Updated October 2017
The role of civil society as a catalyst for positive dynamics and the promotion of a responsive, inclusive and accountable governance is still key in the current context of democratic reconstruction in Somalia. The participant organisations included the Somali Women Leadership Initiative (SWLI) which was complemented by Ururka Gabdhaha Aqonyahanada Somaaliyed (UGASO), the Somali Youth Development Foundation (SYDF), the Somali Youth Cluster (SYC), and the Banadir Regional Youth Association (BARYA).
Keen interest was expressed in the topics with requests to EISA to expand the training to more CSOs. Participants were encouraged to translate their newly acquired knowledge and skills into concrete actions.
MOGADISHU - The Somali Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) gathered for a 2-day workshop organised and conducted by EISA on the 1st and 2nd of October 2017. Convened under the theme "Internal capacity building and organisational development of Somali Civil Society Organisations", the 38 CSO participants considered two topics, namely "Ensuring the visibility of a civil society organisation" and "Results based project management" on the first and second day, respectively.
The Somalia context is an example of the extent to which the role of the citizen is of paramount importance to the achievement of peace and social development. For over 20 years of crisis, non-state actors, including Civil Society Organisations, have played a major role in the search for peace, as well as the bonding of social capital and the delivery of basic services.
EISA intensively trained Civil Society Organisations in the run-up to the 2016 electoral process which witnessed the increase of women participation in the parliament, which saw eight women 8 MPs directly benefitting from EISA's training programmes.
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.
Updated November 2014
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.
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.
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."
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.