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Strengthening Somalia’s National Security Architecture

Improving the Lives of Somali Citizens Through Strengthening the Nation’s Security Architecture

Somalia is one of the world’s most fragile states. Despite the progress made in Somalia in recent years, challenges persist in community engagement with the government, endemic violence, humanitarian crisis, poor infrastructure and basic service provision 

The Project/what we are doing about this challenge:

Strengthening Somalia’s National Security Architecture (SSNSA), financed by the UK Conflict Security and Stability Fund (CSSF), is providing technical advice to the Federal Government of Somalia to strengthen their capacity to lead on security sector reform priorities and fulfil their mandate to Somali citizens. 

Adam Smith International is responsible for managing the delivery of the project in Mogadishu and ensuring high-quality technical advice to meet identified needs. 

The project aims to support Somali leadership on security reform and transition.

Project Info

Strengthening Somalia’s National Security Architecture


  • 2016 - 2024


What the project has achieved so far:

  • The project supported the development and delivery of the Somalia Transition Plan (2021) and is supporting its subsequent implementation (2021- to date).
  • Supported the negotiations and agreement between the African Union (AU) and the Federal Government of Somalia, leading to a new transition mission, the AU Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and drawdown plans. 
  • Supporting the revision and subsequent implementation of the National Security Architecture, including the development of legislation/legislative framework necessary for the implementation of the National Security Architecture. 
  • Strengthening the capacity of key security institutions through the development of strategic documents that will inform future priorities and engagement with key SSR stakeholders (strategic plans, capacity building plans, training architecture) 
  • As part of its work with women in the security sector to understand the challenges in gender and social inclusion through their lived experiences, the project held a round table meeting between the UK Ambassador to Somalia and women in security to provide shared recommendations for an inclusive security sector.

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