LPI has 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 only 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 2013-2016 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 and data 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 south-central Somalia.
The field experience and research has also resulted in a series publications and resources on Somalia (available at give the link) which are useful resource for both academics and practitioners in the field of peacebuilding.
For information about the programme’s results please see 2015 annual report