Local ownership first: For peace to be sustained it has to be home-grown, bottom-up and context-specific. The Stability Fund will avoid investments which impose external solutions. It will create the space for communities to develop capacities to organise themselves and resolve their own problems.
Building capacity through implementation: The vast majority of international assistance to Somalia is currently channelled through international organisations. Yet domestic Somali institutions (formal and informal) are often best placed to design and implement programmes which meet the needs of the population. Wherever possible the Stability Fund will implement directly through Somali organisations, using graduated funding to allow direct institutional/ organisational support. It is also open to other ways of building capacity, including technical assistance and partnership with established international organisations
Attention to marginalised and vulnerable groups: The Stability Fund will support interventions that engage marginalised and vulnerable groups in realising its objectives.