EISA implemented a nationwide forum for Civil Society Organisations in 5 cities across Somalia to debate on the potential outcome for elections on 2016. CSOs from Garowe, Adaado, Badioa, Mogadishu and Kismayo participated in the forum. The forum organised by EISA was another of many platforms enabling for the on-going National Consultative Forum contributing to the massive political interest in Somalia.
EISA facilitated a capacity building seminar on Strategic planning, proposal writing and Monitoring and Evaluation workshop to Civil Society groups in Gedo Region of Somalia. The training enabled CSOs to understand the concept of proposal writing and why a funding proposal is important.
EISA concluded a 3 day training workshop for CSO group members in both Jowhar, Middle Shabelle and Kismayo, Jubbaland. The workshop enabled CSOs to build their capacity on elections and democracy. EISA sent trainers of Trainees with developed modules on elections and democracy that would empower participants to empower the wider community in turn.
EISA Somalia facilitated a two day 'Let's Talk Elections' meeting between the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) and civil society on 12 and 13 September 2015. Since the selection of the NIEC Commissioners in July, this was the first interaction between the NIEC and civil society in Somalia.
EISA implemented a electoral observation training for civil society members in newly accessible areas on 25 October 2014. The training was to give an insight into how to observe an election. It will enable for the ministry to now take full use of the learned skills to implement back into communities.
In view of the fact that political parties in Somalia were not yet registered, EISA worked with political associations based on EISA's Setting benchmarks for enhanced political party performance for democratic governance in Africa, to facilitate a workshop for 16 political associations.
Motivated by the need to build up the Somali CSOs internal organizational capacity, EISA Somalia designed, developed and trained over 300 CSOs in six regions of Somalia. Following this, EISA commenced a civic education workshop in the same six regions.
From the 11-13 April 2015, EISA Somalia conducted a workshop for the independent Technical Selection Committee (TSC) of the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) and the Boundaries and Federalism Commission (BFC). The TSC was tasked with providing a shortlist of 27 candidates for each Commission and present it to parliament for the final vetting and ratification of the 9 members of each Commission. The technical workshop focused on:
EISA Somalia was supported by the Marx Planck Institute in the roll-out of their program activities.
Motivated by the need to strengthen the internal organisational capacity of Somali CSOs, EISA-Somalia designed and developed training material, and trained over 300 CSOs in six regions of Somalia, including Mogadishu, Galkayo, Baidoa, Galgadug and Hiraan. The training focused on
The objective of these trainings was to ensure that CSOs are better organised, and can within their organisations contribute to the transition process through a more structured approach. Through these workshops, CSOs were able to find ways to begin to interact and engage in the current stabilisation process. Through EISA's support, diverse CSOs have been brought together to engage on the different challenges facing Somalis. One participant representing the Institute of Education for Disabled People thanked EISA for its “inclusive work in Somalia where disabled people are neglected and discriminated against”. The participant said, “this is the first time disabled people and organisations have enjoyed equal opportunity with non-disabled people.”
Based on the success of the internal capacity trainings described above, political associations in Mogadishu identified the need to create a platform where they can engage their common understanding of how they should contribute to the development of a Political Parties' Law.
EISA facilitated the signing of a cooperation agreement which outlined how these associations can better work with one another, the government and with EISA. To this end a Political Associations Forum was established. Four sessions were held in which political associations met and discussed their views on the proposed Political Parties' Law. The data gathered during these Forum meetings were sent to the Parliamentary Committee on Political Parties to further engage with the political associations. Meetings were held with the Parliamentary Committee drafting the Political Parties' Law and the political associations that attended the EISA Political Associations Forum. The fledgling parties reported that their engagement on these issues was strengthened by having attended the EISA training and forum meetings which in turn placed them in a stronger position to engage more confidently in the process.
With political parties in Somalia not yet registered, EISA started working with political associations. Although political associations in Somalia are still in a nascent phase, they experience the same challenges as those in more stable democracies in terms of their organisational structures. Based on EISA's ‘Setting Benchmarks for Political Party Performance for Democratic Governance in Africa' programme, EISA-Somalia facilitated a workshop for 16 political associations already established and more recently established, focusing on modules that defined what a political party stands for, policy-making processes, leadership and interaction with constituencies. This was the first such training session conducted in Somalia in recent years and it elicited a great deal of interest and interaction.
EISA Somalia held a consultative meeting with Somali Civil Society Organisations at the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu on the 18th and 19th of January 2014. The purpose of the consultative meeting was to formally introduce EISA as an organisation in Somalia and present its activities. EISA representatives were warmly welcomed by Somali Civil Society Organisations who expressed eagerness for future cooperation through this collaboration.
EISA, along with international partners from UNSOM, Conflict Dynamics International and Interpeace, held a workshop on the different electoral systems in post-conflict countries. The workshop was held in Djibouti and attended by representatives from the Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs and the Parliamentary Committee on Elections. The workshop was aimed at sensitising the two institutions to the different electoral systems, and to encourage them to carefully consider the best option for Somalia.