is committed to promoting consensus decision-making at the policy
and community level by encouraging and supporting the participation
of citizens in the affairs affecting their lives. The goal of CRD
is to empower Somali communities’ transition to peaceful change
by proving them with a neutral venue to identify their issues and
set priorities for response.
Centre for Research & Dialogue (CRD) is an independent
not-for-profit corporation aimed to promote the social, economic
& political rebuilding of Somalia.
Centre utilises Participatory Research as a means to facilitate
processes of dialogue, consensus building, policy development
and institutional capacity building at the national and local
is an affiliate of War-torn
Societies Project International whose Somali program is designed
to assist local and national actors as well as the international
community in responding more affectively to the challenges of overcoming
conflict, preventing its re-occurrence and building a lasting peace
in Somalia. It does so by employing an approach that (1) embraces
the value of democracy, peaceful change and consensus; (2) is participatory,
research based, and flexible; and (3) aims at result that are macro-oriented,
and consensus-built policy.
program brings together actors form local and international institutions,
civil society groups, private sector, community leaders, local and
international NGOs, and external assistance partners in a consensus-based
process for the identification and prioritisation of reconstruction
and development need, action-oriented research and problem solving,
and development of recommendations for improved policy and practices.
Center also provides a neutral forum for dialogue and to create
opportunities to discuss and address development & reconstruction
issues of common concern to the Somali Society.
To provide a neutral forum for dialogue and to create the opportunity
to discuss and address development & reconstruction issues of
common concern to the Somali Society.
To facilitate the process to collectively identify, set priorities
and formulate policy options for the challenges of development,
rehabilitation and rebuilding local communities and national institutions
· To assist
key stakeholders including; Somali Government, International Community,
Donor Agencies, and local actors to better respond to the challenges
of re-building the nation by providing with relevant information
on critical issues, seeking consensus on their intervention and
facilitating their responses and efforts.
· To develop
the capacity for independent analysis & research capability
that can be utilized by organizations and institutions engaged in
the post-conflict reconstruction & development of the Country.
To provide direct consultancy on business investment, risk analysis,
human resources management and strategic planning to assist organizations
meet present challenges and help plan for the future.
· To organize
seminars, conferences and specialized training on various topics
to the Somali professionals and individuals to raise their awareness
and understanding. Specific topics of relevance to the present Somali
situation include; Human Rights, Governance & Democratic Development.
· To enhance
the capacity of Somali Professionals by providing them with the
necessary resources and facilities.
· To promote
peace-building and social justice through strengthening the role
of local authorities, civil society organization and traditional
authorities in the Peace building
people with the skills they need to work through their own conflicts.
Services offered include; reconciliation, facilitation of public
dialogue, Inter-personal and group mediations, direct negotiation
of political leaders.
periodic and informal mediation efforts at local levels. Through
these engagements, new ideas and concepts emerge that are utilized
in the national peace reconciliation efforts. In addition, the Center
facilities a private dialogues and informal meetings between specific
actors who can potentially escalate local and regional conflicts.
seeks to bridge existing gaps between civil society members and
political leaders in order to avoid misperceptions and a possible
escalation of conflicts.
the collapse of National institutions along with the role of professionals,
CRD/WSP has brought either highly qualified Somali intellectuals
to lead the programs & activities of the Center or provide capacity-building
trainings to potential candidates. Centre also utilized the expertise
of the Somalis in the Diaspora by encouraging them to participate
in the Somali Rebuilding Process.
developed a close partnership with international and local organizations
as well as higher education institutions. The centre has implemented
number of research projects and programs in partnership with number
of international Institutions including; World Bank, United Nations
Development Program (UNDP), UN Habitat, European Commissions, UNICEF,
UNIFEM and others.
International employs a unique variant of Participatory Action research
(PAR) methodology. Researchers and social actors join forces in
collective research and analysis forming a true partnership. The
social actors contribute their knowledge of the issues at stake
and the researchers help systematize this knowledge, carry out targeted
investigations to complete it, and lead the collective analysis
exercise. Social actors, who traditionally are the objects of research,
become - at the same time - the active subjects of research.
methodology is designed to produce results in different domains
Research and analysis: The Participatory Action
Research methodology is the main approach in which dialogue and
research are used together to help participants identify options
for policy formulation and priority setting.
and conflict prevention: The research team promotes and
mediates dialogue, building consensus among the main actors involved
in post-conflict rebuilding through regular meetings in a neutral
governance: The bottom-up strategy encourages an inclusive
approach to problem solving without directly challenging established
power relations, ensuring the participation of a broad cross-section
of society in the articulation of political, economic and social
priorities and in subsequent discussions on related policy issues
and local community levels.
and coordination: International and national assistance
organizations agencies are offered a window through which they could
evaluate the impact and acceptance of their programmers and the
extent to which their programs correspond to local priorities.
in conflict, particularly, protagonists/opposing groups need desperately
a space where they can communicate with each other. CRD by employing
WSP International PAR Methodology has created such a desired space.
The center organizes public forums where important issues are raised
and discussed freely. These forums support the process of managing
political forces and the dynamics on the ground
CRD is an affiliate of WSP
International, a Geneva based International organization. Working
in close partnership with the United Nations, WSP International
seeks to facilitate the active involvement of local, national, and
international actors in ongoing collective dialogue and research
that allows societies emerging from conflict to better respond to
the challenges of social, economic and political rehabilitation.
With its secretariat in Geneva and supported by a number of bilateral
and multilateral donors and aid agencies, WSP International works
in the Horn of Africa, Guatemala, Macedonia, Mozambique, Rwanda
and Somalia (Puntland, Somaliland and Mogadishu).