The States of Hirshabelle and Galmudug, two of Somalia’s youngest states, host at least 428,000 IDPs as a result of natural disasters and protracted conflict. Despite recent progress in Galmudug, including a reduction in piracy and substantial inter-clan peacebuilding efforts, the displacement crisis develops against the backdrop of ongoing insecurity. Africa’s Voices deployed the Common Social Accountability Platform (CSAP) to strengthen the efforts of the Midnimo II program implemented in Galmudug to support government and communities to work together to address the challenges of displacement in an accountable and transparent manner.
In order to respond to the need for greater public awareness regarding conflict drivers and to gather citizen feedback on proposed solutions, Africa’s Voices conducted a two-week interactive radio consultation in Galmudug. The proposed program was aimed at supporting the following objectives:
- Build a dialogue with Galmudug inhabitants on an inclusive common platform, in which specific communities can discuss issues around inter- and intra-community conflict and consider collective solutions.
- Inform stabilisation and durable solutions programming and legislation in Galmudug by generating insights on citizen perspectives on key topics such as land conflicts, social cohesion, and civil society-led conflict resolution.
- Motivate key stakeholders and government actors to contribute to and support a sustainable CSAP solution in Galmudug.
A bold call for unity
A total of 1,286 individuals participated in the radio discussions hosted over two weeks of radio shows. In Week 1, 798 participants sent in a total of 1523 messages in response to the following question: How do people resolve conflicts within your community? Can you give an example?. Responses from citizens ranged from current approaches to aspirational ones. The most common aspirational theme was unity with nearly a fifth of respondents mentioning the importance of brotherhood, solidarity, and clan unity because of their shared Islamic identity.
‘’Greetings to Mudug media, peace can be achieved through unity’’
‘’It can be resolved when clans become united for the sake of God strengthening local authorities’’
Male, 18 years, Abudwaak, Recently displaced .
‘’It’s to unite all clans’’
Male, 17 years, Abudwaak, Non IDP
In Week 2, 683 participants sent in a total of 1399 messages in response to: What steps could be taken to improve conflict resolution in your community? Community organisation was mentioned by nearly a third of participants. Unity, brotherhood within the community and the fact that nothing good comes out of war was highlighted often.
“Conflicts resolutions can be improved by uniting the clans and making them understand that nothing good comes out of war”
Male, 21 years, Galkacyo, Non IDP.
“Conflicts in the community can be resolved if everyone works on solving these conflicts and I believe that if the people are united these conflicts can be resolved”
Female, 20 years Abudwaaq, Recently displaced.
“The biggest step to be taken to improve conflict resolution is to create social organizations that work on social issues in the community”
Male, 18 years, Guriel, Non IDP.
A report summarising all findings will be made available soon.