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Partnerships and Capacity Development

CISP Somalia focuses on building partnerships with Somali People in every action. Strengthening capacities of local institutions and other key stakeholders is a fundamental aspect for community ownership, sustainable and durable changes. Special attention is given to the capacity building and skills development of local CSOs and institutions, authorities and government officials, service providers, teachers, professionals in the sector.


CISP focuses on building partnerships with relevant Somali stakeholders in every phase of the project, including design, planning, implementation and monitoring. Starting from existing skills and knowledge, CISP supports the process of change, while developing capacities, enhancing local ownership, commitment and motivation.

Building on existing capacities and needs assessed in the initial phase, CISP ensures tailored trainings and continued mentoring during the whole program. infographic

CISP counts on an experienced team of capacity development experts supporting its programs in 30 countries. Established partnerships with renowned international Universities (such as University of Pavia and Roma, Johns Hopkins University) and local Universities have guaranteed the success of the MECHOD program, a high-quality Master program geared towards enhancing capacities of local stakeholders in the development and aid sector. In each region CISP partners with local public universities, higher education private institutions, research institutes and consultancy firms.

In the timeframe 2010-2018 alone, CISP Somalia has supported capacity development of approximately 30 Somali Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

Social Inclusion, Gender Equity and Women Empowerment

In partnership with Somali authorities, communities, civil society organizations, service providers and women associations, CISP supports:

  • Prevention and elimination of every form of gender-based violence and discrimination.
  • Access to rights, economic opportunities, education and health services for all.
  • Promotion of self-resilience, leadership and empowerment of women and vulnerable groups.
  • Engagement of men and boys in promoting inclusion, gender equity and women empowerment.
  • Support to systems, policies and regulations that promote gender equity and inclusion of vulnerable groups.

Innovation and Good Practices for Social Change

CISP mainstreams the use of innovative approaches and good practices that have been effective in triggering RESILIANCE, EMPOWERMENT and SUSATINABLE CHANGE OF SOCIAL NORMS at individual, community and institutional level.
Some of these approaches and good practices include:


Community owned and led dialogues:

As powerful processes and spaces for critically examining and re-defining harmful social norms, adopting decisions and committing to change.

Participatory art and body-based activities for change:

Creative and body-based activities as means to trigger change and to catalyze healing and empowerment (Body mapping, Spatial mapping, Placemaking, Participatory Theatre, Photovoice, Storytelling, spots and Self Defense, etc.)

> Visit our "Culture for Inclusion in Somalia" website


Communication for social change:

CISP supports partners to design, conduct and evaluate impactful campaigns and events geared to convey messages for social change, (cultural events and exhibitions, public hearings, school contests, public art, storytelling, screenings, TV and radio programs).

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

CISP ensures quality, accountable and impactful programming, in line with International and Donors’ Standards. CISP Somalia adopts a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods, participatory and gender sensitive approaches, internal and external resources to monitor and evaluate all its programs. CISP’s special focus lies on monitoring and measuring social norms, attitude and behavior change thanks to partnerships with research institutions, such as Johns Hopkins University.

CISP led efforts are complemented by: third party monitoring, peer to peer field monitoring, usage of software and online platforms, remote monitoring support, community review meetings and online sharing of progress, monthly CISP internal monitoring and learning meetings, consultations with Somali Stakeholders and monthly reporting.


Communication and Visibility

CISP ensures that all Somali actors and international partners are aware of and recognized in their contribution during activities.

A Regional Communication and Visibility Team ensures Donor’s, Partner’s and CISP requirements are met in terms of quality of design and copy and final products. A field team ensures adequacy of cultural sensitivity and dissemination within the communities. CISP works with an experienced team of designers, copywriters, audio visual artists and production companies to support all programs.

  • Branding, Messaging and Production of Visibility and educational tools.
  • Production of video clips and readers for CFSC, education and accountability purposes.
  • Production of stories and photo stories to share progress, monitoring findings, learning and impact.
  • Dissemination and sharing during events, in donor reports, media and on online platforms.

International Committee for the Development of Peoples