EISA Somalia: Stakeholder dialogue / Public engagement

2020

EISA supported eight successful dialogue sessions in three different regions, namely Galmudug, Jubbaland, and Banadir Administration Region (Mogadishu). Both state and non-state actors participated in the sessions. This helped to improve the channel of communication leading to a common understanding of public affairs. Participants committed to continue to engage in these dialogues as issues arise. These dialogues sessions were face-to-face meetings attended by community leaders, including women, youth, and marginalised groups.

National conference on peaceful elections and freedom of expression

26 Dec 2020

As part of efforts towards peaceful and non-violent elections in Somalia, EISA, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), and the Political Affairs Unit of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with the support of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) will hold a 2-day National Conference on Peaceful Elections and Freedom of Expression in Mogadishu, Somalia from 27 to 28 December 2020.

The conference will bring together key electoral stakeholders including the media professionals, electoral bodies from both Federal and State levels, the Somali Police Force, political parties, security agencies, international partners and civil society organisations.

Participants will deliberate on media professionalism, hate speech, incitement to violence, journalists' safety, and the role of the media in contributing to peaceful elections. Key institutions such as the Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT) and State-Level Electoral Implementation Teams (SEITs), the Somali Police Force and AMISOM's Election Cell will also brief the media about their work and their state of readiness.

It is expected that at the end of the conference, a National Declaration on Peaceful Elections and Freedom of Expression will be adopted and a framework of modalities in which the security forces will work with the media during the elections will be agreed upon.

In the news

RADIO DALSAN 2020 National Conference Concludes With Strong Commitment For Peaceful Elections And Free Expression In Somalia, 29 Dec (accessed 30 Dec 2020).

Launch of media campaign to combat hate speech and promote peaceful elections

25 Dec 2020
December 2020; Launch of media campaign to combat hate speech and promote peaceful elections

EISA Somalia, in partnership with the Political Unit of the African Union Mission in Somalia and the Federal Government, supported the National Union of Somali Journalists, launched a campaign to combat hate speech and promote peaceful elections.

The launch, held on 25 December 2020 in Mogadishu, was attended by the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Osman Abukar Dubbe.

In the news
December 2020; Launch of media campaign to combat hate speech and promote peaceful elections

BIEGON, E 2020 Somali journalists launch campaign to promote peaceful elections, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, 25 Dec (accessed 28 Jan 2020).

December 2020; Launch of media campaign to combat hate speech and promote peaceful elections


Support to the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation

Sep-Nov 2020

On 13 -14 September 2020, EISA supported a public engagement forum titled "Multi-stakeholder CSO engagement and sensitisation". The forum took place in Mogadishu and gathered 90 participants (54 males and 36 females), and was also attended by government representatives and experts on constitutional affairs and governance.

Following the Dhusamareb summit, EISA supported eight CSO activities in informing citizens on electoral participation. EISA reached three different regions, namely Galmudug, South West and Banadire Administration Region in Mogadishu. These activities focused on several themes, including: Civil society perspective on the recently passed Electoral Code; Challenges in implementing the Electoral Code passed on 26 September 2020; Co-operation between the Federal Government and FMSs in implementing the Electoral Code; Increasing women’s participation in the indirect elections; and the role of traditional and religious leaders in ensuring the 30% quota for women is met.

These activities were attended by high profile guests and speakers from the office of the President, Office of the Prime Minister, both the lower and upper house, opposition parties, the National Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), traditional and religious leaders, and key members of the CSOs. Most of these events we covered by both public and private media, including the social media platforms.

Dialogue sessions between state actors and CSO members

Aug & Sep 2020

EISA Somalia facilitated five meaningful dialogue sessions between state actors and CSO members in Hirshabelle, Jubbaland, Mogadishu, Banadire region, on 5-8 August; 5-7, 6-7 and 15-16 September and discussed each of the following topics: Enhancing gender equality and empowerment of marginalised women in the constitutional and electoral processes; strengthening and increasing political participation of women in the 2020-21 electoral process; and civil society participation in the political and electoral process. These sessions strengthened the role of the CSOs in ongoing political processes and the debate around women representation.

