Democracy Assistance in Somalia
The Oslo Center currently does not have an active project in Somalia. The previous project was supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi, and was active from 2015-2018. The overall goal of the project was to strengthen democratic political institutions and processes in Somalia. The work has throughout the program focused on long term preparation for the multi-party system with representative political parties.
The Oslo Center started its work in Somalia in collaboration with NDI in 2010. The Oslo Center has implemented a program to strengthen and preparing aspiring political parties to become democratic and functioning organizations and prepare for the registration process of political parties in Somalia. The Oslo Center has supported these organizations with capacity and technical know-how. The Oslo Center has since 2012 supported the parliament in Somalia through a Secondment program providing Somali technical expertise in areas requested by the parliamentary committees. Finally, the Oslo Center supported a parliamentary ad-hoc committee with the development of a political party law outlining the legal and regulatory framework political parties should operate within. This law was signed by the Somali President in 2016. Based upon request, the Oslo Center also assisted both the women caucus and the establishment of the youth caucus in the Federal Parliament – the House of the People in Somalia.