SOSCENSA provides a focal point and representative forum for non state actors to express the views and concerns of people in South Central Somalia. We bring our members together to hold broad-based consultations which form the basis of the policy recommendations to the international community and national authorities.
Young Educated Somali Women Declaration On May 28, 2012, twenty young educated women and five men gathered at SOSCENSA headquarters in Mogadishu to discuss issues regarding Somali women specially the quota allotted to Somali women under Garowe II principles and how this can be translated into reality on the ground. The participants were drawn from universities in Mogadishu and professional associations as well as women organizations in the capital, Mogadishu.
Between 5 and 8 December, SOSCENSA met in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland for its second General Assembly. The meeting was attended by 46 members, including 11 women, and 24 observers. On the final day of the meeting the former Secretary of the Board, Abdirahman Maolim, was elected as the new Chair and Habiba Haji was elected as Vice Chair. The close run elections were a good indicator of the spirit of the meeting and the strength of the vision that members have for the platform. There was a lively debate about the revision of the constitution, priorities for the coming year and a number of the observers were very keen to become members. Somaliland Non-State Actors Forum (SONSAF) and Puntland Non-State Actors Association (PUNSAA) were also invited to share lessons learned and learn from each other.
Mogadishu City Charter
In May SOSCENSA held meetings with the Mayor of Mogadishu on the Mogadishu City Charter formulation process.
Engaging with the EU
In March a representative from SOSCENSA took part in a Somali civil society consultation with the European Commission. The meeting, organised by the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) brought together 40 participants from EU institutions and 40 civil society activists from Somalia, the Somali Diaspora and experts on Somalia. SOSCENSA provided situational analysis along with the platform’s perspective on issues including human rights, humanitarian aid, development, decentralisation, statebuilding and the roles of civil society, AMISOM, and the business community.
UN/World Bank Reconstruction and Development Plan (RDP) Review
In February SOSCENSA representatives took part in consultations on the UN/World Reconstruction and Development Plan for Somalia (RDP). The two day consultations in Nairobi brought together representatives from the Transitional Federal Government, Somali Non-State Actors, donors, and the other key international partners who work in Somalia. Before the consultations SOSCENSA held a meeting for its members to inform them about the RDP and gather their perspectives and opinions on it. This process provided international officials with an opportunity to meet with non-state actors and consult on specific aspects of the RDP and on aid effectiveness more generally. Throughout the process, the input of the platforms was found highly relevant for the participating international agencies who gained valuable advice.