Measuring Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in Somaliland and Somalia

Since its establishment in 2009 the Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention (OCVP) has worked with local and international stakeholders from its headquarters in Hargeisa, Somaliland and more recently from new ly opened offices on Garowe and Mogadishu to measure and evaluate progress in peacebuilding and state-building across all regions of Somalia. However, given not only the distrust and hostility held by many Somali’s towards state institutions and their repr esentatives but the fact that most peacebuilding and state building projects are designed and implemented by foreign actors this type of monitoring is essential to measure their relevance, progress and effectiveness. Nevertheless, by employing a mixed method approach that includes both quantitative (survey) and qualitative (interviews) means to collect the data the OCVP is able to gather public perceptions of the effectiveness of these efforts by local, regional and national level actors on issues related to the delivery of good governance, justice, security and peace.; these include not only ‘official’ state agencies but also key non-state actors , such as elders/traditional leaders, religious leaders, business communities and members of the Somali diaspora. This then allows the OCVP to collect data that can be utilized by local and international stakeholders to develop, adapt and strengthen their
policies and programmes supporting peacebuilding and state-building in Somalia.

visit DFID Somalia site

Visit UNDP Somali site

Japan Center for Conflict Prevention