DDG has worked in the Somali context since 1999. Since 2008 DDG’s programme has focused on supporting local communities and district authorities to address public security and peacebuilding issues. This initiative has so far reached 200 communities through funding from the governments of Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom; the United Nations, the Somalia Stability Fund and the European Union.
“We finally realized that we can’t talk about community and the police because the police are part of the community too.”
CPDC member, Jowhar, 05/2018
In the DFID-funded, UNOPS managed Security Sector and Justice Programme (SSJP) programme DDG has enabled the development of Community Police Dialogue and Cooperation (CPDC) forums in 10 districts in order to build trust between the police and communities, promote collaboration and improve community safety. CPDC committees comprised community members, police officers and other relevant stakeholders who meet to regularly discuss and debate issues related to the safety and security of communities, with the aim of mapping key concerns and needs and developing a plan for addressing these concerns.
CPDC committees support the bottom-up development of a police identity that will constantly be shaped and negotiated by the served communities.