It is estimated that more than 70 percent of Somalia’s population is under the age of 30 and more than one-half of the country’s population is under 18. Yet, Somali youth are marginalized economically and politically due to social and cultural practices that emphasize age seniority and severely limit the potential contributions of young people to their country’s stabilization and development.
In addition, much of the international community’s efforts on stabilization, governance and on the rebuilding of the Somali State have also been focused on the political elite and traditional elders. The exclusion of the youth from economic and political activities hampered peace, stability and development of the country.
Somali One will engage Somali youth in constructive activities to promote stability, socioeconomic and political inclusivity.