In 2012, the Federal Government of Somalia took office with international backing after two decades of warfare. Since then, the government has developed a National Stabilization Strategy (NSS) to address enduring areas of conflict in the country with ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ reconciliation and clan-conflict reduction strategies. While commendable for its multifaceted response, there is a recognized need to improve rule of law at the community level.
IDLO is supporting the implementation of a project that aims to counter violent extremism in Somalia by enhancing community and civil society capacity for social healing. Working with local NGOs, the project will include trauma healing and peace building sessions, as well as Community Forgiveness Ceremonies in three target districts to promote reconciliation and break the cycle of violence.