ACCORD's engagement with Somalia started in 1995 at the early start of destabilising effect of lacking a central government. Through the Somalia Initiative the organisation deployed a presence in the country in February 2013 to initiate its contribution to the country's reconstruction.
The Federal Government of Somalia is a culmination of many years of effort by Somalis and international community to find a solution towards stabilising the country. The new government faces a number of challenges including facilitating and environment of: safety, reconciliation, economic recovery, governance, rule of law and friendly regional relations. These challenges are underpinned in the government's Six Pillar Policy on reconstruction. The SI intends to make contributions in these areas by leveraging ACCORD's two decades of experience in institution building and capacity building.
Over the years ACCORD has built solid relationships with Somali interlocutors at various levels of engagement in the peace processes that sought to stabilise the country. Through consultations, field missions, publications, study tours, facilitated dialogue session and support to international response the organisation has developed a unique understanding of issues, processes and peace initiatives.
The Somalia Initiative brings to bear ACCORD's expertise in: peace-making, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. The initiative will use the presence in Somalia to ensure on-going engagement with Somali interlocutors and role players. Through partnerships and collaboration the initiative will undertake continuous research activities, support policy development, advocate for dialogue and problem solving as well as contribute in capacity building.
Through engagement with government and civil society the Somalia Initiative is focusing on: contributing in capacity building, providing technical assistance and project management.
- Contributions in capacity building are inclusive of activities aimed at building the institutional capacity of government functionaries dealing with the reconstruction of Somalia. Capacity building also focusses on supporting efforts of civil society and other engaged role players.
- Technical assistance refers to ACCORD providing specialised expertise in initiating and supporting comprehensive and sustainable governance: strategy, policy and processes development.
- Project management interventions are ACCORD's efforts to source resources to undertake quick impact projects that support reconstruction. Project management of such projects is anchored on supporting local ownership through partnerships and collaboration.
The ACCORD presence in Mogadishu facilitates building of relationships with Somali stake holders and role players. This places the organisation in a position to make informed decisions regarding partnerships, initiatives and support interventions. The Somalia Initiative places high importance in working with and through local role players in partnership with international initiatives in determining the content, direction and pace of its contributions to the reconstruction in Somalia.