- Human Rights/Protection; All human beings are born free and equal. We are all the same in dignity and rights and have the same rights as anyone else. This is because we are all born with the ability to think and to know right from wrong, and so we should act toward others in a spirit of friendliness. WISE initiative is to build the resilience capacity and coping mechanism of local communities, groups, to respond and address to inhuman acts and harmful practices against human rights. The primary aim of organization in engaging on human rights and protection is to reduced vulnerabilities + increased capacities=reduced risk exposure to our target beneficiaries women, girls, children and minorities. Our focus follows under the human rights fundamentals:-
- The Right to Due Process; In a broad sense, due process is interpreted here as the right to be treated fairly, efficiently and effectively by the administration of justice. The rights to due process place limitations on laws and legal proceedings, in order to guarantee fundamental fairness and justice. Due process is interpreted here as the rules administered through courts of justice in accordance with established and sanctioned legal principles and procedures, and with safeguards for the protection of individual rights
- The rights to freedom of expression;the freedom of opinion and expression and b) the freedom of conscience
- The rights to integrity: Respect for the integrity of the person requires states to protect the right to life and respect the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment
- The rights to liberty: The right to personal liberty is one of the most fundamental human rights as it affects the vital elements of an individual’s physical freedom. This chapter examines a) the right to liberty and security; b) the right to freedom from slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour; and c) the right to freedom of movement.
- The rights to privacy and family life: The right to respect for privacy mirrors the liberal concept of the individual’s freedom as a self-governing being as long as his/her actions do not interfere with the rights and freedoms of others
- The right to property: One of the more controversial and complex human rights is the right to property. The right is controversial because the very right which is seen by some as central to the human rights concept is considered by others to be an instrument for abuse, a right that protects the ‘haves’ against the ‘have-nots’
- The rights related to labor: The right to work, in a broad sense, implies the right to enter employment, and the right not to be deprived of employment unfairly. The first component encompasses the factors that come into play regarding access to work; such as education, vocational training, and unemployment levels. The latter component deals with issues regarding employment security, for instance, security from being fired unjustly
- The rights to adequate living standards:The right to an adequate standard of living requires, at a minimum, that everyone shall enjoy the necessary subsistence rights: adequate food and nutrition, clothing, housing and the necessary conditions of care when required. The essential point is that everyone shall be able, without shame and without unreasonable obstacles, to be a full participant in ordinary, everyday interaction with other people. Thus, people should be able to enjoy their basic needs in conditions of dignity. No one should have to live in conditions whereby the only way to satisfy their needs is by degrading themselves or depriving themselves of their basic freedoms, such as through begging, prostitution or forced labour.In purely material terms, an adequate standard of living implies living above the poverty line of the society concerned
- The rights to education and culture:Education is imperative to the promotion of human rights; it is both a human right in itself and an indispensable means of realising other human rights. It is the precondition for the enjoyment of many economic, social and cultural rights; for instance, the right to receive higher education on the basis of ability, the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and the right to choose work can only be exercised in a meaningful way after a minimum level of education is reached. Two major dimensions may be distinguished in the right to education: the social dimension and the freedom dimension
- The rights to participate in society:
The foundations of the right to participation are shaped by the possibility of any individual to be involved in decision-making which affects her/his interests. Everyone should be able to participate in society, to defend her/his interests, to help create a society, which also fulfils her/his interests and desires. The freedom to vote and stand for elections and the freedoms of association and assembly are the major political expressions of such participation. These rights form the bases for any representative, democratic process and active civil society, and ensure that public affairs are truly public
- The rights to equality and non –discrimination;
Any distinction, exclusion or preference made on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin, which has the effect of nullifying or impairing equality of opportunity or treatment in the employment or occupation
- Economic Recovery & development The primary purpose of Economic recovery and development (ERD) is to contribute towards economic fairness and access to sustainable livelihoods to address household food security, improve access to financial assets, micro-financing programs and credit schemes.The initiative aims at reduce extreme poverty by creating IGAs together saving model and mentorship package. These initiatives include; skills training, income generating initiatives, modern farming and irrigation technologies entrepreneurship support, cash grants and productive assets distribution
- Primary health care/reproductive care (including HIV/AIDS)
Pre-civil war era, the 1990 civil war, Somalia committed itself to improving its health services under the auspicious of the WHO (World Health Initiatives) “Health for all by the year 2000” program of primary health care. Almost all health care provided in pre-war Somalia was either heavily or completely destructed.
A large percentage of these facilities were, however, neither functional nor operated at reasonable levels, due to the emerging economic and/or security problems. Moreover, the distribution and mix of the health care facilities and programs that existed did not follow population distribution patterns. Most health facilities were concentrated in Mogadishu. These shortcomings manifested themselves in very poor health indicators. Even in the pre-war era, Somalia ranked near the bottom of the world in many basic health indicators, such as infant mortality rates and life expectancy.
Since 1990, the situation has worsened considerably in many areas, though parts of the country continue to have roughly the same (poor) access to health care as before the war. It is estimated that at least 90% of these facilities have been seriously damaged and looted. In addition, there has been a massive migration of trained health personnel both to other countries and within Somalia, to the more secure areas.
WISE will establish Community case management programs and training the traditional birth attendances (TBAs) to ensure safe delivery and basic health care for vulnerable groups particularly rural communities to reduce mortality rates through developing community based health services.
