In the absence of central government control over most of its territory since the 1991 Civil War, Somalia is consistently ranked as the world’s number one failed state.

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GCCT Members from Somalia

1) CDR Somalia

CDR Somalia is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation, dedicated to fighting poverty, poor governance, and caste and ethnic cleansing – all of which have blighted the lives of the entire Somali people. CDR Somalia provides leadership and support to peacebuilding processes, seeking to find a solution to the Civil War through debate, dialogue and training. Read more…


2) Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA)

SOMESHA works to develop a new journalistic paradigm that would enable citizens and communities to shape the news agenda by enhancing the skills of community journalists and raising the professional standards of the media.
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3) Somali Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention

Somali Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention (OCVP) is an apolitical and neutral Somali institution, which is independent of governments and civil society. It has been set up to improve the effectiveness of community safety interventions by advancing learning and evidence-based programming. Read more…


4) Somali Organization for Voluntary Action (SOVA)

The Somali Organization for Voluntary Action’s (SOVA) Mission is to “protect the environment and improve the lives of disadvantaged and minority groups in South-Central Somalia through providing capacity building training and basic rights projects such as water, food, health, and education.” Read more…


A malnourished child waits for emergency medical assistance from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), an active regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations. Somalia is the country worst affected by a severe drought that has ravaged large swaths of the Horn of Africa, leaving an estimated 11 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (photography courtesy of United Nations Photo, published under a Creative Commons License).