Needless to say, humanitarian settings do better when working mutually in partnership with other local or international actors sharing knowledge, skills, experiences & resources whether human and material.
As a member of the broader humanitarian community, CED work entails building partnerships with different stakeholders who include communities, other humanitarian organizations and local administration structures. In addition, strategic partnerships have been established with donors who include the European Union (EU), Somalia Stability Fund (SSF) and United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) to ensure a broad based resource mobilization efforts that is directed in civic education, human rights, access to justice, good governance, democratization, youth and women empowerment programmes.
Partnership with communities have been specifically planned to achieve long -term sustainability of programs by ensuring incorporation of their needs in all planned activities. This is especially so among women who often have had ‘their needs represented by men’ during assessments. This is being changed by ensuring that their voices are heard appropriately through direct engagement with women and youth. This has entailed breaking the social and cultural barrier only made possible by CED’s good relations with the communities. CED works closely with a number of United Nations agencies and other International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) working in or for Somalia. These include, but not limited to: FAO, UNHCR, WFP, UNDP, UNOCHA, UNICEF, United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), CARE International, SIDA, Somalia Stability Fund (SSF), European Union, Oxfam (Novib) and its affiliates from Oxfam International, e.g. Oxfam great Britain, Oxfam Hong-Kong, Oxfam Quebec amongst others and the Ministry of Foreign affairs of the Netherlands