Presentation on theme: "Who we are Somali Progressive Association is Charity founded in 1986. Wales Somaliland Communities Link is a project managed by the Somali Community."— Presentation transcript:
Who we are Somali Progressive Association is Charity founded in 1986. Wales Somaliland Communities Link is a project managed by the Somali Community through the Somali Progressive Association and is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government. The project is known as the Wales Somaliland Community Link
WSCL Aims Promote and arrange the linking of Welsh Communities where Somalis live with a communities in Somaliland of a similar size to tackle the MDGs Promote and arrange the linking of schools, universities (faculties) and hospitals in Wales with those in Somaliland.
WSCL Aims Promote and arrange ways in which the voluntary sector in Wales can partner with the voluntary sector in Somaliland as part of ‘Global partnership for Development’ Create a better understanding of development issues within both communities. Facilitate community cohesion through working in partnership with Agencies.
Wales Somali Community - Diaspora What is a Diaspora Community? “ A Diaspora is a self –identified ethnic group, with a specific place of origin, which has been globally dispersed through voluntary or forced migration” (Dr Steven Vertovec university of Oxford)
Wales Somali Community - Diaspora The Somali Community presence in Wales is well over a hundred years. Somali men served in World War 1 & 2 and the Falklands The Somali Communtiy previously were predominantly seaman and factory workers. The Somali Community is estimated to be over 10,000
Wales Somali Community - Diaspora The Somali Diaspora makes a major contribution to the Somali Economony and livelihoods through remittances and humanitarian assistance. The Somali Diaspora is the major investor in the country and provides 80% of the start up capital for small & medium enterprises The composition of the community have changed from predominately seamen to men and women with professional skills e.g.. Doctors, Lawyers and Community Champions
WHERE IS SOMALILAND Somaliland is about the size of England and Wales with an area of 137,600km² (68,000 sq. miles). Somaliland is situated in the Horn of Africa It shares borders with Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia
General Information Languages: Somali is the official language. English & Arabic are also widely spoken. The capital is Hargeisa with a population of 1.00 million. The other main towns are: Burao, Borama, Berbera (main port), Erigabo and Las Anod.
A Brief History Somaliland was under British rule from 1884 until June 26 th 1960. The country was then known as British Somaliland. It was a Protectorate. Independence was gained June 26 th 1960. Somaliland was admitted to the UN and was recognized by 35 countries in the first week prior to joining the former Italian Somalia on 1 st July 1960 to form the Somali Republic. No act of union signed.
A Brief History (contd.) The union between the Somalia & Somaliland did not work and led to a civil war between 1980 and ended 18 th May1991. After the collapse of the Somali Republic, the people of Somaliland decided to withdraw from the union with Somalia and reinstate Somaliland’s sovereignty. An internationally monitored referendum on the constitution confirmed the people’s wish to re-gain their independence was held 31 st May 2002.
The Economy The backbone of the economy is livestock. Remitances from Somalilanders living abroad play also a big role in the economy.
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HEALTH SITUATION IN SOMALILAND The Civil war has virtually destroyed Somaliland's infrastructure. Including the Health Institutions. Nurses, doctors and primary health workers were either killed or displaced internally or externally. Health indicators in Somaliland Somali women have one of the worlds highest Maternal Mortality rates 16 women out or every 1000 die during child birth – every year almost 4000 women die in childbirth Somali children have one of the least chances of survival – 1 in 8 babies die before the age of 1 and 1 in 5 children die before the age of five. Life expectancy is only 48 years
HEALTH SITUATION IN SOMALILAND The Civil war has virtually destroyed Somaliland's infrastructure. Including the Health Institutions. Nurses, doctors and primary health workers were either killed or displaced internally or externally. Rebuilding the Health Infrastructure Support – raising money to send to the hospitals Equipment Volunteers Medication Raising Awareness
Barriers to Linking Language / culture Security e.g. Foreign Office Advice Insurance cover and costs Visa issues for reciprocal visits Communication e.g. No postal Service Financial and Technical Issues Over stretched key staff in partner organisations
Benefits to Linking Promote understanding of different situation and challenges Create mutual learning between both countries Help communities to learn form each other Encourage awareness between different cultures Share professional experiences Contribute to Global citizenship and Interdependent Break down stereotypes Create activity within the curriculum Develop critical thinking skills Contribute to the MDGs achievements
Wales Somaliland is supported by Rt. Hon. G. Brown, MP, UK Prime Minister and Secretary Of State for Wales,Rt. Hon. Peter Haine
Rt. Hon. Mr. Michael, MP and Rt. Hon. Mr. Morgan, AM Addressing Wales SL. Conference 2008
Wales Somaliland Link Director Addressing Joint Session s of UK/Somaliland MPs in the attendances is Lord Mallac_ Brown – UK Minister for Africa
Wales Somaliland Director and Chairman with Rt. Hon. Mr. Michael,MP, Rt. Hon. Milliband, Rt. Hon. Morgan,AM and Lorrainee Barrtte,AM
Wales Somaliland Is Supported by H.E. Dahir Riyale Kahin and Rt. Hon. Abdillahi Duale, Somaliland Foreign Minister