Women’s and men’s equal participation in governance processes and the decisions that affect their lives are vital for achieving inclusive and effective governance system in Somalia. Puntland, an autonomous state under Federal Republic of Somalia has 53 districts which all are required to have local councils to represent the community as the legislative body of their respective district.

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The past ten years have seen a revolution in the ways in which people access, consume and share information. The Internet is now within the reach of more than 1 million in Puntland and an increasing number of them are now turning to social media platforms as a key source for the latest news and information, sharing and exchanging vital issues regarding the country’s political process, the social services and the demand of greater accountability and transparency from the government.

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Meaningful democracy requires the meaningful participation of youth. Young people have much to offer societies – from innovation to creativity to new thinking. Their participation in democracy promotes active citizenship, strengthens social responsibility and can enhance democratic processes and institutions. Yet young people’s engagement with democracy faces significant challenges – threatening the ongoing political transformation in Somalia.

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About 55% of the Somali population is believed to be rural community and their participation in the country’s matters is limited and have no say in the country’s political process as well as the processes of development of plans or policies affecting them. The marginalisation of rural community in participation will be a big challenge and will a setback for initiatives of cutting poverty rate.

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