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RENEWED SUPPORT TO FORUM SYD’S DIASPORA PROGRAMME IN SOMALIA

december 7th, 2014

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RENEWED SUPPORT TO FORUM SYD’S DIASPORA PROGRAMME IN SOMALIA

Sweden has decided to extend the support to the Somali diaspora’s participation in Sweden’s development cooperation in Somalia. The programme, with a total funding of 45 MSEK, is implemented by the Swedish NGO Forum Syd and their Diaspora Programme in Somalia.

Forum Syd will be running a sub-granting scheme as part of this programme where Somali diaspora organisations together with partners in Somalia can apply for support to projects in the country. The programme is focusing on strengthening civil society in Somalia aiming at “Greater participation of marginalised people, particularly women and youth and civil society organisations in decision making processes, within the target areas of Somalia”. Hence, Forum Syd could support projects in all of Somalia, including Somaliland and Puntland, in the areas of democracy and human rights, gender equality, sustainable
livelihoods and peace-building between different regions. The programme will also focus on capacity development of the partner organisations.

– The most important lifeline for many Somalis is the remittances from the diaspora. Through this programme Sweden is complementing these financial flows with social remittances where the experience and knowledge of the diaspora is returned to Somalia. Sweden is, in other words, supporting Somali solutions to Somali problems, says Mr Erik Pettersson, Programme Officer, Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi.

More information will soon become available at Forum Syd’s website:
www.forumsyd.org/InternationalStart/

SAIF OMAR
Migration & Development Advisor
Tel: +46 (0)8 50637168
saif.omar @ forumsyd.org

Forum Syd, Box 15 407, SE-104 65 Stockholm, Sweden
Besök / Visit: Katarinavägen 20

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