Somalia is a country torn apart by more than two decades of civil war and intervention by various groups, a process that has destroyed infrastructure facilities, social fabrics, and judicial and public institutions through an extended period of anarchy and lawlessness. Even though the transitional Somalia government was established more than 2 years ago, it remain very weak and has little influence outside the capital. The absence of these institutions makes the central government unable to extend and restore its influence throughout the country, a problem that also compounds the challenges to restoring peace and stability in the region. It is vital to build credible, transparent, dependable and participatory institutions that establish efficient governance, public administration, and judicial oversight. Without a strong public sector, anarchy and civil war will rule, stamping out the possibility for achieving peace, stability and sustainable development.

A solid governance infrastructure, based on well-articulated horizontal and vertical divisions of power, is crucial to delivering political promises along with the needed public goods such as human security, health care, education, and infrastructure. Nation-building is the central objective of every peace-building operation and is dependent upon the reconstitution of sustainable governance structures. Post-conflict nation-building comprises, at minimum: the rule of law; judicial, constitutional and security sector reform; the establishment of mechanisms of political participation and inclusive policies; the effective provision of basic services and goods; fighting corruption; fostering a democratic culture; free and transparent elections; and the promotion of local governance.

One of the missions of the Somalia Strategy Forum is to support the process of good governance by acting as a liaison between different parties, such as the government, the international community, the local community, public leaders, and the Somali diaspora in North America, and to guide these groups in institution building, rule of law, economic development, and peace building. The Somalia Strategy Forum will work with existing tribal and religious communities, the diaspora, and the local government to develop a unique strategy that stabilizes and democratizes Somalia.

The Somalia Strategy Forum will focus its capacity building activities on human security, health care, education, and infrastructure development. Key partners will be international organizations, the national government, and the local community. The Somalia Strategy Forum will develop best practice solutions by combining the past experience of other countries with special consideration for the Somalia's unique demographics and challenges.

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