Concept Note: Protection & Humanitarian Innovation


[Using Protection & Human Rights Journalism to achieve protection and humanitarian as well as economic development progress]


SJHR is an innovative organization using media and journalism to report on protection and human rights issues in Somalia especially capturing the plights of the vulnerable people such as women and children and the elderly as well as the youths who are at risk of migrating through desperate journeys on rickety boats hence creating awareness on that to stop a humanitarian catastrophe. We are also carrying out awareness and messaging on prevailing humanitarian problems as we are a member organization of Somalia’s Humanitarian Communication Group (HCG) of the Somalia NGO Consortium (SNC).


The Humanitarian Challenge this Project is Addressing

This project will address protection and human rights issues as well as mass migration. We bring together journalistic techniques and protection and human rights through an innovative way as they are complementary issues. And through these, we address efficiently protection and mass migration.

Currently many parts of the world are being flooded by refugees and economic migrants notably Europe. This concept note is therefore a tool to address or alleviate some of the adverse situations of this trend and alleviate the consequential aspects of the desperate flights from Syria to Sub-Saharan Africa.  Somali Journalists for Human Rights in this case is dedicated to carry out this noble project to minimize the flow of migrants at least from Somalia therefore we are trying hard to contribute to the efforts of the world leaders in trying to mitigate the problem of the negative immigration in the contemporary time of our era.


How this SJHR Project Can Lead to Improved Outcomes

SJHR believes that silence is not an option. We write for protection and human rights hence bringing out or exposing protection and human rights issues in the country and trying to address them. Our innovation leads to improved outcomes as we will bring out or expose the protection and human rights issues and then give recommendations for redress.


Existing Practices Relevant to the Area of Response We Are Targeting

  1. Journalism
  2. Humanitarian Communication
  3. Protection & Human Rights


Evidence that is there for the Need of Innovation in This Area

There is evidence that this kind of innovation is needed in this area in that protection & human rights journalism is complementary to the normal activism used for protection and human rights as journalism is vital for documenting abuses of human rights in the countries where most migrants come from, Somalia being one of them. Such innovations or initiatives currently do exist in the world but are in scarcity or are in other words rare. A good example is Journalist for Human Right’s work (JHR) in Canada. Their work (engaging human rights journalism) really needs commending and to be extended to other places in the world for it makes the world a better place to be. This is what Somali Journalists for Human Rights is trying in Somalia for the benefit of the Somali people and for the benefit of the global citizens. Remember, if rights are protected in Somalia, living standards will improve and Somalia will develop hence Somalis will have an option to love their country and stay there instead of what they do at presence which is engaging in desperate journeys through deserts and across seas only to bother other people of other countries notably in Italy, Greece and the United Kingdom, among others.


What is Innovative in this Project in Comparison to the Existing Practices?

Innovation is adding extra to the ordinary such that an extra ordinary outcome from it exceeds the outcome of the existing practice! Over the years, human rights and protection staff have not had journalism aspect which was under one roof together with their activism. They had to call media staff to assist them cover what they do. Therefore, this project tries to combine protection & human rights with journalism spontaneously. This is what is called human rights journalism which really can change the world for the better. Therefore, as Somalia and the rest of the world need this kind of initiative endeavour, there is high need for support for this effort.

The rational that this solution will work is that we have started our innovative organization some years back while in those years we have been doing such initiatives over and over again.  Since when we have become too active in this noble work, indicators show clearly that protection and human rights improved with protection and human rights abuses going down in general. Together with the humanitarian aid by other NGOs, the current situation in Somalia, a country that has been seeing civil war for nearly a quarter century, is improving.

This effort can later on be broadened and can have a wide mission of combining protection, humanitarian aid and development. Even though one may lead to the other, again when these initiatives are done hand-in-hand or effectively parallel, then for sure a great deal of positive change can be realized sooner than anticipated.


Methodology/the Outline of the Methodology to Use for Carrying Out the Proposed Innovative Project/Operational Guidelines 

  • Gathering information on violations in a well organized journalistic manner
  • Using the gathered information, coming up or designing radio and TV programmes and other media programmes exposing the plights of people or the violations or abuses against people in the country which make them feel frustrated and feel like abandoning the country
  • Designing other methods of heightening the level of the awareness including resource documents, issuance of communiqués, outreach programs, door to door campaigns, meetings with stakeholders and workshops
  • Pinpointing recommendations for addressing those problems


Expected Results/Potential Impact

  • More improvement in terms of protection & human rights across the country
  • Minimized injustices
  • Mitigated risks as less people try desperate journeys via deserts and across seas
  • Less embarrassment for the people in the developed countries as less number of immigrants try to arrive their countries
  • Improved economical growth in the developing countries as young and/or educated people don’t move with their brains to elsewhere
  • Less pressure on social amenities in the developed countries as many people who would have migrated to them will opt to remain in their countries of origin
  • Improved economical progress in the entire world as developing countries as well as developed countries improve economically even further
  • Improved feasibility for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
S/No. Description Amount
 1 Phase 1 (of the project having two phases using standard budget estimation) 100,000 (GBP)
 2 Phase 2 (of the project having two phases using standard budget estimation) 100,000 (GBP)
Total: 200,000 (GBP)


University of Nairobi