Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Somalia: the Role of Civil Society

On 7 May 2013 the Federal Government of Somalia and the UK Government will co-host a second international conference in London on Somalia.  Many Somalis believe that decisions which directly affect their lives are driven by an international agenda, and involve little local consultation.  This lack of ownership contributes to a sense of alienation from the decision-making process. 

Saferworld, an independent London-based organization working to prevent violent conflict, published on 26 April 2013 a briefing titled "Civil Society Voices: Recommendations for the May 2013 London Conference on Somalia."  The briefing summarizes the results of two consultations concerning themes to be discussed at the London Conference with the Puntland Non-State Actors Association in Garowe and the Somalia Southern and Central Non-State Actors group in Mogadishu. 

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