Our work in Somalia

We have been working in Somalia since the outset of the civil war in 1991. The initial engagement in the northern regions was to contribute to the post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation in Somaliland. In the late 1990s, LPI moved its work to south-central Somalia and is now operational in these conflict affected regions. Working in partnership with local and international humanitarian, development and peacebuilding organisations, LPI is currently addressing grassroots, community-level conflicts in five central and southern regions.

LPI’s Somalia programme contributes to reconciliation efforts in south-central Somalia at two levels. The first focuses on supporting community engagement and empowerment for reconciliation and conflict transformation at the grassroots level through active participation of local stakeholders, with a special emphasis on inclusive representation including working with communities in areas which are not controlled by the internationally-backed Somali Federal Government or its allies. The second focuses on policy engagement at the national and international level based on the research gathered in the field. Both strands of work are interconnected and supplement the work of both international and Somali actors’ efforts to address conflict and build peace in Somalia.

The field experience and research has also resulted in a series of publications and resources on Somalia (see Resources) which are an insightful resource for academics and practitioners.

International Partners and Funding

LPI works closely with cooperation partners in Somalia. These include the Zamzam Foundation, Somali Peace Line, and the Somali Women Solidarity Organization. A major part of the Programme’s funding is provided by the Swedish International Development and Co-operation Agency (Sida). Other financial partners include the European Union and the Church of Sweden. For a complete list of LPI’s funding sources please visit the Funding page.


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The Life & Peace Institute in partnership with the Rift Valley Institute organised a Horn of Africa Bulletin Forum on ‘P/CVE - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’. The Forum brought together representatives from IGAD member states, prominent academicians, civil society groups and other relevant partners, from 11-12 January 2018 in Naivasha, Kenya.

Participants interrogated basic assumptions about ‘what works, where and when’ in designing policies and programmes that can help prevent or mitigate violent extremism in the Horn of Africa. A number of challenges mentioned also underscored the need to get P/CVE programming right by undertaking evidence-based design and implementation.

The Forum follows from the July-August 2017 issue of the Horn of Africa Bulletin, which has been publishing analysis relating to the Horn of Africa for the past 25 years.

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