The use of children in hostilities is not a new phenomenon. Nearly 20 years ago, the report of the expert of the Secretary-General on the impact of armed conflict on children, known as the Machel Report brought to international attention the extent and consequences of recruitment and use of children by armed forces and armed groups. Even today, the recruitment of children largely takes place in situations of conflict, though terrorist and violent extremist groups are by no means the only ones perpetrating such grave violations against children.
The involvement of terrorist and violent extremist groups entails numerous new challenges for States. First, prevention has become particularly complex, as evidenced by the innovative methods of propaganda and recruitment employed specifically by such groups. This is a primary concern to efforts to effectively tackle a security threat while, at the same time, limiting the victimization of such children. Secondly, because of their association with terrorism-related activities, which are classified in international and national law as serious offences, an increasing number of children come into contact with national authorities, in particular with justice authorities. In this context, the questions range from the applicable international legal framework to the legal status of the children and the competent authorities and procedures to deal with them. Such children are commonly regarded as a security risk and subsequently exposed to further violations of their rights.
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Due to long-standing conflict, widespread poverty and frequent drought disasters, public health and the standard of healthcare services in Somalia are among the worst in Sub-Saharan Africa. Advanced medical equipment is in short supply at the hospitals and clinics.
World Mobilization Somalia and Action Medeor in a partnership with ISIR Consulting and SOFORD have made possible the distribution of medical Supplies and equipment to reach Madina referral hospital and community clinics in Mogadishu and surrounding areas. physical health exams were also conducted by renowned physicians. The Madina hospital, one of the two largest referral hospitals in the city treats several hundred war-wounded patients and expectant mothers every month, and is focused more on trauma and emergency services. This is the second shipment of medical equipment, supplies sent by the World Mobilization Somalia to hospitals in Mogadishu.
Our efforts to support Somalia’s health system will continue. Partnership agreements with local authorities and non-governmental organizations are the primary way health services are supported in Somalia.
Our combined first-hand experience regarding Somalia’s opportunities and challenges is pooled with our immense network of regional and local contacts and an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the Somali landscape, helping turn challenges into opportunities and engaging local communities to develop home grown solutions to threats and challenges.
After more than two decades of conflict, one generation of Somalia’s children lost the opportunity for formal education and other benefits of a stable childhood. Somalia has one of the world’s lowest enrollment rates for primary school-aged children – only 30 per cent of children are in school and only 40 per cent of these are girls. Further, only 18 per cent of children in rural households are in school. Extremely high rates of poverty in communities across Somalia make it difficult for parents to afford school fees. In many areas, parents are required to pay for their children’s education, and poverty remains the main reason they give for not sending their children to school.
ISIR Consulting realizes that the future belongs to the nation that best educates its people. We therefore support a project that equips schools in Somalia with Science Lab Equipment and supplies to improve the education quality and student achievement. At ISIR Consulting, we understand the importance of having up-to-date science lab equipment supplies at schools as Science is different from any other subject and in order to understand its concepts, one has to look beyond the books and conventional classroom teaching.
Big thanks to Twins/ and Happy Hearts charities that made this project possible
ISIR Consulting provides cutting edge research solutions and in-depth analysis to our clients on diverse issues spanning the political, socio-economic and structural contexts in Somalia and the region.
This past July, we helped deliver emergency relief supplies in Mogadishu, Somalia to help Somalis suffering from the devastating drought and the subsequent famine in the country
At Isir Consulting, Innovation has been at the heart of our architecture practice from the start. With each structure, we build on a legacy of sophisticated spaces that have helped clients to foster collaboration, inspire new thinking, and drive success. Our goal is to create lasting structures that support clients today and tomorrow. We combine advanced architectural approaches and close teamwork focused on results. With architects, engineers, and clients working side by side, we create meaningful structures that transform businesses.
Rural water supply assessment in Galgaduud region - central Somalia, currently under process, has been assigned to a team of consultants. The efforts and the contributions of the team are very much appreciated. ISIR Consulting is asking all relevant organizations working in the water sector in Galgaduud region - Somalia, both from the government and the private to kindly provide information which can make the ongoing assessment process a success.
One step at a time: Government of Somalia, donor partners & UN approve 2018-2022 Joint Programs on Local Governance, delivering vital services to Somali people.
Warzone Initiatives, former Arc Solutions. Two brave friends leave for war troubled Somalia to find out what they can give to the people of Somalia. On their first trip they found out that only about 30% of the people have access to clean drinking water. They visited a school in Mogadishu that educates 1,200 kids from all ages every day, that have no clean drinking water. Once back in the US, they research what kind of water filter system could work best for this school in Somalia, so these kids have clean drinking water every day. On their 2nd trip to Mogadishu, they return with a Gravity Water Filter System and install it in just a few days.
We support public institutions, donor communities and the private sector in tackling and addressing transition and governance dilemmas, turning challenges into opportunities and engaging local communities to develop home grown solutions to threats and challenges.