Building Secure Communities

What is the Project About

secure communities

Bringing civil society on board to build a safe environment provides a crucial foundation for recovery and long-term peaceful development. Local government, police forces and prosecutors cannot function sustainably without involving their communities and addressing concerns and needs of the people. The guiding principle of our work is connecting local and national governments, the police and justice systems with civil society to improve safety and security in communities. UNDP fosters the active involvement of marginalized and vulnerable segments of society, women, and youth in the planning, monitoring, and execution of security services.

Through its Community Security project, UNDP supports Somali authorities in the development and implementation of related policies, community correction mechanisms as well as the building of national safety and security infrastructure. These structures vary from the Peace Building Units at the Ministry of Interior (Somaliland) and Ministry of Security (Puntland), the Regional Response mechanisms for conflict, and the District Safety and Peace Committees at Resource Centers for Peace. They also collaborate with civil society, creating a space to host peacebuilding activities. UNDP-supported youth rehabilitation programmes and the establishment of Women's Protection Units is helping to address one of the biggest causes of insecurity in Somali communities - youth violence - while at the same time providing support for victims of violence.

Highlights of our Work

Giving Somali youth a future.

Despite recent gains in stability across all three regions, there still remains a significant portion of youth who are either at risk, or become drafted into conflict. This phenomenon poses a serious threat to strengthening peace. Through the Youth for Change initiative, implemented in collaboration with UNICEF and ILO, we are helping dismantle existing armed groups as well as prevent young Somalis to be recruited by armed militia, organised criminal and piracy groups. The programme provides young people with an opportunity for rehabilitation and personal development through educational activities, social rehabilitation, economic integration, and leadership training while at the same time sensitizing them on the adverse impact of conflict and violence on their country.

Empowering women.

Somali women and girls are particularly vulnerable and underrepresented in communitybased structures. In our projects, we ensure that their voices are heard and listened to when designing responses to insecurity. The Women's Civilian Protection Unit was established as an innovative pilot initiative to empower women in peace and security, and act against vectors of violence and crime.

Women have an essential role to rehabilitate and reintegrate youth formerly associated with armed groups, provide referral services to victims, monitor and report incidents of crime or violence to the police. These female participants were trained as community workers to provide victim referral services and crime prevention advice to the community.

Giving space for peace-building activities.

We believe that sustainable violence reduction requires communities and local authorities partnering to identify, develop, and implement solutions to strengthen peace and security at the district. Therefore, we help to overcome one of the obstacles for success: lack of neutral physical space where many of the activities that lie at the heart of community security can be hosted and supported, such as consultations, dialogue sessions, trainings or mediation.

What We Have Accomplished

Project Overview
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Focus Area
Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Project Manager
Lilla Schumicky
Ministry of Interior of Somaliland, Ministry of Security Puntland, Ministry of Family Affairs of Somaliland, Ministry of Family Affairs of Puntland, Universities of Hargeisa, East Africa, Mogadishu, Somali Organisations for Community Development Activities (SOCDA), Civil Society Organizations, Local Communities. International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC), Saferworld, Japan Centre for Conflict Prevention (JCCP), Somali Youth Development Network (SOYDEN), Center for Peace and Democracy (CPD), KAALO, SORSO, Horn Peace, HAQSOOR, and, NAGAAD, ILO, UNICEF, USAID- TIS/IOM. European Commission, Japan, Norway, Denmark
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