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 few 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.

For TIS+, integrating gender and addressing equality across the program in a holistic manner is essential to the program. However, it is not only about adding a woman’s component and increasing women’s participation into an existing activity. Rather, it is about how experience, knowledge, and interests of women and men can actually affect programmatic objectives and anticipated results. 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 this year.

In the summers of 2016 and 2017, USAID also supported the second and third annual Mogadishu Book Fairs, which turned out to be the most high profile cultural events held in Somalia in over two decades. The fair attracted 2,000 people a day, and trended on Twitter in East Africa with over 5.5 million impressions of #MBF2017.

In addition, TIS+ 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.

Specifically 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. TIS+ support to the processes will allow for successful council formation leading to elected district councils that will provide a platform for stakeholders to negotiate power sharing, mechanisms for identifying and solving local governance challenges, and addressing service delivery. The asphalting of two major roads in northern Puntland have been identified for upgrading and will be essential in promoting connectivity and contribute to the wider stabilization agenda.

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.

Last year’s drought had a devastating impact on a large number of communities where TIS+ works. In preparation for future droughts, TIS + is constructing airstrips in order to get food and other essentials to difficult-to-access regions in Dinsoor, Baardhere, Afmadow, Dhobley, Qansah Dhere, Xuddur, El Barde and Wajid.

Last updated: March 29, 2018

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