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Our Program and Thematic Focus


CAN has the following five core progammes or thematic focus areas which help us to fulfill our organizational mission

 

- Livelihoods and food security
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
- Education and Youth
- Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
- Communication for Development

 

Collaboration and Partnership

 

We have put effort into networking and working in collaboration with others. We have made partnerships with number of local and international organisations based in the Africa and globally. CAN has with partnered with a number of organisations to develop innovative actions and community-level projects. CAN have partnered with UNSOM, HOPE International, CFLI Canadian Embassy, Intermediaries Development Consultants (iDC), LCPI, Kenya, is a co-applicant for UNDP- Somalia’s Programmatic review and Country Context Analysis in Gender call for proposal with CLIC (Canadian Leadership in International Consulting Inc). CAN is also a member of a WASH Support Group consisting of local NGOs, INGOs and Donors discussion on alternative channels and approaches to support the inaccessible and the excluded communities and households in South Central Somalia. The group is led by Centre for Humanitarian Change(CHC).

 

 

Collaboration and Partnership

 

We have put effort into networking and working in collaboration with others. We have made partnerships with number of local and international organisations based in the Africa and globally. CAN has with partnered with a number of organisations to develop innovative actions and community-level projects. CAN have partnered with UNSOM, HOPE International, CFLI Canadian Embassy, Intermediaries Development Consultants (iDC), LCPI, Kenya, is a co-applicant for UNDP- Somalia’s Programmatic review and Country Context Analysis in Gender call for proposal with CLIC (Canadian Leadership in International Consulting Inc). CAN is also a member of a WASH Support Group consisting of local NGOs, INGOs and Donors discussion on alternative channels and approaches to support the inaccessible and the excluded communities and households in South Central Somalia. The group is led by Centre for Humanitarian Change(CHC).

 

Our Methodology and Approach

 

CAN’s underlying approach is built upon understanding the context/local dynamics, ongoing consultation with key stakeholders, meaningful involvement and participation of communities, civil society, inclusion and non-discrimination, transparency and information, pragmatism and flexibility, cooperation and coordination. We use the following approaches.

Conflict sensitivity: Conflict sensitivity is a tool to understand the context in which an organisation is operating, the interaction between the intervention and that context and to act upon that understanding, in order to avoid negative impacts and maximize positive impacts on the context.
Advocacy for Peacebuilding: The component seeks to raise pertinent policy issues with relevant local, regional, national and international authorities.
Community support and engagement: This approach focuses on promoting and supporting local ownership of project activities by ensuring participation and representation of communities at every stage programming to ensure effectiveness and sustainability of activities.
Participatory approaches: Participation is a central approach to our work, with a wide range of relevant stakeholders engaged in the full project cycle of planning implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning.

 

We believe, it is when meaningful partnerships are forged, from the donors to one end all the way to the local change agents in the field at the other that results can be achieved.

 

 

Our Projects and Programmes

 

Project Title

Research Paper - Business-Led Peacebuilding in Somalia: Opportunities and Challenges

Country

Somalia.

Name of Organization

Creative Alternatives Now (CAN)

Dates

March 2017 - Ongoing

Donor

United Nation Mission for Somalia (UNSOM)

Description of Project

The scope of the research paper is to provide insights about the business practices that support the peace and reconciliation process and recommend practical actions that can improve the prospects of sustainable peace in Somalia. The study will analyze the role and activities of local business organization and how they affect conditions of peace and reconciliation and how they can be supported to strengthen these conditions, the briefing paper will introduce the missing dimension in the policy and action related to the peace and reconciliation in Somalia.

Services Provided

Briefing Paper to the UN Initiative on Peace and Reconciliation in Somalia Framework for Research and Analysis funded by UN Mission for Somalia (UNSOM).

 

 

 

 

 

Project Title

Creative Space for Community Dialogue.

Country

Kenya. Location: Kisumu County

Name of Organization

Creative Alternatives Now (CAN)

Dates

June 2016 - Ongoing

Donor

Supported by Community mobilisation for Positive Empowerment (CMPE), Kenya.

