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Project ID:00078156Description:CHF Som ENBPROGR/2011-1/OCHA-N
Somalia Humanitarian Fund
Start Date *: 4 Apr 2011
Enabling Programming
End Date*: 31 Dec 2014
Country: Somalia Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   NGO/OCHA - NGO implementation/OCHA

CHF-DMA-0489-070 “IRIN Somali Radio Service” – 288,700$

The country’s poor media standards have had an impact on dissemination and production of humanitarian information ever since the outbreak of war in 1991. Access to verified and relevant information inside Somalia, as well as in the refugee camps in the neighboring countries that host fleeing Somalis, is difficult. The humanitarian radio service stands out as a vital component in ensuring that Somalis access their right to quality information, in a country where, according to the latest assessment, an estimated 2.4 million people are in humanitarian emergency and acute food and livelihood crises, and where drought and not security is now the main reason for new displacement. The Somali radio service provides life-saving information through programming on themes including life-saving information, children, conflict, education, environment, food security, gender issues, health & nutrition, HIV/AIDS, aid policy, human rights, migration refugees/IDPs, natural disasters, security, urban risk, water & sanitation, livestock, livelihoods, an more.

Somalia's disintegration is reflected in its media, which tends to be fragmented and often partisan, with most of its about 20 local FM radio stations subject in some way to clan or factional influence. Broadcasters and journalists operate in an atmosphere that is hostile to free expression, and are often victims of violence and threats. In such a context, IRIN’s Somali Radio Service has built a reputation of neutrality, credibility and independence.

International Media Support (IMS) will support the continuation of the radio service, under the framework of an Advisory Board composed of humanitarian INGOs and OCHA acting as guardian of the editorial independence and humanitarian relevance of the service.  IMS envisages also not in the framework of this project strengthening the existing programme, by boosting the radio broadcasting reach and enhancing capacity building training of the local correspondents, as well as exploring new smart solutions to transmit humanitarian information using 3G and mobile technologies.


CHF-DMA-0489-093 “NGO SAFETY PROGRAM - NSP is committed to supporting NGOs in providing safety and security for staff and assets and to improve coordination for all humanitarian actors operating in Somalia” – 567,155.90$

Somalia is one the most insecure country to operate in for NGOs. Unfortunately, aid workers have paid a high price while on duty: kidnapping, arrests, executions, crossfires, clan conflicts, among others have claimed the life of many. This poses a real challenge for the numerous International and National NGOs: how to ensure efficient relief operations while ensuring security of their staff. This situation triggered the creation of NSP (formally known as NGO Safety Preparedness and Support – SPAS) in 2004; the Somalia NGO Consortium with the backing of the European Commission and other donors embarked on developing a program that would respond to NGO security needs and therefore the creation of SPAS/ NSP.

Currently an estimated 350 NGOs are operating in Somalia. The specific objective of NSP is to ensure that NGOs operating in Somalia are receiving relevant and efficient support and preparation in terms of security. NSP cannot, for legal and practical reasons, manage NGOs security on their behalf. Notably, NSP can and has significantly improved the security of NGOs operating in Somalia by giving them - free of charge - access to security and safety services (information and analysis, trainings, crisis support, SPU coordination) they could not otherwise afford on their own in terms of budget or expertise. This project is the continuation of a previous multidonor (CHF, ECHO, DANIDA, SIDA) funded project.

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