The Somalia NGO Consortium is a voluntary mechanism of NGOs for NGOs. Given the highly insecure environment, the complexity of the operating environment, and the large numbers of agencies working in Somalia, a coordinated voice is critical to successfully conduct development and humanitarian work in Somalia.
Formed in 1999, we bring together local and international NGOs working in Somalia in order to share information and analysis on key issues, facilitate closer coordination and joint advocacy, and improve representation with stakeholders including local authorities, the UN system and donors.
It took 16 warning for the international community to respond to the last catastrophe; lessons must be learnt from past to avert another crisis in the Horn of Africa.
In February 2012, the international community met in London for an international conference on Somalia. The conference signalled the international community’s intent to catalyse support for the Federal Government of Somalia’s security sector, political transition, and recovery from conflict. During the conference, a number of commitments in the areas of political process, security, rule of law and financial transparency were made, focusing on the Federal Government and particularly on the situation in southern and central Somalia.
NGOs welcome increased international engagement on Somalia and the Somalia Conference is an opportunity to shape positively Somalia’s future. NGOs also recognize and welcome the achievements the Somali Federal Government has made to provide a foundation for progress and change in the last 8 months. Sustainable progress in security, justice and accountability in Somalia, building on gains already made, continues to be the shared goal.