Forum Syd in Somalia has worked many years with support to Swedish-Somali diaspora organisations in Sweden, the work has since 2015 been extended by a special programme financed from Sida.
Women in Puntland, Mogadishu, 2017
Women in Puntland, Mogadishu, 2017. Photo: Rodrigo Arce

Forum Syd's work in Somalia started in 2015 with support to Swedish-Somali diaspora organisations. With improved access and continued stability over the years, early initatives have grown into fully fledged programmes supported by Forum Syd's presence in the country and reaching more areas across different territories so that they can participate in development cooperation with their homeland.

The programme collaborates with local civil society organisations of the Somalia diaspora through seed granting as a means to build awareness of the roles and obligations of rights-holders and duty-bearers. This is the core of the Somali Diaspora Programme. Another key Forum Syd programme in Somalia, the Swedish Somali Business Programme, supports small business initatives and private sector is another key programme. Swedish Somali Business Programme mainly focuses on sustainable livelihoods and job creation.

Forum Syd's country office head quarter is based in Hargeisa, Somaliland and is supported by two regional offices located in Garowe, Puntland, and Mogadishu. The country office manages seed granting to local organisations, implements the Somali Swedish Business Programme, and conducts monitoring and administration work, while at the same time supporting sub-granting work with verification, coordination and follow ups with diaspora organisations and their implementing partners.

Somalia diaspora programme

Forum Syd as grant administrator for diaspora organisation invites all Swedish-Somali diaspora organisations to apply for funding from the Somalia Diaspora Programme. The programme aims at raising knowledge and awareness on democracy, human rights, gender equality and sustainable use of natural resources. Forum Syd's work in Somalia also supports small and grass roots organizations through seed granting and business grantees implementation and monitoring.