Facilitating a stronger dialogue between CSOs and state representatives

12-13, 21, 22-23, & 27 Jul 2020

EISA Somalia facilitated five dialogues between state actors and CSOs in Mogadishu, Banadire region, and Gedo, South West states, on 12-13, 21, 22-23, and 27 July on the following topics: Women's participation in arliamentary elections in Somalia; Somali women's 30% quota in the 2020/2021 election; Civil society participation in the political and electoral processes; and The inclusion of disabled people in the electoral process.

The sessions strengthened the role of CSOs in ongoing political processes and debates around an inclusive electoral process. The sessions were conducted using face-to-face interaction with EISA local staff and virtual live participation with international staff.

Support to the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA)

11-12 & 16th Mar 2020

Continuing its support to the Constitutional Review Process (CRP), EISA conducted a workshop in Mogadishu on the role of youth in the Constitutional Review Process and convened a public/CSO engagement forum on the Constitutional Review Process on 11-12 and 16th March respectively. Both activities were attended by MoCA representatives, including the Deputy Minister and the Director-General.

In response to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the CRP, EISA adjusted its approach to include digital discussions rolling out outreach activities on digital platforms. EISA participated in developing digital materials to be aired on different platforms such as TV, radio, and social media. Building on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) booklets and video relating to the CRP developed under the preceding programme EISA contributed to the conception of an updated video on FAQs aimed at reaching the broad Somala online audience. The activity took place in June and materials were aired throughout July. The same materials were also used in different public debates on various platforms.

2019


Support to the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MoIFAR)

1-4 & 8-10 Dec 2019

EISA supported the Galmudug political process phase II and the NRP in Hurshe, Balambal, and Herale in Galmudug State. The processes took place from 1-4 and 8-10 December 2019 respectively. The NRP is an initiative by the Ministry for the implementation of the National Reconciliation Framework (NRF) developed by the Federal Government and adopted in May 2019.

Since both the Galmudug political process phase II and the NRP outreach activities were costly events, EISA's intervention was in the form of a contribution to the overall Galmudug political process phase II and the NRP budget presented by the Ministry to the donor community.

Constitutional review process support

13 Nov 2019

In ensuring a participatory and inclusive constitutional review process, the Ministry of the Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) engaged religious scholars on the constitutional review process. On 13 November 2019 EISA supported a public engagement forum titled "Public Engagement forum - Somali Constitution in the Balance of Islamic Shaira". The forum took place in Mogadishu and gathered 125 participants (122 males and 3 females).

In addition, EISA supported the Director Generals Forum to share knowledge on the Constitution Review Process which included Federal MoCA and FMS MoCAs from 9-11 December in Baidoa, South West State.

Ministry of the Constitutional Affairs workshop

22-24 Oct 2019

EISA supported a workshop for members of the Ministry of the Constitutional Affairs titled "Recognising and promotion of Somali women political participation and constitutional review process in Somalia". The aim of the workshop was to promote more inclusive political institutions in Somalia and to support the coordination of locally led collective feminist action in Somalia. The forum took place in Mogadishu and gathered 80 participants (73 men and 7 women).

2018


Support to the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs' consultative meetings with state and non-state actors

November 2017 - February 2018

EISA continued its support to consultative meetings started in July 2017. Besides meetings in Mogadishu EISA, supported the consultative missions of the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, the Parliamentary Oversight Committee, and the Independent Constitutional Review and Implementation Commission in Federal Member States.

