|Overview : |
In line with the FGS National Development Plan (NDP), the Reconciliation and Federalism Support (REFS) project contributes to the goal of Inclusive Politics targeting to: “Achieve a stable and peaceful federal Somalia through inclusive political processes and effective decentralization”. The Project also has direct thematic linkages with Inclusive Politics Roadmap (2017-2020) with 20 out of total 70 milestones shaping the scope of work of the REFS project. Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) also guides the role of REFS.
The REFS project is aimed at institutional capacity building of the relevant line-ministries and departments at both FGS and FMS levels; involving civil society, academia, media and think thanks in developing and implementing context-sensitive programmatic interventions; and strengthening and deepening the processes of reconciliation and federalization in Somalia. Since 2019, the project is specifically providing strategic, institutional, technical and operational support/assistance to the eight FGS/FMS counterparts in Somalia.
The REFS project is engaged in supporting the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Federal Member States (FMS) to implement their chosen method of State Administration and Federalism process through need-based political settlement, boundary delimitation and multi-pronged reconciliation processes. The project is aimed to consolidate State-formation efforts towards building and harmonizing the emerging federal system in the FGS and the FMSs, ensuring alignment with the objectives of the New Partnership for Somalia (NPS) and the NDP. More importantly, the Project is aimed to support the different levels of government to establish requisite administrative machinery geared towards the improved service delivery to the Somali people.