The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies organized Track 2 dialogue sessions on stabilisation in Somalia in Doha, Qatar, on 25-26 October 2023. This event marked the first out of three phases of dialogue sessions. The one-year programme implemented by the Center aims at promoting stability in Somalia and includes dialogue sessions, consultation meetings, workshops, discussions, and public lectures and symposiums.
With a keen focus on supporting previous stabilisation efforts in Somalia, this two-day event provided a platform for 43 academics and experts, including 28 Somalis coming from Somalia and the diaspora, to engage in constructive discussions. Their collective efforts were dedicated to developing a forward-thinking roadmap for establishing stability in the political, social, and economic spheres in Somalia.
The dialogue sessions fostered a multi-dimensional approach in addressing Somalia's complex challenges, including the political, social, and economic aspects. The fruitful discussion produced a list of joint recommendations that laid the foundation for the next phase in dialogue. One of the points that participants agreed on is the importance of continuous dialogue that includes women and youth. Also, the fundamental and central role of clans in Somalia was highlighted with an emphasis on the importance of amplifying the positive impact of the Somalian clans to promote peacebuilding and stability in the country. Additionally, the recommendations pointed to the role of development in supporting peace process and stability in Somalia.
In his closing remarks, the Center's director, Dr. Ghassan Elkahlout, expressed his satisfaction with the outcomes of the dialogue sessions and the active and constructive participation of all attendees, and the remarkable knowledge and expertise they brought to the table.
The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) is an independent center for research and practice based in Doha, dedicated to promoting dialogue, understanding, and effective responses to the challenges of conflict and humanitarian crises. CHS recognizes the importance of creating spaces for inclusive dialogue between local communities affected by crisis to raise awareness among stakeholders. The Center reflects the value of inclusivity in all aspects of its activities, ensuring that a plurality of voices are provided platforms, in particular marginalized or excluded groups.
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