Support to Four State Assemblies in Somalia
Somalia’s state assemblies must work in tandem with local and international actors to strengthen government capacity and promote a more peaceful, stable Somalia.
Somalia has suffered decades of conflict and weak transitional governments, triggered by the collapse of its central government in 1991. These conditions undermine government accountability and hinder trust in state authorities. Since 2012, Somalia has made some progress toward overcoming these challenges, but without local accountability and strong legislative processes, stability remains a distant reality.
The Support to Four State Assemblies (SFSA) project, funded by the Somalia Stability Fund, worked alongside the state assemblies of Jubaland, South West State, Hirshabelle, and Galmudug to strengthen government capacity. SFSA improved the four states’ legislative processes, increased citizens’ oversight of the executive branch, strengthened relations between members of parliament and constituents, and established effective secretariats. By restoring trust in the government and placing local ownership first, the project strived for a peaceful, stable Somalia.