EISA Somalia: District Council formation


Local Governance project challenge

January-March 2019

The implementation of the local governance programme within allocated districts in Galmudug, Jubbaland and Hirshabelle States faced challenges ranging from political upheavals to programmatic shortcomings such as the assessment and profiling of areas of engagement to inform the subsequent activities of the programme, which is key in gaining the support of local officials, appointment by the States of technical liaison officers between local administrations and the programme, amongst others. The design of the programme required an initial assessment by FCA to lay the foundation for all subsequent activities by consortium partners including EISA.

The situation on the ground impacted on the roll out. The highly contentious elections in Galmudug and Jubbaland States were partially to blame and may cause the programme to see some progress only after August 2019 hoping that by then regional elections will have been conducted. The interface of the local governance programme led by Finn Church Aid with the State has not yet reached conclusions on important fronts to allow the consortium partners, including EISA to engage. Discussions continue in this regard.


Banadir Region Administration

March & May 2018

EISA conducted two, two-day workshops on "Understanding good governance and leadership" for Warta Nabadda District staff in Mogadishu on 5 and 6 and 25 and 26 March 2018 in Mogadishu.

The training aimed at equipping 50 Warta Nabadda District staff, including 23 women, in decision-making processes, political participation, local governance, good governance, leadership, and service delivery.Drawing lessons from the success of these workshops, EISA extended its support to all the other districts of Banadir Regional Administration. A total of about 150 participants comprising 40 females and 110 males drawn from all the 17 districts were divided into 3 groups and trained from 3 to 10 May 2018. Participants included district commissioners, district security commanders, judges and traditional leaders.

Operational management skills training for Ministry of Constitutional Affairs staff

April 2018

From 10 to 12 April 2018, EISA supported a training in Mogadishu for the staff of MoCA to expose them to the workings of the Ministry in Mogadishu. The workshop was aimed at improving the capacity of employees to boost their effectiveness and efficiency in regard to service delivery. The agenda covered public relations, public outreach, reporting and secretariat skills amongst other items.

The ministry conducted the training for 20 participants comprising two females and 18 males, targeting their respective job categories, in particular the newly recruited young graduates and the permanent civil servants.

Consultative meeting with Banadir Regional Administration

March 2018

With the support of EISA, MoCA organised a consultative meeting on 6 March 2018, in Mogadishu, to welcome and update the new administration of the Banadir Region on the Constitutional Review Process (CRP). The Banadir Regional Administration holds a significant position in the CRP due to its population density and as the host to, Mogadishu, the Federal Capital City. The new Banadir Administration assured its commitment to assist MoCA in the implementation of the CRP roadmap.

Local Governance: Support to District formation in Berdale

December 2017/January 2018

After the successful formation and training of the District Council in Hudur in South West State, EISA supported the formation of the District Council in Berdale, in South West State, through technical support to the district councillors' elections and a series of workshops presented in the table below:

Date Type of training Attendance
Total Female Male
2-4 Dec 2017 Community leaders and delegates - civic education 60 14 46
17-18 Dec 2017 Staff of South West State's Electoral Committee, Berdale District Council & Ministry of Interior- Election management and voting procedure 40 4 36
20 Dec 2017 Berdale District Councillors' Election Day 250 No data No data
19-23 Jan 2018 Berdale District Council - Capacity building 30 28 2


Launch of Local Government Law the district council formation process
Local Governance Strengthening

Updated Jul 2017

On Tuesday 11th July 2017, authorities from South West State, one of Somalia's Federal Member States, officially launched the Local Government Law and kicked off the district council formation process in the state.

The South West State of Somalia, with support from Finn Church Aid (FCA) and its partners, the United Nations (UN) Joint Programme on Local Governance (JPLG), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the European Union (EU), is working to create strong, organized and representative district councils, as part of its efforts to improve effectiveness and openness in local governance.

Launch of Local Government Law the district council formation process

The launch of the Local Government Law and the commencement of the district council formation process means that these efforts can now officially move forward in the State.

EISA is a member of the FCA led consortium in the project ''Strengthening local governance structures and systems for more accountable and inclusive Federal Member States in support of the Wadajir National Framework''. The aim of the project is to strengthen governance and administration in the districts of Berdale, Hudur, ElBarde (South West State) and the districts of Afmadow, Dollow, Luuq (Jubaland State).

The ceremony was chaired by Shariif Hassan sheekh Adan, President of South West State of Somalia.


Support to MOIFAR election officials
Training of Trainers for Caretaker Administrators

Updated May 2014

EISA Somalia EISA provided support to the Ministry of Interior and Federalism in training local government in the "Newly Accessible Areas". These Caretaker Administrations will have the important job of reintegrating the state in areas regained in the military offensives where local government has not existed since the beginning of the Somali civil war. The training of Caretaker Administrations are conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and Federalism and EISA's Somali partners, the Center for Research and Dialogue.

EISA established a curriculum for training and produced the materials based on the institute's broad experience working in local governance in other contexts on the continent. EISA conducted a Training of Trainers on the 28 and 29 April 2014, in May 2013 and 29 November to 4 December 2015. Training has been conducted in Beledweeyne in Hiiraan, Galkacyo in Galmudug and in Mogadishu itself.