Strategic Communications & Public Affairs

The Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Group (SC&PAG) provides strategic support for communication activities and products, together with media relations, research and outreach in line with UNSOM’s mandate.

Strategic communications and campaigns focus on the state and peace-building process, reconciliation, security, preventing and countering violent extremism, civic education, women’s inclusion in political process, human rights & youth issues. 

SC&PAG aids local media through training on ethical political and conflict reporting, journalists’ rights and responsibilities. SC&PAG leads media outreach activities including pitching and facilitating media interviews and visits, and writing and placing op-eds.

SC&PAG also builds the FGS communications capabilities by leading strategy and development for communication campaigns, social media platforms and websites for various government ministries and by providing training and additional support to key FGS partners.

As co-Chair of the UN Information Group for Somalia, SC&PAG works to develop communication campaigns that engage multiple UN Agencies, Funds and Programs as well as the Mission to “speak with one voice” to raise and improve profile of the UN in Somalia with donors, partners, Somali Government and Somali citizens.

SC&PAG has full service production capabilities through our contractor based in Mogadishu for video production, radio, photography, newsroom, print production, community outreach, research and polling/focus groups and social media campaigns.

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  PDF icon A review of UNSOM's strategic communications in support of Somalia's 2016 electoral process

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  PDF icon Countering Al-Shabaab Propaganda and recruitment mechanisms

  PDF icon Voices of Al-Shabaab understanding former combatants from the Baidoa reintegration center