Transition Initiatives for Stabilization + (TIS+)

OVERVIEW

The TIS+ activity aims to increase Somalia’s stability through participatory processes that promote good governance and community cohesion.  Given the fragile nature of the political and security gains made over the last years in Somalia, TIS+ maintains a continued focus on quick impact stabilization activities at the district and community levels, with a focus on targeted areas in the federal states.  At the same time, TIS+ supports Somalia’s goal of moving from crisis response and stabilization to medium and longer-term development by facilitating joint planning between community, government and private sector actors on shared goals.

TIS+ prioritizes engagement with government and communities within the Puntland, Jubaland, and the South West States of Somalia, Banadir Regional Authority, and the Sool and Sanaag regions.  The TIS+ activities focus on increasing stability in the country by improving the government’s capacity for service delivery and demonstrating good governance processes, thereby improving citizen confidence in government and reducing the appeal of violent extremism.

In coordination with government counterparts and community members, TIS+ staff and facilitators work collectively to select and prioritize stability projects.  The construction of roads, government buildings, parks, or installation of solar lights are some examples of projects that community members choose.  The projects are then implemented, monitored and evaluated together with the government and other stakeholders.  TIS+ emphasizes the process of transparent and accountable project delivery that instills confidence and legitimacy in the government.

For TIS+, integrating gender and addressing equality across the program in a holistic manner is essential to the program.  The TIS+ team supports the empowerment of women and girls, while addressing gender equality concerns in the development, planning, and implementation of all project activities.

ACTIVITY IMPACT

USAID supports the revitalization of Somali dialogue, arts, culture, and sports activities to their original prominence in Somali society. Activities that promote social cohesion and peace in communities are particularly important for engaging vulnerable populations who have endured trauma and social and political exclusion.

In December 2016 the Somali Olympic Committee and the National Basketball Federation were supported by USAID to host the first women’s national basketball tournament in 26 years in the Puntland capital of Garowe. The tournament attracted an estimated 2,500 spectators with hundreds of thousands or perhaps even millions of Somalis following the games through mainstream and social media. Afterwards, the Olympic Committee selected the national team members for the Emirates Games that year.

TIS+ also helped to organize the National Men’s Soccer Tournament, which kicked off in Mogadishu on December 8, 2017, and attracted over 30,000 spectators. More than190 football players from the federal member states competed in the tournament and took part in Sports for Development (S4D) drills to learn and demonstrate how sports is used to foster development and social cohesion.

The fourth annual Mogadishu Book Fair held in August 2018 was a big success, attracting over 2,000 people a day. The fair emphasized the importance of Somali unity and the role of education in advancing Somalia’s future.

The bomb attack in Mogadishu on October 14, 2017 was a terrible tragedy. In partnership with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, USAID stepped in quickly with the provision of most-needed meals and clean drinking water to 700 people located in a number of hospitals in Mogadishu. Victims of the bomb attack, care-givers and first responders were delivered hot cooked meals over a period of seven days. Other activities are being discussed with the Banadir Regional Authority (BRA) that help in the city’s restoration.

Also in Mogadishu, TIS+ is laying the foundation for sustainable engineering capacity past the lifetime of the project. By employing and mentoring six local Somali engineers, which have since been employed by the government, and plans to construct a state-of-the-art materials testing lab, the government and private industry will have the hardware and software to advance Somali infrastructure without relying on external resources.

In Puntland and South West States, TIS+ is assisting local governments in their district council formation so that members can better respond to the needs of their constituents, be more transparent and inclusive. Specifically in northern Puntland, TIS+ has completed its Community Consensus Planning sessions and is undertaking significant government and economic activity including two roads that will increase access to markets, a frankincense processing facility, and infrastructure to support fisheries.

Last updated: November 27, 2018

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