The perception of the community on women organizations in Borama district, Somaliland

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Kampala International University,College of Humanities and Social Science
In Somaliland, women organizations have been the major contributors to the social development work since the end of the civil war. They had voluntarily organized themselves to provide basic needs to the vulnerable groups in the community yet their work has been undermined by the community. Therefore this study investigated the community perception on women organizations that are carrying out social development work in Borama District. The objectives of the study were to establish a significant difference in the level of perception of urban and rural community on women organizations, and to determine the successful projects implemented by women organizations. The study was conducted through descriptive research; data were collected between January and March 2011. From both primary and secondary sources using questionnaires and interview guides, primary data were collected from a sample of 80 respondents through purposive and simple random sampling. Cross tabulation and frequency were used to analyze data, The study established that the majority of the respondents agreed that women organizations have played great role to contribute to the social development work since the end of the civil war. It also shows that there is a difference in perception between urban and rural communities in Borama district and that awareness raising and capacity building projects are the most successful projects implemented by women organizations. The study also recommends that Borama district community should encourage and create conducive environment for women organizations so as to carry out their developmental work effectively, Women organizations should extend their social development work to the vulnerable groups in rural areas.
A Thesis Presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Development Studies
Community, Women organizations, Borama district, Somaliland