The reproductive health problems eludes thousands of east-African people, men women, youth and children suffer the consequences and dramatic impact o their economy family and social well-being care component will also focus on child spacing, prevention of HIV/AIDs as well as
Environmental health & Conservation
- The EH sector is recently established to serve the water, sanitation and hygiene needs in the IDPs camps and the rural areas. The water infrastructure developments and designs for HDWs with AFRIDEV hand pumps have already been developed together with household hygiene model. The initiative will focus on access to water within reasonable and safe distance as well as protection of water sources in child friendly manner
- The initiative aims the water and environmental related aspects development to obtain an adequate water supply by addressing issues of sanitation and hygiene through environmentally sound approaches. Our focus will focus on development strategic water sources, increased rain water harvest, reuse of waste water to reduce pressure of underground water harvest.
Education in the community since the beginning of the civil strife has abandoned and there is almost complete absence of this important tool. The war has destroyed the schools that existed. People in most community have no access to schools (education). The generation born since 1990 and their period one-two and half decade elapsed without proper education (STD 1-8 and adult education. In this case, the WISE initiative proposes to provide primary school and adult education, seek grant for scholarship for higher level of education to bright and promising Somali students to studies in school, college and universities in elsewhere in the world. WISE initiative will also support the non-learning materials such as initiatives that address the other needs that surround to one way or another to the girl child education during maturations and economic situation does not allow covering costs associated with sanitary pads for girls thus leading increased drop-out rates of girl child education
- The long term Program/Activities
WISE organization is community development Initiatives that carries out activities mentioned below with funds collected from within the NGO members and from other donors, the Initiatives did activities such as, workshops, trainings and skills training/income creation as well as rehabilitation programs.
As needs are many and diversified, Women Initiative for society empowerment will administer an integrated or multi-sectoral approach to meet the needs of the target population. The program includes the following:
- Prevention of SGBV voidance/protection of women and girls
- Emergency relief (Including temporary shelter)
- Water and Sanitation
- Primary health care (PHC), Awareness campaign against HIV Aids and
- Food security programs
- Livestock production/redistribution
- Promotion of education particularly girl child
- Women empowerment
- Conflict resolution
- Vocational Trainings/life-skill
- Capacity building
Women Initiative for society empowerment program will be implemented through the existing community Initiatives/groups/associations. Where such entities do not exist, WISE will facilitate the process of mobilizing and organizing the community for action. The community Initiatives will participate in all aspects and stages of the projects that aim at addressing their felt needs.
They can also mobilize locally available resources and contribute effectively in form of labor. WISE will provide technical support and will Endeavour to build the capacity of the local groups to become more effective and participative.
- System for Delivery of key inputs
Material and monetary inputs will be channeled through the Initiative’s chain of command. Inputs approved by the Management Committee will be delivered to the areas of operation through the Program Coordinators/executive director. PCs then deliver the inputs to the project officers who will utilize them as planned to produce desired outcome.
- Mechanism for Monitoring and Evaluation
WISE has established strong monitoring system by developing and adopting an M& E framework to ensure that the program is geared by systematic monitoring tools. This framework applies different monitoring stages where each stage there is particular staff responsible to ensure qualitative and quantitative results to ensure quality delivery
Our partners will be involved in process of monitoring exercise to develop sense of ownership of project and contribute towards the sustainability of initiative at communal level.
The reports will be compiled and feedback mechanism is established to all involved parties to share reports and other relevant correspondences produced during the monitoring
I) Self E valuation:
Continuous self-evaluation will be carried out by those involved in carrying out the activities. These include the local staff and volunteers. From time to time, they will sit together to reflect on their own progress and retrogression in relation to the pre-set objectives. They will assess their strengths and weakness using SWOT analysis tools
ii) Periodic evaluation:
Periodic evaluation will be carried out by the management including the program coordinators/executive director, project officers and representatives of the beneficiaries. This will be done on quarterly basis. Environmental impacts of each project will be carefully considered.
iii) Annual evaluation:
Annual evaluation will be carried out by independent evaluation experts to ascertain the viability and cost-effectiveness of our intervention. Lessons learn will inform our future programming to improve our approaches
- Potential for scaling up/Growth
WISE’s initiative anticipates extending its activities to other parts of Somalia. However, as we continue to expand our program to meet the varying needs of Somali people. We will ensure that we operate in line with the Mission of the Initiatives and ensure programmatic growth in gradual and smart manner. Programmatic growth can introduced within sector activities growth or by means of introducing new sectors that are relevant to needs and organization has the capacity to establish in terms of technical expertise and human resources
In the long run, the target communities will sustain the programs. We will ensure that the capacities of the local communities are built. This can be done through training and working with the local committees to develop skills in management, maintenance, administration and financial operations. Doing this, will enable the local committees/councils to sustain the programs (when donor funding is over) as they empowered to take over the management of the programs.
- Legal Status (Registration Date, Registration Number and Registration Authority):
WISE Organization is currently registered under GalMudug State of Somalia with the line ministry MOWFA, with final registration number reading: MOWFA-0021-2014.
Primary target beneficiaries
- IDPs, refugees, and returnees
- Poor urban and rural families
- Women and children
- Communities prone for conflicts
- The disadvantaged and minority groups
- Women affected by violence
- Orphaned and disabled children