Do No Harm in Somalia
In february 2014 Diakonia in Somalia hosted the first Do No Harm Network meeting for 15 organizations.
Diakonia Somalia Country Programme has hosted an inaugural network meeting for organisations working in Somalia and practicing Do No Harm as an approach to conflict sensitivity. This is the first time that organisations working in Somalia and practising Do No Harm are congregating together to learn and share ideas on this particular approach to conflict sensitivity.
Seven years of experience
Diakonia Somalia Country Programme started incorporating the Do No Harm approach to conflict sensitivity in 2007, in its SIDA-funded Democracy and Human Rights, Phase III Programme. In those seven years, Diakonia has put into practice conflict sensitivity in all its programming and has supported 30 local partner organisations in the Puntland State of Somalia in doing the same, using funds from the Swedish Embassy. The Diakonia Somalia Country Programme has 2 trainers of trainers within its staff and 2 other trainers within the local partner organisations. In addition, the staff in the country programme translated a 24-page pocket booklet on Do No Harm into Somali language, which was later printed and distributed to local organisations in Somalia. Human insecurity caused by competition around scarce resources has been identified as a key source of conflicts and violence in Somali society.
Reduces negative impact of aid
The centrality of resources as a source of conflict has wide-spread support in recent conflict analyses made in different parts of the country. Studies have demonstrated that also clan conflict is primarily based on competition over scarce resources. The Do No Harm approach is seen to be a suitable way of reducing the negative impact of aid assistance in Somalia.
It is expected that the 15 organisations represented in the inaugural meeting will spearhead the formation of a network, where Do No Harm practitioners and other interested people, can learn and share experiences this particular approach to conflict sensitivity.