Description of Project

The purpose of the project activity is to create space for community conversation and dialogue.  Community Conversation is a facilitated community dialogue where members of a community come together and discuss the causes of their vulnerability, arrive at resolutions and plan for and implement actions to change their situation. It is a process that enables people to think through their behaviour and values, identifying how these affect them and other community members. Communities then collectively identify changes that they need to introduce into their value system. CAN has carried out so far 6 Community Conversations activities creating space for mutual learning, reflection, planning and action.

Services Provided

6 Community Dialogue process carried out in Kisumu town using circle process tools.

 

 


 

Project Title

Action Research: Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP)

Country

Kenya. Location: Dadaab Refugee Camp

Name of Organization

Creative Alternatives Now (CAN)

Dates

June 2013 - July 2015

Donor

In Collaboration with LCPI.  Funded by Windle Trust Kenya

Description of Project

CAN and Local Capacity for Peace International (LCPI) jointly carried out action research study in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya looking at status of education, particular girls’ education in the refugee settlement. This study was assessing the Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) delivered by World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Windle Trust Kenya (WTK) funded by UKAid (British Department for International Development). The aim of the action research was to improve the enrolment, attendance and retention rates for marginalized girls in 89 schools across targeted communities.  CAN and LCPI jointly developed and undertook baseline qualitative and qualitative date collection using KII, FDG as well as tracking evidence on both process and outcome indicators, and integrating gender sensitivity principles into the analysis 

Services Provided

Action research analysis using participatory research methodology tools such as FDG, KII and Most Significant Change technique collecting stories of beneficiaries. 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Title

Sports4Peace Project: Connecting with youth in Mogadishu, Somalia

Country

Somalia. Location: Mogadishu.

Name of Organization

Creative Alternatives Now (CAN)

Dates

January 2013 – March 2014

Donor

Funded by CFLI Canadian Embassy

Description of Project

The purpose was to contribute to the achievement of lasting peace, security, and stability in Mogadishu through targeting youth in urban and semi-urban communities. The project included activities to engage Somali youth in sports activities as well as peace education that present and promote peaceful alternatives to violence.

The project create a platform for youth engagement by sponsoring the creation of structures for managing sport at grass roots levels. This involved formation of teams and competitions for various age groups. Male youth in particular, who are very vulnerable to being lured to join the militias, were offered opportunities to engage in soccer as an alternative occupation.
Youth were also supported to actively resist incitements to violence; and collectively engaging in participatory advocacy efforts for peace at the community and neighborhood level

Services Provided

Skill training, community conversation/dialogue process, mentoring and creational activities such as sports.

 

 

 

 

Project Title

Community Dialogue and Providing Clean Water linking to with conflict and peacebuilding activities

Country

Somalia

Name of Organization

Creative Alternatives Now (CAN)

Dates

December 2013 – June 2015

Donor

Funded by HOPE International

Description of Project

Drilling Borehole and installing a related water system to enhance the benefits of clean water for 200 families in an IDP camp and camp’s host community: including providing training to the water committees in technical maintenance of the Borehole, improving basic health and hygiene education to the community.
CAN have used community dialogue to promote safe and secure communities by providing a safe space to enhance inter-community interactions and collaboration to diffuse any existing tensions as the community shared common resources.

Services Provided

Drilling Borehole and installing a related water system. Capacity Building: Water management, water technical maintenance and community dialogue process

 

 

 

Project Title

ZONA K Relief Distribution-Phase I to III

Country

Creative Alternatives Now (CAN)

Name of Organization

CAN International

Dates

January 2012 – September 2014

Donor

Funded by HOPE International

Description of Project

The project respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Mogadishu by addressing needs of Somalia's IDP's in Zone K camp. It included 4 distributions of food and non-food relief items, and the construction of a deep-water borehole for the IDP camp and host community’s use. Most IDPs settled in Mogadishu come from southern regions specially; Bay, Bakol, and Lower and Middle Shabelle regions.

Services Provided

Humanitarian Relief and emergency response.