RESOURCE CENTRE OF DEMOCRACY, GOOD GOVERNANCE,TRANSPARENCY,ACCOUNTABILITY,AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR EMERGING DEMOCRACIES IN THE HORN OF AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST. THE BLOG IS TRI-LINGUAL: ENGLISH, SOMALI AND ARABIC. There wargeyska forex no democracy without effective opposition.
And there is no effective opposition without free and independent media. Since the late president Said Barre of Somalia was ousted from power in 1991, Somalia has been immersed in endless conflict forcing thousands if not millions of its people to leave the country. A substantial fraction of the Diaspora population organized themselves in a bid to help their relatives. The number of organized Somali Diaspora organizations in the Netherlands, combined with the presence of well educated Somali Diaspora individuals means that the support they can provide is not limited to financial and material resources, but that they can also contribute in terms of human resources. The Diaspora Partnership Program was developed by CARE and Nedsom – a Dutch Somali Diaspora Organization based in the Netherlands – to tap into the human resources available among the Dutch Somali Diaspora for the reconstruction of their country. Somaliland, in order to strengthen the capacities of local organizations. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Department of Movement of Persons, Migration and Alien Affairs, has funded and participated the Diaspora Partnership Programme for the period 1 February 2006 until 1 August 2008.
The overall objective of the Diaspora Partnership Programme is to contribute to the establishment of a peaceful and secure society in Somalia through the involvement of returnees, the Diaspora and Diaspora organisations. Somaliland and Puntland by means of an increased involvement of the Dutch Somali Diaspora. Somali Diaspora and Diaspora organisations in development activities in Somaliland and Puntland. Result 3: Increased capacity of 10 trainees and 12 professionals from Somali origin to contribute to rehabilitation and development in Puntland and Somaliland. Result 4: Increased cooperation between the Somali Diaspora and Diaspora organisations and CARE.
Result 5: Increased capacity of Nedsom to support local partners in implementing development activities. The activities bring together the interests of a number of different actors, each of whom have a stake in the rehabilitation of Somali society and in the involvement of the Diaspora therein. CARE – CARE has an extensive programme in Somalia in emergency and humanitarian aid, food security, health, education, economic development and civil society development. In this, CARE works closely together with Somali civil society, and is increasingly aware of the important role the Somali Diaspora plays and could play, not just in terms of remittances, but also in ongoing local development projects, in engaging with local civil society and in terms of their political influence in Somalia.
Nedsom – Nedsom is the key partner, and joint implementer of the programme. Somali experts and formed the link with the Somali community in the Netherlands. Diaspora – For the Diaspora the involvement in development of their home country is something they have a personal stake in, often with relatives left behind inside Somalia and still having close ties with the home regions. Diaspora trainees and professionals – Somalis in Europe – amongst others in the Netherlands, Great Britain and Finland – still have strong links with their home country and play an important role in its economy. Besides financial and material support, they are given the opportunity to give support to civil society capacity building.