Stakeholder Date Attendance
Traditional leaders 19 Nov 2017 151
National Youth Council 20 Jan 2018 70
National Student Union 21 Jan 2018 140

The three state bodies visited Jowhar (Hirshabelle) from 30 January to 1 February 2018 and Garowe (Puntland) from 14 to 16 February 2018 to meet the officials, the civil society organisations and the state parliaments of the two FMS. After the misunderstanding that brought about the cancellation of the National Constitutional Convention in August these meetings were a good opportunity for the three state mandated institution to resume collaboration. Traditional leaders and youth are better informed about the Constitutional Review Process (constitutional review process) and have their say in the contentious issues. The meetings contribute to the inclusivity and public ownership of the constitutional review process.

Director General of MoCA, Mr Zubeyr, Receiving the FAQs booklets from EISA staff

Constitutional Review Process

A number of consultative meetings and public outreach events were held in support of the constitutional review process. The meetings, led by the three mandated bodies - Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA), the Parliamentary Oversight Committee (OC), and the Independent Constitutional Review and Implementation Commission (ICRIC) - contributed to inclusivity and public ownership of the constitutional review process.

The three bodies consulted with youth groups, students, women, traditional and religious leaders and state actors at Federation Member State and federal levels. EISA also supported a public outreach event for Somali youth to make them aware of the Constitution. The event was attended by 179 young people from the 17 districts of Mogadishu as well as from the diaspora, who learnt about the country's provisional constitution by engaging with constitutional experts and officials.

Capital cities and the status of Mogadishu

A total of 120 participants from CSOs and political parties attended a workshop facilitated by experts from the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MoIFAR), Banadir Administration Region, Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) and the Office of the Prime Minister to discuss the status of capital cities in Federation Member States and options for the status of Mogadishu, the federal capital city.

Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) Forum

EISA supported MoCA in initiating a quarterly forum of key state and non-state actors involved in the constitutional review process to discuss the achievements, challenges and the way forward.

Joint visits to Federation Member States

With the support of EISA, the three national constitutional review bodies, Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA), OC and ICRIC, met with the Federal Member States of South West and Jubaland to discuss the progress of the constitutional review process. These visits led to the inclusive National Constitutional Convention of 13-15 May 2018, also supported by EISA, other international organisations operating in Somalia and the donor community.

Training of Trainers for Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA)

EISA supported the launch of a comprehensive training-of-trainers workshop on civic education and public outreach. Participants were drawn from CSOs, Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA), OC, ICRIC, Federation Member States & Banadir Administration Region. At the workshop booklets and flash drives developed by EISA in collaboration with Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) were distributed containing frequently asked questions about the Constitution.

Briefing on the constitutional review process

To ensure a participatory and inclusive constitutional review process, EISA supported Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) in its engagement with the newly formed political parties to solicit their views on the process. The forum, which took place in Mogadishu from 9-10 and 16-17 October, was attended by 173 participants, 58 of them women.

National dialogue on federalism

April 2018

EISA supported the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MoIFAR) to conduct a two-day national workshop on "state-building and federalism" on 11 and 12 April 2018 in Mogadishu. The workshop drew 110 participants from Federal level institutions, including the Office of the President, Office of the Prime Minister, relevant ministries from the Federal Member State, the Boundaries and Federalism Commission, both Houses of the Parliament, and the MoIFAR officials.

The objective of the workshop was to discuss and establish co-ordination, co-operation and conflict resolution mechanisms between the Federal government and Federal Member States. The workshop covered topics such as federalism, Inter-Governmental Relations (IGR) in a federal state, international perspective on federalism, among others.

2017


Workshop on the mainstreaming gender in the electoral law drafting process

29-30 Oct 2017

Cognisant of the importance of inclusion in political processes, EISA reinforced the gender dimension of the Electoral Law Working Group's work with a workshop on 29 and 30 October 2017 in Mogadishu on 'Mainstreaming gender in the electoral law drafting process'. The workshop was attended by 37 participants from the MoIFAR, the Ministry of Women and Human Rights, the Office of the Prime Minister and civil society organisations (CSOs).