The status of Nagaad's Capacity on the Engagement of Business

1 Introduction
This report is a general summary presenting the status of Nagaad intervention on enhancing women's economic empowerment in Somaliland. It provides a brief introduction on Nagaad's history with particluar focus on Nagaad's interventions in this regard.

This report also presents a summary of questions raised by CIPE on the status of Nagaad's interventions (See table 1 below, for the questions and responses), in a generic summary form up to 31st March 2016. The remaining unreported activities will be completed on the related specific due dates.

1.1 Background
Nagaad Network is the lead organization in working towards women's empowerment at national, regional and district levels in Somaliland. Nagaad was founded in 1997 by a group of women from different walks of life. Its member organisations numbering 45 women's organizations are located across the country with each organisation containing an average membership of 75 women each. As a result, around 3,450 women engage in different activities including advocacy and capacity strengthening.

1.2 Nagaad's thematic program areas include the following:
A. Women’s And Girl'S Education
B. Economic Empowerment For Women Through Institutionalization Of Women'S Business Associations
C. Participation Of Women In Political Decision Making And Peace Building
D. Women’s Reproductive Rights
E. Environmental Sustainability To Promote Women’s Well Being


2. Women's Business Self-Help Groups
Currently, Nagaad Network supports business women in all regions of the country. As a result, Nagaad established, coordinated, and supports 161 Women Self-Help Groups consisting of 20 members in each group running different types of businesses. The total number of business women is 3,200 and operational  in all the six regions of the country. Nagaad has a strong and trustworthy working relationship with all its stakeholders: government authorities, international partners, member organizations, and has its presence at the national, regional and grass-roots level of within communities in the country.

3. Somaliland Women's Chamber of Commerce (SWCC)
The Somaliland Women's Chamber of Commerce (SWCC) is a national women's business association falling under the remit of the National Chamber of Commerce. It was established by Nagaad in 2015. Its current members comprise of Nagaad's member organizations and the Women Self-Help Groups and women business associations Nagaad established in Somaliland's six regions.

The Somaliland Women's Chamber of Commerce (SWCC) is the only women's economic empowerment organisation at the national level. SWCC was formed as a non-profit, non-political, non-partisan development and women's business entrepreneurship chamber dedicated to mobilize and empower women in the line with  Article 12 of the Nagaad's Constitution.

The role of NAGAAD to SWCC is to voice on behalf of national women and their economic participation, which is the base of all other social entrepreneurships. The Chamber of Commerce of Somaliland currently registered 3000 business entrepreneurship, which women forms 10% of 300 at national level. SWCC provides resources to help women entrepreneurs launch new businesses, grow their businesses and compete in the global marketplace.
The current primary members of SWCC are 300 businesses registered with the Chamber of Commerce of Somaliland and 1,320 women small scale business, which NAGAAD is about to provide provisions of capacity building including registration.

The mandate of SWCC is to bridge and strengthen Somaliland women in business, to fill the gender gaps currently existing in the country in terms of all aspects of women empowerment with economic development being the primary key for the realization of women’s representation. SWCC aims to promote institutionalization of women's businesses by creating an enabling environment for women through facilitating the moblization of internal and external resources.

The role of Nagaad on behalf of SWCC is to provide a voice and platform on behalf of national women and their economic participation, which is the base of all other social entrepreneurships. The Chamber of Commerce of Somaliland currently has 3000 businesses with women forming 10% of this figure at the national level. SWCC provides resources to help women entrepreneurs launch new businesses, grow their businesses and compete in the global marketplace.

The current primary members of SWCC are 300 businesses registered with the Chamber of Commerce of Somaliland and 1,320 small scale women's businesses. Nagaad is soon to provide capacity building including registration to SWCC members.

The Somaliland Women's Chamber of Commerce (SWCC) is the only women's economic empowerment organisation at the national level. SWCC was formed as a non-profit, non-political, non-partisan development and women's business entrepreneurship chamber dedicated to mobilize and empower women in the line with  Article 12 of the Nagaad's Constitution.