The Somali situation has over the last years improved in terms of stability, security and economic growth. The Somali development cooperation of ForumCiv adds to this improvement by working with the Swedish-Somali diaspora, supporting civil society in Somalia, and keeping a focus on Sida’s strategy for Somalia.
Women in Puntland, Mogadishu, 2017

ForumCiv’s development cooperation works through partnerships with civil society organisations. The development cooperation in Somalia focuses on improved livelihoods, awareness on democracy and human rights and gender equality; sexual and gender based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the strengthening of women’s leadership, participation and influence in society.     

Somalia Programmes 2012-2020

Since 2012 ForumCiv has, with the support of Sida, run the Somali Diaspora Programme, and since 2016 the Swedish-Somali Business Programme (SSBP). Both of the programmes ended in 2020, read more about the programmes here.

Some key accomplishments in Somalia so far:

  • Successful mobilisation and advocacy that lead to passing of the Sexual Offence Bill in Somaliland and Puntland
  • Successful mobilisation and advocacy that lead to passing of the Media act for media protection in Puntland
  • Support to sheikhs to provide Fatwa which limits practices of Female Gender Mutilation in Somaliland
  • 28 community based organisations strengthened in advocacy and lobby capacity
  • Assisted 40 diaspora entrepreneurs to establish their businesses in Somalia
  • Continuous promotion and improvement of women’s political representation