Our Activities in Somalia
①The De-Radicalisation and Social Reintegration Program
In the capital city of Somalia - Mogadishu - we offer sessions for de-radicalisation and assist rehabilitation programs offered by the local government thereby encouraging social reintegration back into the community.
In Somalia, in addition to there not being any peace agreement nor cease-fire agreements, peace processes do not exist. They are not currently being affected by a post-war crisis, but rather, they are in the midst of the active on-going violent conflicts. Under such intense circumstances, the social reintegration of a surrendered/defected soldier is extremely difficult and further strategic action is required. With the aim to build capacity in society, this is why we put greater emphasis on “accepting” towards our counter-extremism workshops and rehabilitation programs.At present, following the signing of an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) we are preparing to launch the DRR (De-radicalisation, Re-insertion, Reintegration) project starting in August 2019.
②Radicalization Prevention Project for the Youth
Following a request from UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Programme), we have collaborated in offering the “One Stop Youth Resource Centre Project” at Mandera, situated on the border of Somalia and Kenya. This project aims to prevent violent extremism and radicalisation of the youth. Despite the fact that Mandera is a hotspot for recruiters of Al-Shabaab and imposes a great threat for radicalisation of the youth it has long been overlooked due to its harsh security situation and geographical location.
Based on the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding), we work as their Implementing Partner in ToT (Training of Trainer), offering specialised workshops, creating modules within the project as well as the creation and sharing of a model of “Best Practice.”