The present project builds upon the first phase of the Support to Stabilization (S2S) project, which operated from 2015 to 2018. The project was originally conceived to allow MoIFAR to support the establishment of caretaker administrations in up to 25 districts anticipated to be recovered from Al-Shabaab during the joint operations of AMISOM and the Somali Security Forces in 2013-2015 in the south-central regions, that were to later become the four new Federal Member States of Jubaland, South West, Hirshabelle and Galmudug. The process involved the establishment of initial caretaker administration and provide the caretaker administrations with support for the running cost and to support its community engagement, as well as supporting the establishment of inclusive District Peace and Security Committees (DPSCs) to provide a forum to represent the community under the interim governance arrangements ahead of the election of a representative district council.
The Support to Stabilization II (S2SII) project is the centerpiece of the UN’s support to the National Stabilization Strategy and for enabling the role of the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation as the lead government ministry. The first phase of the project was instrumental in providing first-tier support to interim district authorities in 14 districts of Jubaland, South West, Hirshabelle and Galmudug states. S2SII will build on the momentum created and expand the support to new areas under government control to promote reconciliation and facilitate the extension of state authority and accountability to the district-level.
The present project facilitates essential support to establish the basic administrative functions at the district level across the federal system based upon an inclusive approach, with the overall goal being to contribute to the wider peacebuilding and State building agenda being undertaken by the Government of Somalia and its international partners.