A new analysis is expected to help international donors to coordinate future democracy-support programs to Somaliland, reports suggest.
The Somaliland International Democratization Support Strategy, produced by the International Republican Institute and commissioned by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, identifies opportunities for international support to Somaliland, and highlights areas where priorities of the international community and Somaliland stakeholders converge, including:
- More support to address structural issues, including voter registration and legal framework, related to the conduct of elections;
- Programs that provide technical assistance to political parties in creating clear and distinct national party identities and issue-based platforms;
- Programs that will increase the presence of political parties between elections, including promoting collaboration between political and development institutions…………..
IRI’s former Vice Chairman and former US Special Envoy to Sudan, the late Ambassador Rich Williamson said, “Somaliland is a shining light of the evolution of democracy in Eastern Africa, and something its neighbors can benefit from watching and learning from and…deserves international support.”
The Somaliland International Democratization Support Strategy was a joint initiative of IRI’s Africa division and office of monitoring and evaluation. IRI has worked in Somaliland since 2002, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development, National Endowment for Democracy and DFID, to support the development of a robust civil society, well-organized and representative political parties and a modernized legislature that engages in issue-based policy making.