Strengthening Somali Media Capacity for Democracy and Human Rights

Grantee: National Union of Somali Journalists

The project aimed strengthened the capacity of the Somali media to implement principles and practices of democracy and respect for human rights by providing professional training to Somali journalists across the country, focusing on ethics and good journalistic practices, and holding workshops on good governance and human rights. The use of training sessions and workshops was appropriate to address the issue of journalists’ skills development. Creation of a media centre was also useful in helping journalists to do their work. However, the project’s planned activities were not sufficient to address all its objectives.

The number of participating journalists was on target, as was the ratio of women participants (30%). This is a very significant achievement, considering the prevalence of armed violence and high levels of political instability in many parts of Somalia during the project period. Significantly, the project benefited about half of Somalia’s journalists. On the other hand, the failure to address other stakeholders – government, editors, and publishers – reduced the likelihood of positive changes. However, the very fact that the project took place has to be seen as an achievement in its own right.