SONSAF was established in 2008 to ensure that the voices of ordinary Somalilanders are heard by governments and other international institutions who are responsible for policy in Somaliland. We provide a focal point and representative forum for non-state actors which is based on the following principles:
Remembering: That the provision of Article 6 of Cotonou agreement is to support economic and technical assistance, for non-state actors and increasing investment in Somaliland
Recognising: That, the Cotonou Agreement is development cooperation, trade and policy dialogue.
Recognising: The non-state actor forum was established as a means of providing space and structure for policy dialogue between Cotonou stakeholders. The initial project was on creating a legitimate and representative non-state actor forum with an agreed mandate and constitution.
Recalling: That the formation of non-state actors in Somaliland was started in 2004, experience has been gained during the process of the non-state actors.
Agreed: To comply with the Agreement provisions regarding non-state actors participation to EC operations in African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
Realising the united front of Somaliland non-state actors shall contribute to the overall development, peace and economic strategies in Somaliland.
Appreciating: The supportive role provided to Somaliland non-state actors by the European Commission through the non-state actor platform, the Saferworld, Academy for Peace and Development and the non-state actor platform member organisations and their working group.
Realising: That non-state actors with necessary capacity can bring needs, development and economic growth through policy dialogues.
Realising: We the Somaliland non-state actors member organisations have this day on 28 July 2008 resolved to form a forum by the name Somaliland Non- State Actors Forum abbreviated henceforth to SONSAF.
Believing: That non-state actors can play an exceptional role in the policy dialogue processes and decisions-making to bring about the peace, development and security of Somaliland.
Somaliland Non- State
Actors Forum (SONSAF) was leading subsequent policy interventions in the areas
of the extractive industries, these policy interventions aimed at promoting
good governance and regular citizens’ participation in policy and
The initiative of SONSAF
on the national extractive sector commenced in 2013, since then, SONSAF successfully
hosted four forums on national extractive sector including this