This month’s Newsletter continues the theme of local ownership, bringing together three very different examples of how the Stability Fund is working hard to put Somali priorities and decision-making at the heart of what we do.

 ‘Local ownership’ has long been a mainstay of development jargon but, done right, it enables governments and communities alike to address the challenges they face, ensuring solutions respond in the best way to local needs, and that local people have a stake in their success.

In his third anniversary speech in September President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud spoke about the strength of the Somali people, “in their persistence and business acumen, in resilience and in their self-belief” and the need to harness these strengths to build the Somali nation.

The examples which follow show how the Stability Fund is seeking to do just that – whether through our support to Jubbaland to rehabilitate government buildings; our partnership with BBC Media Action to give Somali youth their say on the issues affecting them; and our work with the Somali Women Studies Centre to help Somali women to build their leadership skills and enhance their participation in public life.