With support from Somalia Stability Fund, Africa’s Voices concluded the strategic media communication efforts on nationwide pro-peace messaging and support for the democratization pathways in Galmudug, Puntland and South West in Somalia. We delivered conflict sensitive and evidence-based multimedia interventions advancing inclusive, responsive, accountable and democratic governance in the key target states in Somalia. These activities were aimed to support long-term progress on key stability issues related to representation, building the evidence base for future interventions in the reconciliation space, as well as broaden citizen dialogue on pro-peace messaging in response to possible violence related to the 2021 Federal elections.
State Level Democratisation (SLD)
Africa’s Voices deployed media interventions on state-level democratisation in the Federal Member States of Galmudug, South West and Puntland. AVF delivered awareness-raising activities to state administrations on democratic governance, transparency, and accountability. The objective was to strengthen citizen-authority relationships and ground government decision-making in a nuanced and rich understanding of citizen perspectives on governance structures. We mainstreamed and challenged normative frameworks that perpetuate the exclusion of women, youth, IDPs and traditionally marginalized groups in Somalia from the decision making processes.
Elections Conflict Hotspots Peace Messaging
In collaboration with local partners, we intensified pro-peace messaging using trusted voices of authority through radio and social media across identified hotspot locations in South Central Somalia and Puntland. We integrated conflict sensitive and local ownership approaches to amplify pro-peace messages in our programming. The interactive radio space was a valued discussion forum for citizens to share and absorb other peaceful ideas before, during and after elections in Somalia.
Engagement in numbers
District Council Formation (DCF), State Level Democratization (SLD), Reconciliation and Puntland Pilot Elections we heard from 9, 131 citizens who opted-in to have their views analysed and we received a total of 24, 925 messages. We hosted 31 magazine programmes on Democratization and Reconciliation broadcasts on 25 radio stations across Puntland, Galmudug, South West, Hirshabelle and Banadir Regional Administration. We hosted 11 television debates and 10 on-the-ground forums. In addition, we produced and posted 16 videos and 7 posters for social media (Facebook) on the democratization process. For pro-peace messaging, we broadcasted 7 magazine shows with mini-dramas on 25 FM stations across Somalia as well as 6 short videos and 5 posters on our Facebook page.
Photos by Charles Fred