Organisation Internationale de Droit du Développement

Constitutional Reform in Somalia

IDLO is working to support the endorsement of Somalia’s Provisional Constitution. In the first half of 2012, we helped produce a comparative analysis of the new draft Constitution, the Constitution of 1960 and the Transitional Federal Charter of 2004, with recommendations for changes where appropriate. The Provisional Constitution was adopted in 2012. The constitution-making process is set to continue until 2016, with the resulting document put to a public referendum. Current proposals pledge equal rights for all, outlaw child marriage, and - for the first time-ever in a national constitution – ban female genital mutilation. We have actively supported the government during the Constitution adoption process and facilitated deliberation of the proposals in the National Constituent Assembly, while engaging in a comprehensive public awareness campaign.