Background

The Civil Society Governance and Democratization National Forum is the continuation of the Somaliland Civil Society Election Forum (SCISEF) which was working on the voter registration process and presidential elections from 2015-2017 and this new civil society forum will have similar agenda of promoting civic engagement and creating a neutral venue for the policy dialogue on governance and democratization process included parliamentary and local council elections.

 This forum will have also some interventions on promoting accountability of the state institutions and to encourage the state institutions that the principles of good governance should be a state centric approach in order to improve the capacity and effective public policies of the state institutions by referring the SDG16+ which is” Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” SONSAF model of policy advocacy is based on coalition building, participatory and inclusive where all actors both domestic and international actors are allowed to participate the policy dialogue forums.