Somaliland Non State Actors Forum (SONSAF) was founded in 2005 by business groups, traditional leaders, professional associations, religious leaders and civil society organizations to enhance development process through better coordination and networking amongst non-state actors: SONSAF was officially registered in 2008.
SONSAF’s mandate is to strengthen the voice of non-state actors and to enable them by engaging them in domestic and international policy dialogue activities. As a non-state actor, SONSAF doesn’t have direct influence or administration of the state organs. It is solely concerned about advancing the voice of the non-state actors.
SONSAF envisions effective development, cooperation, trade, and policy dialogue (locally and internationally).
SONSAF’s mission is to engage NSAs by improving their capacity to enable them to have space in policy dialogue activities aimed at formulating appropriate and sustainable development programs.
- Regular policy dialogue, advocacy, and awareness raising activities in place; the process of human transformation, rule of law, democratization activities, political party system and successive leadership are taking place.
- The NSA platform capacity strengthened in the areas of organizational management; financial accountability; planning; ICT; networking and representative structures.
- Effective networking, representation and coordination among all NSA stakeholders, non-state actors, and other institutions of concern have been established and put in place.
- NSAs initiated consultations with donors, government and communities on development strategies, community support programs, and policy dialogue.