Project Decription Save the Children and infoasaid pilot project in Bossaso Somalia

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In January 2012, a pilot communication project was implemented with Save the Children in Somalia aimed at enhancing dialogue with IDPs and host communities, as well as improving access to timely, relevant, and practical information was implemented.
The project involved: enhancing the role of community mobilisers through the introduction of systematic feedback forms and the dissemination of coordinated key messages, the establishment of a staffed hotline for IDPs, the sponsorship of a weekly interactive radio programme and the creation of women's listening groups.

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Project Decription Save the Children and infoasaid pilot project in Bossaso Somalia

  1. 1. Save the Children project Puntland, Somaliahttp://www.infoasaid.org
  2. 2. Bossasso, Somalia Source: http://www.openstreetmap.org/ Source: http://www.openstreetmap.org/ Source: http://www.openstreetmap.org/ Source: http://www.openstreetmap.org/
  3. 3. Situation Analysis• Save the Children Somalia (SCiSOM) has worked in Puntland since 2005.• Due to the relative stability and peace in north eastern Somalia, a large number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have settled in and around major towns in Puntland, namely north Galkayo, Garowe, Qardho and Bossasso.• SCiSOM assists beneficiaries living in IDP settlements and host communities in Bossasso with health, WASH and nutrition programmes for young children and pregnant and lactating women. infoasaid for Save the Children – October 2012
  4. 4. A Save the Children supported health clinic inBalade IDP camp on the outskirts of Bossasso. Photo: Miranda Eeles/infoasaid
  5. 5. Mothers waiting to get their children assessed at a Save theChildren supported nutrition centre in Bossasso. Photo: Miranda Eeles/infoasaid
  6. 6. Staff at a Save the Children supported Health centre inBossasso attending to a mother who’s child is malnourished. Photo: Miranda Eeles/infoasaid
  7. 7. Communication Challenges• Community mobilisers were employed to disseminate information and raise awareness about SCiSOM’s programmes in IDP camps. However, programmes operated in silos and there was little coordination regarding key messages to disseminate.• Most information was exchanged in face-to-face meetings with little use of mass media.• SCiSOM did not have any systematic feedback systems in place.• Radio ownership rates were very low for women in the IDP camps. infoasaid for Save the Children – October 2012
  8. 8. Proposed Project• Overall goal: o To improve the quality (relevance/appropriateness, coverage, efficiency and effectiveness) of Save the Children’s humanitarian assistance in Somalia.• Three objectives: 1. To provide IDPs with timely, relevant and practical information via a weekly interactive radio programme. 2. To improve engagement with communities by enhancing the role of community mobilisers with systematic feedback forms and the dissemination of coordinated key messages. 3. To enable IDPs to communicate directly with SCiSom via a hotline. infoasaid for Save the Children – October 2012
  9. 9. Proposed Project• Three interventions: 1. Enhanced role of community health workers with improved coordination, training in key message development, and systematic use of feedback forms. 2. Sponsorship of a weekly 30-minute magazine and phone-in programme for women related to health, nutrition and child welfare. 3. Creation of a staffed hotline providing advice and information on nutrition and maternal and child health issues for IDPs. infoasaid for Save the Children – October 2012
  10. 10. Proposed Project• Seven activities: 1. Recruitment of a communication officer responsible for implementing the pilot. 2. Sponsorship of a weekly interactive radio programme on Daljir FM. 3. Distribution of 150 radios to women’s groups in IDP camps. 4. Establishment of a telephone hotline providing information on maternal and child health and nutrition issues for IDPs. 5. Training of staff responsible for manning hotline and publicize number widely in target areas. 6. Design of feedback forms and training of community mobilizers. 7. Capture of learning from pilot project. infoasaid for Save the Children – October 2012
  11. 11. Ferdosa Abdi Mohamad, a refugee from Ethiopia,sits on the Balade Camp Committee. She says veryfew households in the camp have access to a radio. Photo: Miranda Eeles/infoasaid
  12. 12. Expected Outcomes• Greater coordination and dissemination of key messages by SCiSOM’s community mobilisers to IDP communities.• SCiSOM responds faster to emerging problems due to improved two-way information flows.• Women in IDP camps are better informed about health and nutrition issues.• Women in IDP camps feel they are able to communicate their questions, concerns or complaints to SCiSOM. infoasaid for Save the Children – October 2012
  13. 13. Timeframe October 2011 Jan 2012 Sept 2012 Nov 2012 infoasaidScoping trip Training SCiCOM infoasaid Implementation Accountability Review Assessment infoasaid for Save the Children – October 2012
  14. 14. Thank you for your attention ! International Rescue Committee, Somalia ActionAid in Isiolo, KenyaRead More Save the Children in Wajir, Kenya World Vision in Voi, Kenya http://www.infoasaid.org

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