Prevention of child recruitment and reintegration of children associated with armed forces and groups in south central Somalia

Providing jobs to former child soldiers of legal working age is of key importance to ensure their sustainable reintegration into society and to prevent them from being re-recruited by armed forces or groups or from engaging in exploitative work


Type:                            Technical Cooperation Project

Project Title:               Prevention of child recruitment and reintegration
                                      of children associated with armed forces groups
                                      in south central somalia

Funded by:                 European Union (EU)
Period Covered :       1st October 2012 – 31st March 2014
Partners:                     UNICEF
Location:                     south central Somalia
Implemented by:      ILO Somalia programme


The ILO is therefore pursuing its efforts to strengthen the economic component of reintegration programmes for former child soldiers in relevant countries worldwide.

The European Union is funding an ILO Somalia project in Mogadishu to support the economic reintegration of children formerly associated with armed forces and groups (CAAFAG) and support children at risk of recruitment.

Final beneficiaries– Children associated with armed forces and groups (CAAFAG) and children at risk of recruitment, ages 14-17
Target group–Stakeholders (government, local NGO’s, civil society) involved in the reintegration of children

Executive summary of the Action

The project has the following objectives:

Overall objective:

To contribute to the effective prevention of child recruitment and reintegration of children associated with armed forces and armed groups (CAAFAG) in south central Somalia.

Specific Objective:
  • An integrated common approach to social and economic integration of working age former CAAFAG and children at risk of recruitment is piloted through interagency collaboration.
  • Local actors have the capacity to provide the required services for the economic reintegration of CAAFAG and children at risk of recruitment.
  • Reintegrate former CAAFAG and other children at risk of recruitment above the minimum working age.
These objectives are achieved through the following results:

Result 1.1: The project implementing partner (IP) has the capacity to implement and monitor the integrated common approach to social and economic re-integration of children.

Result 1.2: The integrated common approach to reintegration of children is developed and documented through a participatory approach.

Result 2.1: The capacity of local actors supporting economic reintegration is increased.

Result 3.1: Beneficiaries have acquired marketable skills and are prepared to enter decent employment.

Result 3.2: Beneficiaries are supported to enter and maintain decent (self) employment.


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