How we work in Somalia
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.
In 2004, the Consortium established the NGO Safety Programme (NSP, formerly SPAS), providing safety and security analysis and advice as well as training in safety and security issues. Upon request, the NSP also provides critical incident support such as coordinating evacuations, relocations and critical incident management for NGOs within Somalia.
The Consortium is represented and managed through a Nairobi-based Focal Point and two elected voluntary Deputy Focal Points. The Focal Point plays a key role in facilitating information sharing and coordination, identification of joint positions, and working with all stakeholders in support of joint approaches and solutions to pertinent Somali issues. The Focal Point also represents members to governments, the UN system and the international community. She oversees the management of the NSP, ensuring maximum synergy with the Consortium, accountability and efficiency.
The Consortium Focal Point and the NSP Programme Manager are advised by an annually elected Steering Committee, and supported by a small team currently including the Information Officer, Office Manager, NSP Finance Manager, and Finance Assistant.