Somalia: Field research in Hirshabelle completed

19.10.2017

During September 2017, the Somali-based team carried out a field research exercise in the Somali State of Hirshabelle. The objective of the mission was to collect information on the needs of the communities in terms of reconciliation, including the previous approaches taken, the impediments and challenges, and the opportunities that are available for successful reconciliation. An extensive actors-mapping was carried out simultaneously in order to better understand the interests of relevant stakeholders and their influence. The research employed a participatory methodology, including key informant interviews with government officials and 30 focus group discussions with different stakeholders including women, traditional and religious leaders, civil society representatives, youth, professionals (former civil servants, journalists, academics, etc.) and artists and poets. The results from this research provide the necessary knowledge-base for developing, together with our Somali partners, a conceptual approach to community reconciliation and mediation support in the State of Hirshabelle.

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