In December 2016, the Somalia NGO Consortium commissioned the development of its Strategic Plan (SP) for the period 2017 – 2019. This incorporated the Strategic Review of the previous Strategic Plan (2014 – 2016).

The strategic review took place between January and March 2017. Consultations were conducted with 31 key informants, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), with over 70 representatives of International and National/Local NGOs, who comprise internal and external stakeholders of the SNC, in Hargeisa, Garowe, Mogadishu and Nairobi. Key areas from the consultations, were developed, and 43 respondents provided feedback on the prioritization of these, in an online survey (19 International NGOs, 18 National/Local NGOs, 2 representatives from United National agencies, 2 Donors/Development partners, 1 Network/Alliance and 1 Individual). A draft Strategic Plan (SP) was formulated, based on this feedback and a strategic planning workshop, where final comments were requested on the draft SP from members, staff and representatives of all regions in Somalia and Nairobi via email, where the comments fed into the final SP document.

The Strategic plan was validated at a meeting with the SNCs Director and Steering Committee in April 2017.

This document outlines SNCs strategic themes and approaches over the next 3 years. It is anticipated that the simplicity of this format will assist the SNC to communicate its strategic ambition and role as a principled collective voice of NGOs operating in Somalia. The plan will be subsequently translated into Somali. The strategy incorporates insights and feedback from a wide consultation with stakeholders, as noted above, including: Steering Committee members, staff, donors, UN partners, INGOs, N/LNGOs, government, civil society and other coordinating fora.

It offers a flexible framework, which defines the SNC core themes of engagement in addition to its approach, providing room to further develop and operationalize specific priority areas until 2019. Due to the nature of the operating context in Somalia, and at the time of the development of this strategy, the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Somalia, this flexibility is necessary for the SNC to ensure its focus on ‘scale up’ in 2017 in response to the priority for increased coordination and a balance between a reactive vs proactive strategic focus.