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Function of CSO

Represent - Inspire - Integrate


The Council of Somali Organisations is a second tier organisation which provides support to local community organisations in the London Region. It does this by providing:

  1. A voice for Somali communities in London
  2. Capacity building support for organisations
  3. Training and advice
  4. A forum for articulating the aspirations and contributions of Somali diaspora communities to peace and development in the Horn of Africa


The Council of Somali Organisations will act as an agent for change to inspire increased effectiveness of Somali community organisations. It does this by providing:

  1. Specialised and culturally accessible services to improve effectiveness and efficiency within the sector
  2. Promoting and championing good practice within the Somali Community
  3. Facilitating and strengthening partnerships


The Council of Somali Organisations will promote ever wider and deeper mainstream integration of Somali Diasporas into our society. It does this by:

  1. Amplifying Somali diaspora voices and initiatives which promote deeper social cohesion, and citizenship values
  2. Promoting civic and wider community participation, as a driver of social cohesion.
  3. Articulating and promoting the existing nexus between Somali cultural norms and British values