The Somali Centre for Social and Economic Empowerment
The Centre for Social and Economic Empowerment (CSEE) is a non-profit research and advocacy initiative, which relentlessly works to advance the social and economic development of Somalia and the Somali people. In pursuing this core objective, CSEE seeks to push for a new era of independence and self-determination on the part of the Somali people. At the same time, CSEE strives to give voice to causes that empower those who are marginalised within Somali Society. CSEE seeks to achieve these aims by:
- working closely with various stakeholders within Somali society
- influencing the policymaking processes within Somalia
- generating insights on critical issues of local and national importance
- disseminating knowledge and insights to all levels of Somali society and to the wider world
Research and Policy Analysis
In light of the evolving nature of the need of the Somali people, CSEE has a pragmatic and comprehensive research agenda. At the heart of this research agenda is the need for an on-going public consultation with various stakeholders within and outside Somalia whilst fostering dialogue and civic engagement.
- Formal and informal education
- Good governance, policies and institutions
- Health, social exclusion and gender
- Food security, climate change and the environment
- Private sector dynamics, SMEs and infrastructure
- Macroeconomic policy analyses
- Agriculture and Rural Development
- Conflict resolution and peacebuilding
Activism, advocacy and civic engagement
In order to advance specific causes, CSEE embraces a programme of policy activism that is informed by rigorous and high quality research and policy analysis. It collaborates with various stakeholders to achieve its primary objectives, particularly in relation to the advancement of social and economic issues within Somalia. CSEE attempts to influence public opinion and policy-makers alike in order to foster a culture of public debate and dialogue.
CSEE intends to galvanise the Somali people through series of public consultations called the National Consultative Forum (NCF). The outcome of these consultations will be a new ‘Somali Charter’, which will contain the aspirations and wishes of the Somali people. CSEE will then adopt this new ‘Somali Charter’ as a Policy Initiative. It will attempt to feed these into the policy-making processes at every level so as to ensure that the voice of the Somali people is heard.
Communication and outreach
CSEE has activist communication strategy. In particular, it intends to disseminate all its activities and research output via outlets such as in-house publications, op-eds, articles, commentaries and public lectures. As a grassroots organisation, CSEE seeks to connect with all those interested in its aims and activities via social media, a monthly newsletter and e-alerts. Selected events and programmes will be livestreamed and then made available through the CSEE website and YouTube.
Publications and outreach
CSEE will maintain volumes of contemporary work, including books, monographs, working and discussion papers, reports and policy briefs. Hard copies of some of these publications will be made available for sale for a nominal sum of money. Digital copies of all the above outputs will be made available on the organisation’s website for free.
Influencing the policymaking processes
Through our highly qualified and dedicated researchers, CSEE seeks to influence public discourse and debate through sound and critical analyses. In particular, we will engage with the print and electronic media, take part in public discussions and present our ideas and initiatives to relevant stakeholders. By doing these activities, we will attempt to influence the policymaking processes by generating research-informed inputs.
Capacity building for informed citizens and for better policies
CSEE will organise research-related capacity building/ training courses and workshops on significant local and national policy issues. These will benefit young researchers, policymakers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, journalists, academics, and those from the wider civil society, including other organisations and associations.
CSEE generates most of its funding through demand-driven research proposals and building a track record of successful projects. Occasionally, we may seek financial support from various sources, including from our members, in order to implement specific studies and research programmes.
CSEE in turn funds various causes within its remit, particularly programmes that empower Somali women.