Since its inception in July 2017, the Interpeace Somali Peacebuilding Programme, Talo Wadaag (2017-2021), has helped create opportunities for collaboration and convergence between different stakeholders, to advance peacebuilding processes across the Somali Region. The Talo Wadaag programme aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- Improve understanding and capacity of citizens and civil society, particularly women and youth, to play an active role in ongoing peacebuilding and democratization processes
- Ensure democratization processes and policies are more participatory, inclusive, and responsive to citizens, civil society, and other stakeholders
- Ensure citizens, civil society, and decision makers use increasingly inclusive local infrastructures for peace to sustainably prevent, manage, and resolve conflicts
Since 2017, Interpeace and its Somali partners have engaged over 1,000 Somali citizens, of which 30% were female and 20% young people, through consultations, validation and prioritisation exercises on conflict drivers and peacebuilding opportunities; outreach and awareness-raising on peacebuilding progress in these hotspots; capacity building for community members on conflict prevention and mitigation; working sessions on advancing key statebuilding processes; and dialogue between political actors to promote consensus around democratisation processes.
Within the first two years of the current programme, Interpeace and its Somali partners have managed to strengthen and launch formal and informal peacebuilding infrastructures in three key conflict areas (Galkacyo, Burtinle and Ceel Afweyn), which included increasing participation, representativeness and inclusivity in these structures and processes. Interpeace and its Somali partners also successfully facilitated high-level discussion and consensus-building on the drafting of the Somali electoral law; increased in linkages, communication and collaboration among civil society actors, beginning with local programme partners, across borders and conflict lines, contributing to consensus building and convergence in peacebuilding approaches and processes; and launched Participatory Action Research on women’s participation in peacebuilding, with extensive internal discussion and planning and initial key stakeholder interviews and focus group discussions completed.