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Hargeisa (SL Times): A symposium on civil society in Somaliland and Somalia will be launched today at the Ambassador Hotel in Hargeisa. The symposium will be in session until Feb 26, 2003. During this symposium, participants are expected to discuss studies on the status of civil society in Somaliland and Somalia as well as donor assistance to development in these two countries. The reports on these two topics have been undertaken by the international NGO, NOVIB.
Hundreds of participants representing civil society organizations in Somaliland and Somalia will attend the symposium. Travel and food expenses will be met by NOVIB, an organization based in Holland. An extra $15 will also be given to each invited participant for refreshments, telephones, laundry and local transport.
The objective of the symposium is to discuss the findings of the two studies carried out by NOVIB as well as their implications for the role of the civil society in both Somaliland and Somalia.
The symposium is expected to generate debate for understanding the dynamics of civil society and interaction with the international community.
At the end of the symposium, a vision for the future development of the civil society and its role in development, within the context of the history and experience of the different parts of Somaliland and Somalia, will be outlined.