The Somaliland Coalition for Democracy was formed on the initiative of the Institute for Practical Research and Training (IPRT). IPRT recognized the pressing need for stronger protection of human rights, democratic values, and press freedom in Somaliland.
IPRT reached out to leading civil society organizations in Somaliland, including the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA), the Human Rights Center (HRC), and the Hargeysa Cultural Centre. Given their expertise and dedication to promoting human rights, democracy, and press freedom, these organizations welcomed the idea of forming a coalition for collective action.
The coalition has undertaken various activities and initiatives since its formation, including:
- Capacity-building workshops and training programs on human rights, democratic values, and press freedom.
- Public awareness campaigns to educate citizens about their rights, democratic processes, and the importance of independent media.
- Engaging with policymakers and stakeholders to influence policies and legislation protecting human rights, democracy, and press freedom.
The Somaliland Coalition for Democracy is grateful for funding support received from the US-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED). This financial assistance has empowered the coalition's work, allowing activities to be carried out effectively and sustainably. NED's funding has helped the coalition make a lasting impact.
The formation of the Somaliland Democracy Coalition through collaboration between IPRT, SOLJA, HRC, and Hargeisa Cultural Centre has been vital. Coalition efforts, supported by NED funding, have achieved significant results in fostering human rights, democratic values, and press freedom in Somaliland. The coalition remains committed to its objectives and will continue working to strengthen the protection of rights and democratic processes in Somaliland.