The High Level Partnership Forum held in Istanbul Turkey on the 23rd and 24th was attended by the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation H.E Abdirahman Yusuf Aynte who was accompanied to the summit by Mr. Abdi Dirshe the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry and Mr. Dalmar Hassan who is the Government lead of PSG 5 [Peace and State building Goals Revenue and Services].
The Minister gave a well received presentation on the considerable progress made in the areas of health, education, social protection and public financial management in the year 2015, while reiterating the importance of accelerating the delivery of basic services to the citizens of Somalia as fundamental requirement of re-establishing state legitimacy in Somalia.
He also underlined the importance of changing the focus from short term humanitarian interventions to long term development aid planning which will guide long term programme interventions needed for genuine change in the living standards and access to services of the average Somali
” The current basic services support has evolved from a purely humanitarian approach, especiallyin health and education towards longer term program horizons and program support; however, funding commitments are still short-term and insufficient, and data gathered don’t show whether the increased service delivery is either equitable or affordable. In health, geographical and scope coverage of delivery is limited, with referral system and secondary health mainly depending on humanitarian funding. Moreover, with roughly $30m per year countrywide, education funding is very low and posing challenges for expanding core primary education access fundamental service that presages state legitimacy as well as a counter act to violent extremist groups that benefit from an uneducated and unemployable youth population”