The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) opened a field office in Somalia in November 2013 and has since provided much needed technical support and conducted capacity building initiatives in support of the electoral and peace process engaging with state and non-state actors
In February 2013 EISA deployed a fact-finding mission to Mogadishu to assess the political, social and security context and identify the gaps and needs of stakeholders in the areas of democracy and governance.
The mission was followed by the implementation of a four-year programme funded by Sweden and titled: Supporting Transition, Stability and Democratisation in Somalia. Following the success of the programme, which ran from 2014 to 2018, and was carried out in several regions of Somalia, Sweden has generously funded a second programme titled "Support Towards a Democratic, Unified and Peaceful Somalia - STAND UP SOMALIA".
Informed by the expressed needs and expectations from state and non-state actors that EISA has supported since 2013, the STAND UP Somalia commenced in January 2019 and will run until June 2021.
STAND UP Somalia aims to support state actors, the 2020/2021 electoral process, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and enhance the participation of women, youth and the citizenry at large in the political processes.
The five project outcomes, and associated outputs, that are expected to contribute to achieving the impact of the programme:
STAND UP Somalia will conduct its activities in all Federal Member States and Banadir administration region. All activities will be rolled out with a special focus on women and youth to encourage gender mainstreaming amongst stakeholders and expose the Somali youth to the political processes.
Notable project achievements with the past programme include the following:
To achieve its outcomes, the EISA Somalia office is under the leadership of Mr Mukenyi Badibanga, the Acting Country Director and supported by skilled local and international staff.
Mukenyi Badibanga - Country Director - mukenyi[at]eisa.org.za
Villa 1, Tacforce International, Waberi District, Airport Road, Mogadishu
Mobile Somalia: +252 61 250 4809, Mobile Kenya: +254 79 090 8544
EISA Somalia is funded by Sweden (through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and by Finn Church Aid.