Somali Diaspora Programme

 Description of the Somalia Diaspora Programme

The need to build and strengthen the institutions of the Somali society is an important part of the reconstruction of the country, and a prerequisite for poverty reduction and peace building.

Forum Syd has therefore a special programme focusing at the Swedish-Somali diaspora organisations in Sweden. The aim is to support ethnic Somali groups residing in Sweden - often as a result of forced migration - so that they can participate in development cooperation with their homeland Somalia.

Somalia Diaspora Programme targets the following areas:

  • Democracy and Human Rights

Marginalised people (Rights holders) and CSOs have increased their involvement and dialogue with local and federal authorities (duty-bearers). They have gained a greater knowledge of claiming rights and participating in democratic processes, decision-making and accountability mechanisms. Duty-bearers have increased their understanding of a rights based approach.

  • Gender Equality

Women and girls have increased understanding and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and strengthened participation in civil society organisations.  Men, women, girls and boys have greater awareness of the processes that reduce Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

  • Sustainable Livelihoods

Increased awareness concerning sustainable livelihoods and sustainable natural resource management and their corresponding rights (for example: food, water, waste, energy and sanitation).

  • Regional Initiatives

Somali civil society organisations in the three targeted regions across Somalia have increased dialogue, understanding and linkages.