Very few laws or regulations exist to support employment and livelihoods in Somalia. Upon the request of the Benadir Regional Administration, and under their direct guidance, the Sustainable Employment Creation and Improved Livelihoods for Vulnerable Urban Communities in Mogadishu (SECIL) Project has developed an interim legal framework to provide legal backing for SECIL activities as well as those of the regional authorities and national government. The framework was developed through close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Mayor and Vice-mayor of Mogadishu; the President’s Office; the Prime Minister’s Office; the Ministries of Justice, Public Works, and Natural Resources; technical experts in urban planning, engineering, and law; and representatives from civil society.
The stakeholders agreed on five priority components that support SECIL’s main aims (employment generation and improved livelihoods in Mogadishu):
- Investment, business, and employment law
- Urban services and standards law
- Good governance laws and rights
- Building regulations
- Civil society and professional associations law
These five legal instruments present a sound legal framework that strengthens investment, business, and employment law and enables the regional administration to apply and enforce laws that positively influence investment and development in the Benadir Region. A validation workshop conducted in Mogadishu on 28 August with a range of stakeholders formalized the content of the laws and increased ownership of the documents. During this meeting, the legal instruments were approved and ratified by all the stakeholders present.
Mohamed Ahmed Nur, the Mayor of Mogadishu, approved the interim legal framework on 31 September, and the Benadir Regional Administration has committed itself to developing a strategy for the implementation and enforcement of these laws, as well as comprehensive awareness-raising campaigns to be conducted throughout the Benadir Region.
The ratification and endorsement of this new legal framework increases the accessibility of the laws and ensures that they are equitable and benefit the general populace. The participatory approach adopted throughout the development of these laws has increased ownership and acceptance, allowing these basic principles to serve as a springboard for the establishment of further national-level laws and regulations.