In response to chronic insecurity in Mogadishu, civic activists and civil society groups have organised numerous initiatives to reduce civilian casualties and to protect people, including the neighbourhood watches described in this article by Mohamed Ahmed Jama. In the absence of a functioning government neighbourhood watches have provided an alternative and effective mechanism for delivering safety and security.
In parallel with the neighbourhood watches, local development NGOs supported a voluntary demobilization programme. This helped to reintegrate militias, criminals and unemployed youth in the neighbourhoods into the community.
Mohamed Ahmed Jama