Somalia Diaspora Programme

The Somali diaspora plays an essential role in the rebuilding of institutions and reconstruction of the country, which is a prerequisite for poverty reduction and peace building. Thus, Forum Syd has a special programme focusing on Swedish-Somali diaspora organisations.

The programme is funded by Sida through the Swedish Embassy in Kenya (the Somalia section) and fits under Sweden’s current results strategy for international development cooperation which focuses on youth and women's rights within the thematic areas of:

  • Democracy and human rights. People living under marginalised conditions and civil society organisations have increased their involvement and dialogue with local and federal authorities. They have gained 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.
  • Health and gender equality. Women and girls have increased understanding and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and strengthened participation in civil society organisations. Men, women, girls and boys have greater awareness of the structures and norms which affect sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Human security and livelihood. Increased awareness concerning livelihoods, sustainable natural resource management and their corresponding rights such as food, water, waste, energy and sanitation.

Swedish-Somali diaspora organisations can apply for funding for projects that target any of the three results areas. All applications for project funding through the Somalia Diaspora Programme must be implemented in close collaboration with a local organisation in Somalia. This should be an established organisation that is independent from the diaspora organisation.

Application, procedures and eligibility are the same as stated in the development cooperation section.