SONSAF

Peace Building &
Governance

SONSAF takes part in the peacebuilding processes in

The country by mediating between Non-State Actors and the State and any conflicting citizens. In the aspects of good governance, SONSAF warrants that the State follows the rules of law by holding them accountable, and the government is equitable and inclusive towards its citizen.

Project

Participatory Governance and Peace Programme (PGP)

2021-2023

Danida through SaferWorld

Summary & Achievements

The projects supported the governance processes of local and regional levels in Somaliland by strengthening and capacitating through increased participation, accessibility, and inclusivity of citizens. In conjunction, with NEC and Parliamentary Sub-Committees, SONSAF ensured the legal and governing election frameworks were harmonized. Furthermore, SONSAF utilized the NSAs Forum to reduce tensions surrounding the election through mediation and political harmonization efforts.

Key achievements

  • 20 CSOs members trained on mediation and dialogue skills
  • Produced five case studies illustrating the role of mediation in reducing tensions throughout the election cycle
  • 10 consultations held on the legal and administrative framework for elections
  • Electoral laws are successfully amended and made law ahead of the 2017 election.
  • 90 political party members are trained in developing policies, structures, and systems to conduct professional election campaigns that comply with relevant legislation and best practice.

Project

Supporting clan reconciliation and inclusive peacebuilding in the Sool region

2021-2023

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through SaferWorld

Summary & Achievements

As a part of the recurring conflict in the district of Xudun & Kalabaydh in the Sool region, the project sought to build on the current windows of opportunity to empower individuals and communities to promote long-term reconciliation and peacebuilding more effectively, including conflict mitigation and prevention. It seeks to strengthen existing locally legitimate customary reconciliation processes led by clan elders to secure, disseminate, and implement agreements and disrupt ongoing cycles of revenge killing.

Project

Support Peaceful Elections (PEACE) in Somaliland Programme.

2020-2022

European Union

Summary & Achievements

The project entitled Support Peaceful Elections (PEACE) in Somaliland supported the overall peacefulness of the combined parliamentarian and local elections in Somaliland 2021. In achieving a peaceful election, SONSAF established an Election Situation Room (ESR) that reduces election tensions and conflicts. In addition, to increasing women and minority participation in the electoral.

Key achievements

  • Deployment of over 900 election conflict monitors.
  • Capacitated over 8,000 political party observers.
  • Coordinated and trained Media Houses to promote peaceful elections.
  • Supported Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC) through civic education initiatives.
  • Worked closely with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) command centre to mitigate election conflicts and tensions.
  • Provided indirect support to 33 women and minority candidates.
  • Successfully advocated for the wavering of all fees to women and minority candidates.
  • Produced Joint CSOs election report.

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