Fostering social cohesion in newly liberated areas of Galmudug, Somalia: A citizen-centered approach


Between January 2024 and April 2024, a collaborative effort between the European Institute of Peace (EIP), Elman Peace Centre (EPC), Tubsan National Center for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) (Tubsan), and Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF) unfolded, marking the fifth interactive radio series of the European Union (EU) supported Strength Through Tolerance (STT) project. This series aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence in the newly liberated areas of Galmudug state in Somalia.

Engagement and Participation: 

The radio series facilitated open dialogues, garnering active participation from 1,977 individuals who sent 8,404 messages across six radio stations. This engagement was notably inclusive, involving women (42.2%), youth (64.8%), internally displaced persons (46.6%), persons living with disabilities (27.4%), and minority groups (6.1%).

Key Findings

  • Negative consequences of conflict: Participants reported adverse effects of conflict on clan relations, emphasising the need for efforts to counter radicalization and enhance security measures. 
  • Positive responses to liberation: Liberation was met with satisfaction due to restored normalcy, economic advancement, and improved service delivery, but efforts to combat violent extremism remain crucial. 
  • Awareness of district council efforts: While awareness of the District Council’s efforts is high, there are areas for improvement, particularly in delivering essential services. 
  • Job creation opportunities: Participants see job creation as a key income-generating opportunity but note a gap in available job opportunities, especially among youth. 
  • Role of religious leaders: Religious leaders play a critical role in promoting peace and unity within society, recognized as symbols of positive change. 
  • Community desire for unity and harmony: There’s a strong community desire to embrace initiatives promoting unity and harmony, grounded in true Islamic teachings. 
  • Trusted communication mediums: Radio remains the most trusted communication medium, followed by international broadcasting companies and local television channels.

Project Details

PartnerEuropean Union (EU)

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  • Strengthening security measures: Bolster security measures, address root causes of radicalization, and promote equitable resource distribution to mitigate conflicts. 
  • Improving district council services: Enhance service delivery, prioritise people-oriented programs, and enhance public awareness of council initiatives. 
  • Empowering young people: Establish income-generating programs, bridge the skills gap, and provide support to young entrepreneurs. 
  • Empowering religious leaders: Invest in initiatives that empower religious leaders to promote peace and unity within communities. 
  • Leveraging radio and media channels: Prioritise radio as the primary means of communication, monitor social media usage, and prevent the spread of misinformation.

In conclusion, the interactive radio series provided valuable insights and actionable recommendations to foster social cohesion in Galmudug, underscoring the importance of inclusive dialogue and community-driven initiatives in promoting peace and harmony.

Findings from KEEP II Pilot study

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