationally).

Our Mission

our mission is to engage NSAs by improving their capacity to enable them to have space in policy dialogue activities.

Core Values

  • Proactive and participatory
  • Commitment and compassionate
  • Integrity and impartiality
  • Time management and efficient


  • Support local democratization process and election process in Somaliland
  • Focus on increasing policy dialogue activities in all development aspects such as policy formulation, regulatory framework and rule of law.
  • Increase policy dialogue on development aid
  • Build the capacity of the member of the community

Organizational Structure

Our Top Managers

Meet our senior managers

Board of Directors

SONSAF Board of Directors